Economic & Community Development

Sweetwater Certified as a Tennessee Main Street Community

Friday, September 27, 2013 | 09:00 am

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic Development announced today Sweetwater, located in McMinn and Monroe Counties, has achieved Tennessee Main Street certification. The community joins 26 other Tennessee Main Street communities that are certified through the state program and accredited by the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
 
“Some of Tennessee’s best assets lie in our unique culture, heritage and geographic diversity,” ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “The Main Street Program highlights communities who are diligently working to create vibrant downtowns that encourage business development and tourism, qualities valued both by industries already located here and by those considering Tennessee as their next location. I congratulate Sweetwater on this great accomplishment.” 

Lebanon Certified as a Tennessee Main Street Community

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | 01:31 pm

NASHVILLE—The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today Lebanon, located in Wilson County, has achieved Tennessee Main Street certification. The community joins 25 other Tennessee Main Street communities that are certified through the state program and accredited by the National Main Street Center, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

“Creating vibrant downtown districts that support businesses and draw-in community members and visitors alike, is an important part of Tennessee’s culture and distinctive appeal in a global economy. Strong downtowns signal a healthy local economy and show companies looking to expand or move why Tennessee is the best place to do business,” ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “I congratulate Lebanon on their achievement and welcome them to the Main Street community.”

Shaw Industries to Expand Marion County Facility

Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | 09:12 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Shaw Industries officials today announced the company will expand its facility in South Pittsburg, Tenn. Shaw Industries Group, Inc. will invest $40 million and create more than 25 new jobs in Marion County to increase its capacity by more than 60 percent.

“Tennessee has the best balance sheet in the country and the kind of business friendly environment where incumbent companies like Shaw Industries Group, Inc. can feel confident to reinvest and further their growth,” Hagerty said. “I want to thank Shaw Industries Group, Inc. for being a valued corporate citizen and appreciate these new jobs they will create for Tennesseans.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Unilever to Expand Covington Ice Cream Facility

Thursday, September 19, 2013 | 02:32 pm

Global Consumer Goods Giant to Invest $108.7 Million, Add 428 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Unilever officials announced today the company will expand operations at its Covington facility. Plans include facility and site improvements for an 11,000 square foot engine room expansion and a 90,000 square foot parking lot expansion resulting in an investment of $108.7 million and the addition of 428 new full-time positions over a four-year period. Upon completion of the project, Unilever expects to have a workforce of nearly 1,000 employees in Covington.

Governor Haslam Announces Six Community Development Block Grants

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 03:36 pm

Grants to Assist Gibson County Communities with Fire Protection and Sewer System Improvements

TRENTON – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced six recipients of Community Development Block Grants that will assist with fire protection and sewer system improvements in Gibson County communities. The grant recipients included Dyer, Gibson, Humboldt, Milan, Rutherford and Trenton. Additional CDBG recipients will be announced in the upcoming months.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Merchant House International to Open First U.S. Facility in Tennessee

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 | 10:06 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty, along with officials from the Footwear Division of the Merchant House International Group today announced the company will open its first U.S. footwear manufacturing facility in Jefferson County. The company is moving production of a footwear line from its headquarters in Tianjin, China to Jefferson City due to increased demand from domestic retail customers. Merchant House International will invest $5.4 million and create 109 new jobs at its new Jefferson City facility.

“I want to welcome Merchant House International to Tennessee and thank them for their investment in Jefferson County,” Haslam said. “When a global company chooses to move operations to our state, it speaks volumes about the business environment and the workforce here, and it is another step toward our goal to become the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Merchant House International’s decision to move production to Tennessee underscores how more and more global companies are reevaluating the cost effectiveness of manufacturing overseas,” Hagerty said. “With the best balance sheet in the country and an advantageous central location, our state is ideally positioned to continue winning international business. I want to thank Merchant House International for bringing high quality manufacturing jobs back to Tennessee.”

Tennessee Main Streets Host Fall Activities

Thursday, September 05, 2013 | 10:40 am

NASHVILLE—One of Tennessee’s most beautiful seasons is right around the corner and Tennessee Main Street communities are celebrating fall all across the state. Tennessee Main Street Programs are hosting multiple fall events, including fall festivals and concerts to support historic downtown business districts.

“Historic downtown districts are the heart and soul of so many Tennessee communities,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “Supporting our downtowns leads to increased investment and more visitors, which in turn, drives economic development and job creation.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce ARC Automotive, Inc. to Expand Knoxville Operations

Wednesday, September 04, 2013 | 09:01 am

Airbag Inflator Manufacturer to Invest $3 Million, Create 115 New Jobs in Knox County

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with ARC Automotive, Inc. officials announced today the company will expand its existing Knoxville, Tenn. location. The expansion, necessitated by the company’s growing domestic and international customer base, represents an investment of $3 million and will create 115 new jobs in Knox County.