Economic & Community Development

Tennessee Wins Area Development's Gold Shovel Award

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 01:27 pm

Annual Award Recognizes Achievements in Job Creation and Economic Impact

NASHVILLE – Tennessee has once again ranked among the best in economic development by Area Development magazine, a leading executive publication covering corporate site selection and facility planning. The Volunteer State, along with Texas, South Carolina and Utah, were named the winners of the magazine’s 2012 Gold Shovel Awards, presented annually to states that have achieved significant success in terms of job creation and economic impact. Tennessee received a Gold Shovel award in 2009 and Silver Shovel awards in 2006, 2010 and 2011.

"42" Begins Production in Chattanooga

Wednesday, June 06, 2012 | 10:46 am

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty visited the set of "42" in Chattanooga on Friday, May 25. The feature film is based on the story of baseball great Jackie Robinson and is written and directed by Academy Award® winner Brian Helgeland. The film stars Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the heroic African American who was the first man to break the color line in the big leagues and whose uniform number, "42," is the only one to be retired by Major League Baseball. Harrison Ford stars as Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey, the MLB executive who first signed Robinson to the minors in 1945 before bringing him up to the majors two years later.

Dana Expanding Paris Operations

Tuesday, May 29, 2012 | 02:14 pm

Company Investing $3.8 Million and Creating 49 Jobs in Henry County

NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today joined with company officials to announce Dana Holding Corporation's decision to expand its Paris, Tenn. manufacturing operation. The expansion represents a $3.8 million investment and will create 49 new, full-time jobs in addition to the approximately 500 jobs already based at the plant.

The Highlands Group to Open New Facility in Elizabethton

Monday, May 21, 2012 | 10:19 am

Plastics Recycling Company to Create 34 Jobs in Carter County

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and The Highlands Group today announced plans to open a facility in Elizabethton, Tenn. at 200 Smoky Mountain Way. The plastics recycling company will create 34 manufacturing jobs at this new location in Carter County.

Haslam Signs Legislation to Expand Fasttrack Program

Thursday, May 17, 2012 | 09:20 am

Bill aims to boost economic development in rural counties and for extraordinary projects

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced he has signed legislation to expand the state’s FastTrack program to specifically support economic development in rural communities and for exceptional projects. 
The governor proposed the legislation, HB 2344/SB 2206, in January to create the FastTrack Economic Development Fund, an expansion of the Department of Economic and Community Development’s (ECD) current infrastructure and job training program.

Agero to Open State-of-the-Art Call Center in Clarksville

Monday, May 14, 2012 | 02:32 pm

Connected Vehicle Service Provider to Create More than 500 Jobs in Montgomery County

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with company officials, announced today Agero, a leading provider of connected vehicle services including roadside assistance and claims management, will open a call center in Montgomery County. This announcement brings with it a capital investment of $8 million and the creation of more than 500 jobs.

ECD to Lead Trade Mission to Mexico City July 17-20

Thursday, May 10, 2012 | 02:10 pm

Second Trade Mission for TNTrade Program Will Focus on Automotive Industry

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that the department will lead a trade mission to Mexico City July 17–20, 2012 that will focus on Tennessee’s automotive manufacturers. Applications are due June 1, 2012 and are available at The trade mission is part of the recently announced TNTrade, ECD’s initiative designed to help boost exports by Tennessee’s small- and medium-sized businesses.