Economic & Community Development

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

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

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 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.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Startup Tennessee

Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 11:15 am
ECD Posts Online RFI for “Regional Business Accelerators”
NASHVILLE– Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Bill Hagerty of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced the formation of Startup Tennessee, a public-private partnership designed to connect and align entrepreneurial efforts across Tennessee. In addition, ECD posted a request-for-information to gather suggestions about the regional business accelerators the state is planning to support in each of the state’s nine economic development regions. Both Startup Tennessee and these regional business accelerators are part of the Governor’s INCITE Initiative, a key component of the Governor’s Jobs4TN plan.

Commissioner, Rutherford County Officials Welcome Auto Supplier to Rutherford County

Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | 08:52 am

Tottser-Iroquois Industries to Create 25 Jobs in La Vergne

NASHVILLE — Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with officials from Rutherford County in announcing plans by Tottser-Iroquois Industries to locate a manufacturing facility in La Vergne, Tenn. The company is slated to begin operations at 118 Wheeler Street on July 1 and plans to create 25 jobs within a year of operation.