Economic & Community Development

Phillip Fulmer to Keynote at 61st Annual Governor's Conference on Economic and Community Development

Monday, August 18, 2014 | 10:00 am
Phillip Fulmer
Phillip Fulmer

College Football Hall of Fame Head Coach to Address Commissioner’s Luncheon on Nov. 13, 2014

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that Phillip Fulmer, former University of Tennessee football head coach, will be the keynote speaker at the Commissioner’s Luncheon Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 during the 61st Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development. The conference theme will focus on “The Tennessee Story” celebrating the state’s exceptional craftsmanship, dedicated workforce and the unmatched experience of living and working in Tennessee. Hundreds of state and local officials, business leaders and economic developers will convene at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel for the event held Nov. 13-14 in Nashville.

ThreeStar Status Awarded to 85 Counties

Thursday, August 14, 2014 | 10:00 am

93 out of 95 Counties Meet Audit Committee Requirement

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced 85 out of 95 counties have been awarded ThreeStar status. In addition, since the ThreeStar community development program began requiring eligible communities to create and maintain a County Audit Committee in January 2013, the number of counties with Audit Committees has increased substantially. As of March 2013, there were 32 audit committees around the state; as of July 2014, there are 93.

“The ThreeStar program is a vital component to our state’s overall level of success, providing counties with a proven roadmap for continued economic and community strength, which in turn helps Tennessee win new investment and jobs,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Tennessee has been recognized as the number one state in the nation for economic development and these audit committees support Governor Haslam’s overarching goal of making Tennessee the most efficiently run state on every level. I congratulate all of our ThreeStar counties and those communities who are taking the initiative to create Audit Committees and work toward achieving fiscal strength and efficient government.”

"My Many Sons" Movie Begins Filming in Tennessee

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 | 10:00 am
Coach Don Meyer with Lipscomb University basketball players.
Coach Don Meyer with Lipscomb University basketball players.

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that it has approved a $175,000 grant for “My Many Sons” to film in Music City. The movie is based on Don Meyer’s career as a successful head basketball coach, including his years coaching the Lipscomb University men’s team from 1975-1999, and the many lives he influenced along the way. Throughout the next three weeks of filming in Nashville, Lipscomb University students will gain hands on experience as interns on set and be cast as extras in the movie.

“Tennessee’s rich history as a center of creative excellence in the film and music industries makes Nashville the perfect location choice for ‘My Many Sons’,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Lipscomb University is an great asset to our community and our state and I am pleased Don Meyer’s leadership and contribution over the years at such a respected institution will be highlighted in this film. ‘My Many Sons’ decision to film here, offer Lipscomb University students valuable behind-the-scenes learning opportunities and hire local actors, is a testament to the kind of creative and collaborative environment our department works to support and highlight around our state.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Academy Sports + Outdoors to Create 700 New Jobs in Cookeville

Friday, August 08, 2014 | 10:15 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Academy Sports + Outdoors officials announced today the company will build a new 1.6 million square foot distribution center on more than 200 acres in Cookeville to support continued company growth. The premier sports, outdoors and lifestyle retailer will invest $100 million and create approximately 700 new jobs in Putnam County over the next five years.

“I want to thank Academy Sports + Outdoors for its investment in Tennessee and the hundreds of new jobs they’re bringing to Cookeville and Putnam County,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s geographic location is a big advantage for companies distributing their product, and today’s announcement supports our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee’s strength in transportation and logistics paired with its ideal central location make our state a stand out choice for companies that deliver quality products to their customers each and every day,” Hagerty said. “As a state, we strive to foster a business environment that is both appealing to new companies and accommodating to our incumbent industries, and I couldn’t be more pleased to see Academy Sports + Outdoors choose Cookeville for its newest distribution operations.”

TNECD Announces Fifth Round of Select Tennessee Certified Sites

Thursday, August 07, 2014 | 10:00 am

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced the next eight Select Tennessee Certified Sites. The Select Tennessee program was launched in June 2012 with the goal of helping Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion. The program sets a consistent and rigorous standard upon which companies can rely in making critical location decisions. To date, 34 greenfield sites have been certified and new facilities are being located at Select Tennessee Sites in Anderson, Benton, Dyer, Montgomery and Sumner Counties. The eight newest sites are:

•    Airport Industrial Park, Site A: Madison County (James Lawrence Road, Jackson)
•    Airport Industrial Park, Site B: Madison County (Smith Lane, Jackson)
•    Cherry Glen Industrial Park: Maury County (Hwy 43/Sam Watkins Blvd., Mt. Pleasant)
•    Gibson County Industrial Park, North Site: Gibson County (N Central Avenue, Humboldt)
•    Gibson County Industrial Park, South Site: Gibson County (N Central Avenue, Humboldt)
•    Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Park, Lot 4: Lincoln County (Winchester Highway, Fayetteville)
•    Team Lawrence Commerce Park, East Site: Lawrence County (US Highway 43N, Ethridge)
•    Team Lawrence Commerce Park, West Site: Lawrence County (US Highway 43N, Ethridge)

Big Bend Galvanizing, LLC to Locate New Manufacturing Facility in Trenton

Monday, August 04, 2014 | 02:00 pm

Hot Dip Galvanizing Company to Invest $8 Million, Create 40 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Big Bend Galvanizing, LLC officials announced today the company will locate a new manufacturing facility at 1000 Industrial Park Dr. in Trenton. Due to high client demand throughout the Midwest and Southeast, the Missouri-based company will expand its operations by investing $8 million in the Trenton facility and creating 40 new jobs in Gibson County.

“Companies choose to locate in Tennessee for a number of reasons, but our pro-business environment, ideal central location and advanced transportation and logistics system tend to be prominent factors in the decision making process,” Hagerty said. “I appreciate Big Bend Galvanizing for selecting Tennessee for its newest manufacturing facility and for the jobs the company is creating in Trenton.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce SL Tennessee, LLC to Create 1,000 New Jobs in Clinton

Friday, July 25, 2014 | 09:19 am

Automotive Parts Manufacturer to Invest $80.5 Million to Build Third Manufacturing Facility

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with SL Tennessee, LLC officials announced today the company will construct a new 250,000 square foot building to join its two existing facilities in the Clinton/I-75 Industrial Park, a Select Tennessee Certified Site. The South Korean automotive parts manufacturer will invest $80.5 million and create 1,000 new jobs in Anderson County. Located in Clinton since 2001, this will be the company’s fifth expansion.

Governor Haslam Announces Volkswagen Group of America to Expand Chattanooga Manufacturing Operations, Produce New Midsize SUV Line

Monday, July 14, 2014 | 07:17 am

Automotive Manufacturer To Invest $600 Million, Create 2,000 New Jobs



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Volkswagen Group of America officials announced today the company will expand its sole U.S. manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Volkswagen will add an additional manufacturing line and create the National Research & Development and Planning Center of Volkswagen Group of America. Volkswagen’s total global investment for the expansion will be $900 million, with $600 million invested in Tennessee and 2,000 new jobs being created in Hamilton County.
 
"Today is an exciting day not just for Chattanooga and Hamilton County but for all of Tennessee, and I want to thank Volkswagen for its significant long-term investment in our state,” Haslam said. “The impact of this announcement goes far beyond the 2,000 new jobs because of the large multiplier effect of the automotive industry, and adding an additional manufacturing line and the National Research & Development and Planning Center sends a clear signal that Tennessee can compete with anyone in the global marketplace.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce ABC Group Inc. to Expand Gallatin Operations

Thursday, July 10, 2014 | 10:00 am

Automotive Systems Manufacturer to Invest $25.5 Million, Create 230 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with ABC Group Inc. officials announced today the company will add an additional 180,000 square feet to its existing Gallatin facility in response to increased demand for automotive related products. ABC Group will invest $25.5 million in land, infrastructure and equipment and create 230 new jobs over the next five years in Sumner County.

“We are thankful for ABC Group’s decision to expand its operations in Gallatin and for the more than 200 jobs the company is creating in Sumner County,” Haslam said. “Existing industry expansions, along with Tennessee’s strong automotive manufacturing base, help support our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee has ranked No. 1 state in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength, and this announcement by ABC Group underscores the continued manufacturing momentum in our state,” Hagerty said. “Incumbent Tennessee industries are an integral part of the communities they call home, and I appreciate ABC Group for reaffirming its commitment to the citizens of Sumner County.”

JMS Russel Metals Corporation to Expand Jackson Processing Facility

Wednesday, July 02, 2014 | 01:59 pm

Steel and Aluminum Products Distributor to Invest $2.5 Million, Create 26 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with JMS Russel Metals Corporation officials today announced the company will expand its steel plate processing facility in Jackson by investing $2.5 million in new equipment to allow additional processes to be done in-house. The expansion will result in the addition of 26 new manufacturing jobs in Madison County.

“Under Gov. Haslam’s leadership, net new manufacturing jobs have increased significantly here in Tennessee, placing our state among the top 10 states in the nation for job creation in this sector,” Hagerty said. “We strive to create a business-friendly environment to support the growth and success of incumbent industries, and I appreciate JMS Russel Metals’ efforts to spur job creation in Jackson and for the company’s continued investment in Tennessee.”