Economic & Community Development

Tennessee Galvanizing to Expand Jasper Facility

Tuesday, October 02, 2012 | 01:05 pm

Metal Galvanizing Company to Invest $2.3 Million, Create 35 Jobs in Marion County

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced Tennessee Galvanizing’s decision to expand its Jasper, Tenn. facility, located at 1535 Industrial Blvd.  The expansion represents an investment of $2.3 million and the creation of 35 manufacturing jobs.

LeRoy Thompson Named New ECD East Tennessee Regional Director

Thursday, September 27, 2012 | 10:22 am

Thompson to Help with Existing Industry Expansions and New Business Recruitment

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that Knoxville native and real estate developer LeRoy Thompson has been named East Tennessee regional director effective Oct. 16.  Thompson will be responsible for leading Governor Bill Haslam’s economic development efforts in the East Tennessee jobs base camp region and will serve as the primary point of contact for all issues relating to job creation.

Governor Haslam Announces 11 Community Development Block Grants

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 | 01:47 pm

Grants Assist Communities with Infrastructure Improvements

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced 11 recipients of Community Development Block Grants that will assist with infrastructure improvements in area communities.  The grant recipients included Mt. Pleasant, Hickman County, Hohenwald, Centerville, Adamsville, Bethel Springs, City of Henry, McNairy County, Michie, Bolivar and Benton County.  Additional CDBG recipients will be announced throughout October. 

Governor Haslam Announces Seven Community Development Block Grants

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | 12:18 pm

Grants Assist Communities with Infrastructure Improvements

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced today seven recipients of Community Development Block Grants that will assist with infrastructure improvements in area communities.  The grant recipients included Alexandria, Algood, Lafayette, McMinnville, South Carthage, Sparta and Westmoreland.  Additional CDBG recipients will be announced throughout September and October.

Tennessee Downtowns Now Accepting Applications

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 01:21 pm

Downtown Revitalization Program Offers Selected Communities Technical Assistance, Workshop, Grant Funds

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is now accepting applications for Tennessee Downtowns, a competitive community improvement program for communities seeking to revitalize traditional commercial districts. The program is open to communities with downtown commercial districts established at least 50 years ago and whose citizens are ready to organize efforts for downtown revitalization. Applications are available online at www.tennesseemainstreet.org and must be completed by Thursday, Nov. 1.

ECD Commissioner to Take Unpaid Leave Of Absence

Monday, September 10, 2012 | 12:01 pm

Hagerty to serve on Romney readiness team through November election
 
NASHVILLE – Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Bill Hagerty will take a temporary leave of absence to volunteer as a member of the Romney/Ryan presidential readiness team in Washington, D.C.
 
Hagerty’s unpaid leave will run from Monday, September 17 through Tuesday, November 6.  Despite the scheduled time away, he will be in Nashville October 18 and 19 to oversee the Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development.

Registration Now Open for The 59th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development

Thursday, September 06, 2012 | 12:30 pm

Conference to Focus on ‘Global Reach, Local Impact’ for Economic Development 

NASHVILLE – Registration is now open for the 59th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development to be held October 18 – 19 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.  The conference will focus on thinking globally in terms of economic development and the impact that will have locally in Tennessee communities. Click here to register online or visit www.tnecdcon.com.

“In today’s global economy, it’s important to understand that economic development is no longer a competition amongst neighboring states but with countries around the world,” Bill Hagerty, ECD commissioner, said.  “Governor Haslam and I look forward to another successful conference this year and hope that attendees are inspired by fresh ideas, resources and initiatives that can make their community more competitive in this global race for new investments.”

ECD Accepting Entries for Governor’s Award for Trade Excellence

Thursday, September 06, 2012 | 09:30 am

Tennessee Companies to be Honored for Exporting Successes at 2012 Governor’s Conference

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is now accepting applications for the 2012 Governor’s Award for Trade Excellence (GATE). The awards will be presented at the Governor’s Luncheon on October 19, 2012 during the Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tenn.  Nominations may be submitted at http://www.tnecdcon.com/awards.html, and the deadline to apply is Sept. 28, 2012.   

“Exporting can open up entirely new markets and sources of revenue for Tennessee businesses, and we want to honor those companies making an impact in the global marketplace,” Bill Hagerty, ECD commissioner, said.  “This past year we launched the TNTrade initiative to help boost exports by small- and medium-sized businesses and have seen great success with two different trade missions including one to China and South Korea in April followed by Mexico City in July.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Hönigsberg & Düvel Expansion

Tuesday, September 04, 2012 | 09:00 am

Information Technology Company to Invest $600,000, Create 116 New Jobs in Chattanooga

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced Hönigsberg & Düvel Corporation, an information technology company, will expand its Chattanooga operations. The announcement represents an investment of $600,000 and will create 116 new jobs. 

“When companies in Tennessee make decisions to expand and grow, it is our goal to offer the right environment and partnerships to ensure those jobs are created here,” Haslam said. “I am grateful to Hönigsberg & Düvel for increasing the company’s presence in our state and creating more high-quality jobs for our citizens.”

Governor Haslam, Lt. Governor Ramsey, Commissioner Hagerty Welcome U.S. Solutions Group, Inc. to Sullivan County

Thursday, August 30, 2012 | 09:01 am

Company to Open Call Center in Bristol, Tenn., Create Over 500 Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced U.S. Solutions Group, Inc., a Teleperformance company, will open a call center in Sullivan County. The announcement represents an investment of $4.1 million and the creation of 548 jobs. The new facility will be located at 2536 West State Street in Bristol, Tenn.