Haslam Unveils Visionary 'Tennessee Promise'

Monday, February 03, 2014 | 06:18 pm

Proposes free community and technology college education to every graduating senior

NASHVILLE – During his fourth annual State of the State address before the General Assembly, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam tonight introduced the “Tennessee Promise.” 

The historic proposal commits to providing on a continuing basis two years of community college or a college of applied technology (TCAT) absolutely free of tuition and fees to graduating high school seniors. 

Tennessee Named "2013 State Of The Year" For Economic Development

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 | 10:14 am

Business Facilities magazine cites diverse top projects in award

NASHVILLE – Tennessee is the “2013 State of the Year,” according to Business Facilities magazine, a national economic development publication.

Tennessee’s top five economic development projects created a total of 6,900 jobs, $3.2 billion in capital investment and included seven expansions and three new recruitments. The magazine picked the state after evaluating the top five projects for the number of jobs created and amount of capital invested from October 1, 2012 through October 31, 2013.

Haslam Announces Grant For Northeast State Community College

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 01:44 pm

Total award of $843,000 for community college’s advanced technology programs

BLOUNTVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a grant award of $843,000 for Northeast State Community College to fund needed equipment for advanced technology programs at the school.

The governor proposed and the General Assembly approved $16.5 million in this year’s budget for equipment and technology related to workforce development programs at Tennessee colleges of applied technology and community colleges, part of Haslam’s “Drive to 55” effort to increase the number of Tennesseans with post-secondary credentials.

Governor Haslam Announces Innovation Strategy in Tennessee

Thursday, May 05, 2011 | 12:30 pm

Unveils INCITE Initiative as First Step Towards Innovation Leadership in Southeast

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $50 million initiative designed to support innovation across the state. The goal of the program, called INCITE for its focus on innovation, commercialization, investment, technology and entrepreneurship, is to raise Tennessee’s profile in innovation-based economic development and drive growth in the creation of knowledge-based jobs. INCITE is a component of Haslam’s recently announced Jobs4TN strategy and will be managed by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD).

Governor Haslam and Commissioner Hagerty Announce Jobs4TN Plan and Results of First Departmental Top-To-Bottom Review

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 12:00 pm

Jobs4TN Plan Includes Four Key Strategies; ECD to Reduce Staff by 35 percent

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner (ECD) Bill Hagerty today announced the Jobs4TN plan, which lays out the administration’s economic development strategy resulting from a top-to-bottom review of the department. The governor’s Jobs4TN plan focuses on:

New Labor Vehicles Hit the Road with Job Resources

Wednesday, April 06, 2011 | 01:50 pm

Career Coaches Bring Job Matching and Training to Rural Communities
NASHVILLE - Governor Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development today unveiled three vehicles designed to improve outcomes for those looking for work. Three “Career Coaches” were customized with 10 computer workstations with Internet access, printers, fax machines, and flat screen TV’s with SMART Board overlays to facilitate classroom instruction. The intent of these roving offices is to bring job matching and training to rural communities that have limited access to a Tennessee Career Center.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce New Investment in Greene County, TN

Tuesday, February 22, 2011 | 09:36 am
Austin Powder, Inc to Invest $110 Million, Create 80 New Jobs
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Governor Bill Haslam and ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with executives of Ohio-based Austin Powder, Inc to announce the company’s plan to build a manufacturing facility for the production of liquid ammonium nitrate on a 400 acre site near the intersection of I-81 and Highway 11E in Greene County, Tennessee. The company will invest more than $110 million and create 80 new jobs with an annual payroll of $4 million. The facility will operate under the name U.S. Nitrogen.