The Policy and Legal Section consists of the General Counsel, Title VI Coordinator and Legislative Liaison. The General Counsel serves as in-house counsel for the department and provides legal interpretations of statutes, rules and regulations applicable to the department and its functions. The General Counsel also drafts and monitors contracts with the agency and advises and assists with Title VI compliance issues and legislative drafting and analysis.
“No person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subject to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”
Under the law, state agencies, local or municipal government entities, educational institutions, for-profit and non-profit corporations and institutions that receive federal financial assistance are subject to Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987. The Attorney General concluded that under certain circumstances, federal authorities may refuse to grant or continue federal financial assistance for failure to comply with Title VI and its regulations.
Federal regulations promulgated by various federal agencies require each state agency which receives federal financial assistance to establish a Title VI compliance program.
In 1993, the Tennessee General Assembly enacted legislation requiring each agency of state government to prepare a plan to ensure the agency’s
programs are administered in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The legislation is contained in Tennessee Code Annotated sections
4-21-901 through 4-21-905.
For more information, contact Summer Carr, ECD's Title VI Compliance Officer at (615) 253-1944.
The Department of Economic and Community Development will comply with the Title VI Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Civil Rights Restoration Act of 1987. The department will utilize its best efforts in maintaining compliance in all programs subject to the requirements of Title VI and all other federal regulations applicable to the administration of such programs.
The Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development will not on the basis of race, color, or national origin:
All agencies receiving financial assistance through the department must sign a statement of compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
A complaint alleging discrimination may be filed with the Title VI coordinator.
All entities receiving assistance from the department will be required to have information available for public review on the procedures for filing a
The Title VI coordinator has the responsibility for receiving, logging, acknowledging, investigating complaints and reporting the findings. The coordinator will notify the commissioner and the appropriate program director when a complaint is received.
After receiving a complaint or identifying potential discriminating activity the department will take the following steps: