Funds to support local health, public safety, economic development and education initiatives

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the 63 counties that will receive ThreeStar Competitive Grants.

The grants will be used for a variety of local programs addressing economic development, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

To be eligible to apply for these grants, each community must meet all ThreeStar program requirements. ThreeStar focuses on best practices in five key co mmunity areas, including jobs and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, health, education and workforce development.

On April 11, representatives from the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Williams Sausage, CenterPoint Business Solutions, Commercial Bank, NW Tennessee Workforce Board, TCAT Newbern, and Obion County Schools met to discuss the implementation of the Work Ethics Certificate program in Obion County Schools, and the impact it could have on employment in our area.

By Eli Dile

It has long been a common practice among economic development organizations to invest in speculative shell buildings as a business attraction tool. Spec buildings make a community more competitive in the site selection process by reducing the time and upfront costs for a company to get up and running in a new community. But spec buildings don't come without risk. Capital is tied up in construction, and there's no guarantee a company will ever buy or lease it. Plus, constructing a building without a specific industry in mind can limit the range of potential end users, as many have specific facility requirements.

UNION CITY, Tenn. - Twenty-six years after Brent Lee left Union City to go railroading, he is coming home to run his own short line.

The Union City Terminal Railroad is expected to debut in May. The line is an eight-mile stub of the former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad main line between Union City and Rives, Tenn., where it connects to the Canadian National (former Illinois Central) main line.

"I was born and raised in Union City," Lee says. "I always had the idea if I ever wanted to short line something, it would be that line."

Lee says he spent 24 of his 26 years with the Burlington Northern and BNSF Railway in track maintenance and train service.

We had a wonderful Business After Hours at Discovery Park of America celebrating their newest traveling exhibit! We had a wonderful turnout and encourage everyone to take advantage of it until September!

"Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones is a traveling exhibition organized by the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, Tennessee. The exhibition project was made possible through an educational grant from the Alcoa Foundation to highlight Tennessee's manufacturing story - past, present, and future. The grant was awarded in honor of Alcoa Tennessee Operations 100th Anniversary and the announcement of its automotive expansion project on May 2, 2013.

Union City, Tenn.-Ground was broken for the $37M expansion of the Williams Sausage Co. in Union City.

To be located in the Northwest Tennessee Regional Industrial Park, the 180,000-square foot building will house a frozen and refrigeration warehouse and distribution center, including sandwich assembly and packaging.

State and local dignitaries were on hand for today's ceremonies, including Blake Swaggert, Regional Director of State Economic and Community Development and representatives of Senator Bob Corker's office and the USDA and TVA.

Tim Climer has been hired as President/CEO of the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce. Climer will begin his role with the Chamber on July 17. Climer previously served as the Executive Director of the Tate County (Miss.) Economic Development Foundation, based in Senatobia in the Memphis Metro region. During Climer's time in Tate County, which began in Jan., 2013, he secured a Calbee North America project with 254 jobs and $53 million in capital investment and an ABB project with 300 jobs and $30 million in capital investment. Climer grew up in Southaven, Miss., and is a 1986 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BBA in Management. He is also a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) and an instructor at the annual Community Development Institute in Conway, Ark. Climer has roots in the Northwest Tennessee area, as he was born in nearby Ripley, and his parents have since returned there in retirement.

Campbell Arms Manufacturing, LLC to Establish Facility in McKenzie

Posted on: Friday - Jun 30, 2017

New operation to create 50 jobs in Carroll County

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Campbell Arms Manufacturing, LLC officials announced today that the company will invest $1.1 million to establish a facility in McKenzie.

Campbell Arms Manufacturing plans to create 50 new jobs at the manufacturing plant in Carroll County.

Farmer-owned dairy cooperative to create up to 95 jobs

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

HUMBOLDT, Tenn. – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Bongards’ Creameries officials announced today that the food producer will invest $35 million to expand its manufacturing operation in Humboldt.

Bongards plans to create approximately 95 jobs over the next five years as part of the Gibson County expansion.

New operation to create 50 jobs in Carroll County

Friday, June 30, 2017

NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic Communit y Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Campbell Arms Manufacturing, LLC officials announced today that the company will invest $1.1 million to establish a facility in McKenzie.