Virtual Job Center Makes Program Information Available to Tennesseans Anytime, Anywhere

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) launched the Tennessee Virtual American Job Center Friday, bringing information about job services and programs to Tennesseans anytime, anywhere. The unique website guides users to not only the employment assistance available to them but also other services offered by multiple state agencies.

Finding the right job and educational opportunities can be overwhelming. The goal of the VAJC is to provide users the information found at more than 80 American Job Centers across Tennessee, no matter the time or where they are located.

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Check out the 2019-2020 Annual Report presented at today's NWTN Workforce Board Annual Board Meeting!
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Benton, Crockett, and Henry Counties Achieve Maintaining Status as ACT® Work Ready Communities

Benton, Crockett, and Henry Counties have met all criteria to maintain their status as certified ACT Work Ready Communities, demonstrating their commitment to developing a strong workforce pipeline, desirable to employers, economic developers and current and future citizens of the county.

First Boat in Production at Excel Boat Company

Union City, Tenn.–The Excel Boat Company in Union City has manufactured its first boat.

Stephen Vaden of Union City, who serves as the General Counsel of the USDA, visited Union City to see progress at the new Excel Boat Company. Excel Business Operations Manager J. Paul Jackson gave a tour of the facility and showed the first boat in production.

Tyson Foods, Inc. completed an $87.6 million expansion at its existing operations in Union City, Tennessee.

The company has added an additional 40,000 square feet and new production lines to the Union City plant. The expansion began earlier this year, but announcements and construction have experienced delays due to the global pandemic. Tyson Foods, one of the world’s largest food companies, is expected to create approximately 230 jobs by the end of 2020 as part of the expansion.

Boat company, local officials unite to mark ‘Excel’lent day

By DONNA RYDER – October 22, 2019
Associate Editor

Nearly two years ago, an email made its way through cyberspace from Excel Boat Company owner and chief executive officer Glenn Foreman to J. Paul Jackson in his marketing department.

Pottery Direct Locates in McKenzie

Courtesy of The McKenzie Banner

McKENZIE (January 2020) — Pottery Direct, a manufacturer of clay flowerpots, will open in mid-2020 in the McKenzie Airport Industrial Park-South. A new 40,000 square-foot building is complete and located west of the Rochelle Road, McKenzie.

Cachengo Opens in McKenzie in 2020

Courtesy of The McKenzie Banner
By Joel Washburn

McKENZIE (January 2020) — Cachengo, a manufacturer of computer components, begins operations later this month in the McKenzie South Industrial Park, where as many as 1,000 local employees in McKenzie and Huntingdon could be working within three years.

Excel Boats

Union City, TN – December 4, 2018

Obion County is full of outdoor enthusiasts who will one day be able to purchase boats made locally.

Members of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council and Obion County Chamber of Commerce joined officials from Excel Boat Company this morning to announce an expansion of the Arkansas company here in Union City.


Pilot program encourages regional strategies to support college attainment.

NASHVILLE, TN - Nonprofit post-secondary advocacy organization Complete Tennessee today announced a new pilot program to support the development and implementation of regional strategies for post-secondary attainment. The "College Completion Communities” program will encourage stakeholders to develop targeted plans that can address local attainment challenges and help more students access and complete post-secondary programs... Read more here.