Governor Haslam

Haslam Announces Randy Boyd as ECD Commissioner

Thursday, December 18, 2014 | 09:04 am


Boyd played key role in launching the governor’s ‘Drive to 55’ higher education initiative
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Randy Boyd as the new commissioner of Economic and Community Development.
 
A successful entrepreneur, Boyd, 55, served as a full-time, unpaid special advisor to the governor for higher education in 2013, focusing on the “Drive to 55” initiative to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certificates from 32 percent up to 55 percent by the year 2025. Boyd’s work resulted in the Tennessee Promise, the program to provide two years of community college or a college of applied technology (TCAT) absolutely free of tuition and fees to graduating Tennessee high school seniors.

Haslam Names Candice McQueen Education Commissioner

Wednesday, December 17, 2014 | 01:32 pm

Teacher, Dean of Lipscomb University’s College of Education to Lead Department  
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Dr. Candice McQueen, a teacher and dean at Lipscomb University in Nashville, will join his cabinet as commissioner of the Department of Education.
 
McQueen, 40, currently serves on Lipscomb University’s executive leadership team as senior vice president, and as dean she oversees the College of Education as well as the 1,300 pre-k through 12th grade students in three schools at Lipscomb Academy.  She has led training, support and professional development efforts for thousands of current and future classroom teachers, instructional coaches and school leaders. Before joining Lipscomb in 2001, McQueen was a teacher in elementary and middle schools.

Haslam Announces Insure Tennessee Plan

Monday, December 15, 2014 | 10:00 am

Provides health care coverage to more Tennesseans while addressing health outcomes and cost



NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled his Insure Tennessee plan, a two year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who currently don’t have access to health insurance or have limited options.  The program rewards healthy behaviors, prepares members to transition to private coverage, promotes personal responsibility and incentivizes choosing preventative and routine care instead of unnecessary use of emergency rooms.   


The governor announced that he plans to call a special session to focus on the proposal after the 109th General Assembly convenes in January.



“We made the decision in Tennessee nearly two years ago not to expand traditional Medicaid,” Haslam said.  “This is an alternative approach that forges a different path and is a unique Tennessee solution.  This plan leverages federal dollars to provide health care coverage to more Tennesseans, to give people a choice in their coverage, and to address the cost of health care, better health outcomes and personal responsibility.

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing USA, Inc. to Expand Vonore Operations

Monday, December 15, 2014 | 09:01 am

No. 1 Selling Jet Boat Manufacturer to Invest $17.7 Million, Create 150 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing USA, Inc. officials announced today the company will expand operations by purchasing an additional building located adjacent to its current production facility in Vonore. Yamaha, the largest manufacturer of 19-foot to 24-foot sport boats in the United States, will invest $17.7 million and create 150 new jobs in Monroe County.

Haslam Announces Workforce Development Grant Recipients

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 02:11 pm

LEAP program seeks to better link higher education, industry to enhance Drive to 55 effort
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced the recipients of the Labor Education Alignment Program (LEAP) competition, a state effort focused on increasing opportunities for Tennesseans to obtain a certificate or degree beyond high school that is aligned with the needs of the workforce in their communities.

Haslam Announces Tourist Development Commissioner To Depart

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 11:00 am

Tourism industry collaborating better than ever before to attract visitors to state
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced that Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the Department of Tourist Development, will be departing the administration after dedicating 12 years of leading the department to return to the private sector. 
 
“Susan has done a great job of promoting the unique assets that Tennessee has to offer to visitors from across the country and around the world,” Haslam said. “I am grateful for her leadership and service as we’ve worked to leverage all of the good work happening across the state to attract more people to Tennessee.”

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Target Corporation to Locate New Online Fulfillment Center in Memphis

Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 10:05 am

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Target Corporation announced today the company’s plans to locate a new 900,000 square foot online fulfillment center at 5461 Davidson Road in Memphis. Target will invest upwards of $50 million in the facility and create more than 400 new jobs in Shelby County.

“We want to welcome Target to Tennessee and thank the company for investing in our state and adding more than 400 jobs to our Memphis workforce,” Haslam said. “It goes without saying that a company like Target can choose to do business anywhere in the country, so it means a great deal that they chose Memphis. We are always grateful for announcements like these as they help us toward our goal to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee’s favorable central location and strength in transportation and logistics is second to none, and with convenient access to the Memphis International Airport, the No. 1 busiest cargo airport in the Western Hemisphere, Memphis is an extraordinary choice for Target’s newest online fulfillment center,” Hagerty said. “Target will be a great addition to the corporate landscape of Shelby County, and I applaud the company for its investment and confidence in our state and our exceptional workforce.”

Haslam Outlines Initiatives To Support Teachers

Tuesday, December 09, 2014 | 04:20 pm

 Proposals address testing, evaluations, local control and teacher input
 
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced several key initiatives to support Tennessee teachers in response to direct feedback from educators across the state.  The proposals reflect input that the governor received during statewide meetings with more than 150 educators and that came out of an education summit he co-hosted with Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey and House Speaker Beth Harwell in September.  

Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce 3M Company to Locate New Manufacturing Facility in Clinton

Friday, December 05, 2014 | 01:54 pm

Global Innovation Company to Invest $135 Million, Create 100 New Jobs

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with 3M Company officials announced today the company will purchase a 772,000 square foot building located on 160 acres in the Eagle Bend Industrial Park in Clinton. The announcement is the latest step in 3M’s efforts to grow its North American manufacturing operations, and represents an investment of $135 million and the creation of 100 new jobs in Anderson County.

M-TEK To Locate New North American Headquarters in Murfreesboro

Friday, December 05, 2014 | 12:54 pm

Automotive Supplier to Employ 250 with 100 New Jobs


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and M-TEK officials today announced the company will build a new headquarters facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Consolidating all headquarters functions into the Murfreesboro facility, the automotive supplier will create approximately 100 new jobs in Rutherford County. An additional 100 jobs will be transferred from M-TEK’s Manchester, Tennessee manufacturing location and the remaining jobs will be transferred from the company’s Farmington Hills, Michigan and Dublin, Ohio locations.  The new facility represents an estimated investment of $13.4 million.