Economic & Community Development

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Expansion of SSM Industries

Thursday, July 28, 2011 | 11:06 am

Company to Invest $3 Million, Create Additional Jobs in Spring City

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with local Rhea County officials to announce a $3 million expansion of SSM Industries in Spring City, Tenn. The expansion will add an additional 45,000 square feet to the company’s manufacturing facility and create 13 new jobs initially, with plans to expand to a projected 25 employees.

Olin Chlor Alkali Products Break Ground on $160 Million Manufacturing Facilities in Charleston, Tenn.

Friday, July 22, 2011 | 09:19 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today congratulated Olin Chlor Alkali Products on the ground breaking of its new state-of-the-art membrane cell manufacturing facilities in Charleston, Tenn. Olin Corp. (NYSE: OLN), owner of Olin Chlor Alkali Products, is investing $160 million in the facilities, which are scheduled for completion by the end of 2012. The facilities will have a capacity of 200,000 tons and will be used to produce chlorine, caustic soda, potassium hydroxide and related products.

Commissioner Hagerty Announces Transition Grant Program for Local Planning Communities

Monday, July 18, 2011 | 02:43 pm

Funds Available to Help Communities Transition Local Planning Services

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced the agency is now accepting applications for transition funding from the 212 communities for whom ECD formerly provided local planning services. Governor Bill Haslam included $1 million for the transition in his 2011-2012 budget and each community applying for grant funds will receive an equal amount. Grant applications will be e-mailed directly to each of the client communities and applicants will have until September 1, 2011 to return the form. Applications will also be available on the agency’s web site at www.tn.gov/ecd.

Commissioner Hagerty Names Patsy Hazlewood Regional Director for Southeast Tennessee

Friday, July 08, 2011 | 08:22 am

Former Executive for AT&T to Lead Economic Development in Region

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today named Chattanooga business and civic leader Patsy Hazlewood as regional director of the “jobs base camp” serving a ten county region in Southeast Tennessee for the department. The post was created in April as part of Governor Bill Haslam’s Jobs4TN initiative and will be based in Chattanooga.

Beat the Heat with Tennessee's Energy Star Appliance Rebate Program

Friday, July 01, 2011 | 09:50 am

Applications for Qualifying Purchases Still Available Online or By Calling Toll-Free

NASHVILLE –
Temperatures are heating up quickly and as Tennessee residents turn up the air conditioning, the Department of Economic and Community Development wants to remind Tennesseans about rebates that are available for qualifying Energy Star cooling and heating appliances. Applications for the State Energy Efficient Appliance Rebate Program (SEEARP) are available online at www.e-rebates.org/teearp or by phone at 1-877-741-4304 on a first-come, first-served basis.

ECD Hosts Downtown Revitalization Workshop

Thursday, June 30, 2011 | 09:55 am

Training Offered to Tennessee Main Street, Tennessee Downtowns Programs

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development hosted a two-day Downtown Revitalization Workshop at the Sheraton Nashville Downtown Monday, June 27 – Tuesday, June 28. Representatives from Tennessee’s 24 Main Street Program communities and 12 newly selected Tennessee Downtowns communities attended the free educational workshop, which was made possible through a $50,000 sponsorship from the United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development.

Tennessee Main Street Program
Tennessee Main Street Program
Tennessee Downtowns Program
Tennessee Downtowns Program

Commissioner, Bristol Officials Welcome DLH Industries to Sullivan County

Wednesday, June 29, 2011 | 02:48 pm

Auto Manufacturer to Initially Employ 25, with More Positions Added in the Next Year

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with city of Bristol officials and Networks Sullivan Partnership in announcing the decision of DLH Industries to locate its newest manufacturing facility in Bristol, Tenn. Headquartered in Canton, Ohio, DLH Industries is a global supplier of engineered plastic solutions in the automotive and other markets. The company will initially employ 25, with plans to expand over the next year to a projected 75 employees.

Three Counties Join State's Retire Tennessee Program

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 01:10 pm

Maury, Roane and Warren Counties Join Ten Established Communities

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today Maury, Roane and Warren 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 13.