Tuesday, June 28, 2011 | 7:15amECD 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.
Wednesday, June 22, 2011 | 4:52am
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.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011 | 10:52amECD Team Members to Lead Regional “Base Camps” and Recruit Companies to TNNASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner (ECD) Bill Hagerty today announced the selection of eight new regional directors as part of the reorganization of ECD resulting from the Jobs4TN initiative. The new regional directors will serve as the primary point-of-contact for Tennessee companies seeking state assistance with expansion or with accessing state services. In addition, Haslam and Hagerty also announced members of ECD’s national project management team, the division within ECD responsible for the recruitment of new companies to the state.
Thursday, June 02, 2011 | 4:57am
Main Street Program Touts Special Events, Farmer’s Markets to Promote Historic Downtowns
NASHVILLE – With the arrival of warm weather, Tennessee Main Street communities across the state are breaking out the fireworks and hauling in the local produce. Tennessee Main Street Programs are hosting multiple summer events and farmer’s markets to support historic downtown business districts across the state.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011 | 9:18am
Carlisle Transportation Products to Employ 100 at 28,000 Sq. Foot Office Space in Cool Springs
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with Williamson County Mayor Rogers Anderson and Franklin Mayor Ken Moore in applauding the decision by Carlisle Transportation Products to locate the newly created company’s corporate headquarters in Franklin, Tenn.
Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Windham Professionals to Build New Regional Corporate HQ in HendersonvilleTuesday, May 17, 2011 | 9:54am
New 24,000 Square Foot Building Home to Account Services Company, Results in 100+ New Jobs
NASHVILLE – Governor Bill Haslam and Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with city officials in Hendersonville, TN and in Sumner County to announce the decision by Windham Professionals to build a new regional headquarters in the Indian Lake Development in Hendersonville. The project calls for the creation of 24,000 square feet of new, Class A office space to house the account services company. An industry leader since 1982, Windham specializes in account collections for institutions of higher education, guaranty agencies and accounts in the commercial, consumer, government and health care sectors. The announcement will result in the creation of more than 100 new jobs, bringing the company’s total employment in Hendersonville to more than 300.
Thursday, May 05, 2011 | 8:30am
Unveils INCITE Initiative as First Step Towards Innovation Leadership in Southeast
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced a $50 million initiative designed to support innovation across the state. The goal of the program, called INCITE for its focus on innovation, commercialization, investment, technology and entrepreneurship, is to raise Tennessee’s profile in innovation-based economic development and drive growth in the creation of knowledge-based jobs. INCITE is a component of Haslam’s recently announced Jobs4TN strategy and will be managed by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD).
Governor Haslam and Commissioner Hagerty Announce Jobs4TN Plan and Results of First Departmental Top-To-Bottom ReviewWednesday, April 20, 2011 | 8:00am
Jobs4TN Plan Includes Four Key Strategies; ECD to Reduce Staff by 35 percent
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner (ECD) Bill Hagerty today announced the Jobs4TN plan, which lays out the administration’s economic development strategy resulting from a top-to-bottom review of the department. The governor’s Jobs4TN plan focuses on:
Wednesday, April 20, 2011 | 4:31am
Valeo to Invest Up to $5.4 Million, Create 63 Jobs in Smyrna
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with officials from Rutherford County in announcing plans by Valeo to locate a manufacturing facility for automotive parts in Smyrna, Tenn. The company is renovating a building at 611 Enon Springs and plans to invest up to $5.4 million, creating 63 jobs within a year of occupancy.
Monday, April 11, 2011 | 10:30am
Wednesday, March 09, 2011 | 5:16amJVC, Viam, Oyama Chemical Develop New Company with $32 Million Investment, 70 New JobsNASHVILLE, Tenn. — Governor Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Ryuji Matsumoto, president of VIAM Manufacturing Inc., announced plans today to locate VICAM in Manchester, Tenn. The company is a newly formed subsidiary of leading nonwoven materials producer Japan Vilene Company (JVC) to be managed by VIAM Manufacturing and utilize technology developed by Oyama Chemical. VICAM will build a facility for the production of a polyester-based carpet fiber that is expected to open in January 2012, and represents an investment of $32 million and 70 new jobs when all phases of construction are complete.
Tuesday, March 01, 2011 | 9:19am
Brooks Shaw & Son Old Country Store of Jackson Takes Top Prize
NASHVILLE — Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today announced Brooks Shaw & Son Old Country Store of Jackson as the winner of the second annual statewide entrepreneurship video competition – “What Makes You an Entrepreneur?” Brooks Shaw & Son Old Country Store will receive a $500 cash prize in addition to a professional marketing package valued at $2,000 for the business.
Monday, February 28, 2011 | 4:10am
Friday, February 25, 2011 | 8:56am
Cumberland and Wayne Counties Honored for Strategic Planning Efforts
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty applauded Cumberland and Wayne counties on their 2010 Commitment Awards presented on Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2011 by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE). The two Three-Star communities have completed a rigorous evaluation and feedback process based on criteria from the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
Wednesday, February 23, 2011 | 6:00am