Economic & Community Development

Tennessee Ranks No. 1 in Automotive Manufacturing Strength Three Years Running

Monday, July 16, 2012 | 09:04 am

State Earns Eight Top 10 Honors in Business Facilities 2012 State Rankings Report,
Tennessee Cities Also Recognized

NASHVILLE – Business Facilities, a national economic development publication, has issued its annual 2012 State Rankings Report, and Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation for Automotive Manufacturing Strength for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Tennessee earned an additional seven Top 10 honors for economic growth potential, job growth, business and education climate, transportation infrastructure, data center hubs and Race to the Top.

TPR Federal-Mogul Tennessee, Inc. to Establish Operations in Lawrenceburg

Friday, July 13, 2012 | 10:31 am

Automotive Original Parts Manufacturer to Create 72 Jobs, Invest $31 Million in Lawrence County

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty joined with company officials today to announce TPR Federal-Mogul Tennessee, Inc. will locate a manufacturing plant in Lawrence County. The Lawrenceburg facility, located at 201 Helton Drive, will serve the North American automobile manufacturing industry and create 72 jobs.

ECD Announces Automotive Trade Mission Participants

Thursday, July 12, 2012 | 01:02 pm

Seven Tennessee Companies to Join ECD Representatives at PAACE Automechanika in Mexico City

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the participants of a trade mission July 17 - 20, 2012 to Mexico City focusing on the state’s automotive industry. The trade mission is part of ECD’s TNTrade initiative to help boost exports by small- and medium-sized businesses.

Two Counties Join State's Retire Tennessee Program

Thursday, July 05, 2012 | 08:00 am

Franklin and White Counties Join 12 Established Communities

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced Franklin and White counties have met the criteria to join Retire Tennessee, the state’s retiree recruitment program, bringing the state’s total number of active Retire Tennessee programs to 14.

ECD Launches Transparency Website

Friday, June 29, 2012 | 09:57 am to Archive Public Information and Documents Pertaining to the Department

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced the launch of its transparency website, The website is designed to be a user-friendly site where the public can easily access public information and documents pertaining to ECD grants and incentives.

AdTech Ceramics to Expand Chattanooga Facility

Monday, June 25, 2012 | 02:40 pm

Company to Invest $2.25 Million, Create 25 Jobs in Hamilton County

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today joined with Advanced Technical Ceramics Company representatives to announce plans to expand its Chattanooga facility, located at 511 Manufacturers Road. The company will invest $2.25 million and create 25 manufacturing jobs.

ECD Approves Grant for "Nashville" Production

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 | 01:35 pm
Courtesy of ABC and Lionsgate
Courtesy of ABC and Lionsgate

New ABC Fall Show Begins Pre-Production, Projected to Hire More Than 350 Tennesseans

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD) announced today that it has approved a grant of up to $7.5 million for the “Nashville” television show that will film in Music City and premier on ABC this fall. The reimbursable grant will be based on the production’s actual qualified expenditures made in Tennessee. Qualified expenditures are those incurred in the state for goods or services purchased from a Tennessee vendor or paid to a Tennessee resident in connection with the production.

ECD Launches Site Certification Program

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 | 03:26 pm

Select Tennessee Markets Tennessee Sites Ready for Development

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today that it is launching a new, statewide site certification program. The Select Tennessee Certified Sites Program helps 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.

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.