Governor Haslam

Haslam Appoints 13 New Members to Higher Education Boards

Thursday, September 11, 2014 | 09:24 am

Members represent fields of business, healthcare and education, include students and professors
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointments of thirteen new members and two re-appointments to Tennessee’s higher education boards.
 
Bill Lee, Pam Martin and Alex Martin will serve as new members of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).  Shannon Brown, Bill Evans, Julia Wells, Rhedona Rose, R.J. Duncan and David Golden will serve as new members of the University of Tennessee (UT) Board of Trustees.  Barbara Prescott, Leigh Shockey, Rebecca Reeves and Dottye Webb will serve as new members of the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR).  

Haslam Announces Reward in Franklin Murder Case

Friday, September 05, 2014 | 11:12 am

 
$5,000 for information in 1991 case of restaurant worker Peggy Cox 
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $5,000 reward from the state for information leading to the apprehension, arrest and conviction of the person or persons who have committed, attempted to commit or conspired to commit the murder of Peggy Cox on February 1, 1991.
 
“We encourage anyone with information in this case to contact local authorities so the person responsible for this crime can be brought to justice,” Haslam said.

Haslam Announces Five Counties Added to June Flooding Disaster

Thursday, September 04, 2014 | 01:28 pm

Twenty-three counties now eligible for recovery funds from federal disaster declaration 
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that five counties have been added to the federal disaster declaration after severe weather on June 5-10, 2014.  A total of 23 counties are now included in the disaster.
 
State and local governments and electrical utilities spent nearly $10 million in response to, and recovery from, the wind damage and flash-flooding impacts.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Magna International to Expand Maury County Seating Manufacturing Operations

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 01:35 pm

Automotive Manufacturer to Invest $16 Million, Create 357 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Magna International officials announced today the company will expand its Maury County manufacturing operations by investing $16 million to construct a new, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at 701 Beechcroft Road in Spring Hill. Currently located in Columbia, Magna will create 357 new jobs in Maury County over the next two years.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Warby Parker to Open New Office in Davidson County

Wednesday, September 03, 2014 | 09:00 am

NASHVILLE— Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Warby Parker (warbyparker.com) co-founders Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa announced today the transformative lifestyle brand will open a Nashville office, its first outside of New York. The brand will initially open in a temporary location, with plans to build out a permanent space in the near future. As part of the expansion, Warby Parker will create more than 250 new jobs in Davidson County over the next five years.

“We want to thank Warby Parker for investing in Tennessee and creating these high quality jobs in Nashville,” Haslam said. “Tennessee’s central geographic location and strong creative class makes us a natural fit for a design company like Warby Parker, and today’s announcement is another step toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee continues to set itself apart as a state where companies can feel confident in leveraging new investment,” Hagerty said. “Warby Parker is another example of a cutting edge brand deciding to locate in Tennessee, taking advantage of our low cost of living, ideal, central location, and creative and talented workforce pool. Our state offers visionary companies like Warby Parker an environment most conducive to continued success, and I welcome their expansion to Tennessee. I appreciate these new jobs they are creating in our communities and look forward to their continued presence in our state.”

Haslam, Ramsey and Harwell To Convene Education Summit

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | 03:38 pm

Review of Tennessee’s progress, update on current status and discussion on future success
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam joined Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell today to announce that key stakeholders of K-12 education from across the state will come together in Nashville on Thursday, September 18 for Tennessee’s Education Summit: Progress of the Past, Present and Future.
 
“There is nothing more important to the future of our state than getting education right,” Haslam said. “We are making historic progress in Tennessee, and as part of that progress there has been a lot of change and discussion. This is a chance to review where we’ve been, take a look at where we are today, and make sure we’re planning for where we want to go.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce AIG to Expand, Relocate in Nashville

Tuesday, September 02, 2014 | 08:02 am

Leading International Insurance Organization to Add Approximately 200 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and AIG officials announced today the company will expand its Davidson County operations by developing headquarters for the marketing and distribution of financial products related to life insurance.

The expansion will add approximately 200 new jobs over the next three years.

“We want to thank AIG for its continued investment in Tennessee and the jobs they are creating in Davidson County,” Haslam said. “We remain focused not only on recruiting new businesses to the state but also helping our existing industries continue to grow here. Today’s announcement is another step toward our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

Haslam Announces David Purkey As TEMA Director

Friday, August 29, 2014 | 10:34 am

 
Purkey to continue serving as governor’s Homeland Security advisor
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the appointment of David W. Purkey as a deputy commissioner of the Military Department where he will direct the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). 
 
Purkey has served as interim director of TEMA since the April retirement of Jim Bassham. He will also continue to serve as the governor’s Homeland Security advisor and assistant commissioner for the Department of Safety and Homeland Security. 

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce General Motors to Invest $185 Million in Engine Plant, Build New Cadillac SRX in Spring Hill

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 11:02 am

New Line of Eco-Tech Engines to be Used by Five GM Brands in 27 Models

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with General Motors officials announced today the company will invest $185 million to make small gas engines at its Spring Hill manufacturing complex.  GM also identified the next-generation Cadillac SRX as a future mid-size vehicle to be produced at Spring Hill.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Federal-Mogul to Expand Current Operations in Rutherford County

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 09:02 am

NASHVILLE—Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Federal-Mogul officials announced today the company will invest $6.2 million to expand its current distribution facility in Smyrna, Tennessee and create 135 new jobs in Rutherford County.

“We are thankful for Federal-Mogul and their continued investment in our state and the new jobs they are creating in Middle Tennessee,” Haslam said. “When companies like Federal-Mogul choose to reinvest here, it speaks volumes about our workforce and the quality of Tennessee-made products, and today’s announcement is another step toward our goal of becoming the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee continues to set itself apart as a global leader in the automotive industry,” Hagerty said. “Major automotive manufacturers like Nissan, Volkswagen and General Motors support a robust pipeline of more than 900 automotive manufacturers and suppliers located throughout our state. I am pleased Federal-Mogul will continue to be a part of why Tennessee has been named the No. 1 state in the nation for automotive manufacturing strength an unprecedented four years in a row, and I appreciate the new jobs they are creating in our communities.”