The Delta Regional Authority (DRA) has initiated a partnership with Iowa-based nonprofit ACT to help DRA counties and parishes create the infrastructure and policies that support local workforce development and training systems through a region-specific version of the ACT Work Ready Communities Academy.

"The most important asset to a community in attracting business investment and creating jobs is having a skilled and trained workforce," DRA Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill said.

UNION CITY, TN (January 26, 2016) - Williams Sausage Company, Inc. has announced a $37 million investment that will result in 226 new jobs, a new 180,000-square-foot-facility, a $3 million investment to its existing facility and a new sandwich line. The new facility will be in Union City, TN, the 59-year old family-owned company's home base. The expansion announcement was made by Governor Bill Haslam, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Roger Williams, president and owner of Williams Sausage Company.

UNION CITY, Tenn. - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd and Mlliams Sausage Company, Inc officials announced today that the longtime Tennessee food manufacturer will build a second plant in Union City. The expansion will create 226 newjobs in Obion County over the next five years.

"For generations, Tennessee has made some of the best-known and most-respected food brands in the world. Williams Sausage Company is part of this strong legacy and I'm pleased it has decided to build a second plant in Union City,” Haslam said. "This major expansion by Mlliarns Sausage will create hundreds of newjobs for Obion County residents and bring us closer to our goal of making Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs."

UNION CITY, TN - During a press conference on Tuesday, approximately twenty business and community leaders and elected officials joined Darius and Susan Mir, Iranian immigrants and local business owners of Made In America Seating, a seating manufacturing company based in Union City, Tennessee, to hear his personal story and call for comprehensive immigration reform.

An Iranian immigrant, Darius Mir moved to the United States in 1983 and has since leveraged his businesses to give back to the country which he now calls home-- by bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

April 10, 2017; South Fulton, TN

ColorCoat Inc., a windows and doors coating application company, will invest $600,000 and create 80 new jobs in Obion County.

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner Bob Rolfe — along with ColorCoat Inc. officials — announced today the company will locate new operations in South Fulton.

“I want to thank ColorCoat for choosing to locate its new facility in South Fulton and for creating 80 new jobs in Obion County,” Rolfe said. “This is a big win for South Fulton and the State of Tennessee and I look forward to our future partnership with ColorCoat and seeing this company grow and succeed in our state.”

SOUTH FULTON, Tenn. - Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe along with ColorCoat, Inc. officials announced today the company will locate new operations in South Fulton. The windows and doors coating application company will invest $600,000 and create 80 new jobs in Obion County.

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.

Beginning in the fall of 2014, under the leadership of each County’s Mayor, and Margaret Prater, Vice President for Workforce Development for the Northwest Tennessee Workforce Board, each county in the region formed workforce development committees to launch the ACT® Work Ready Communities initiative, a workforce system designed to assist sites and regions in developing their workforce pipeline to provide skilled workers for employers, via job profiling and the National Career Readiness Certificate™ (NCRC).

Union City, Tennessee - Lindsay Frilling, CEcD, CEO of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council in Union City, TN earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.

NASHVILLE - Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced today that 15 communities will receive $5.7 million in Site Development Grants to prepare economic development sites for market.

The Site Development Grant program is part of the larger Rural Economic Development Fund announced by Haslam and Boyd last October. "We want to help our rural communities build capacity and be ready for investment and economic success, and through the Site Development Grant program, all 15 communities will be able to succeed and grow," Haslam said. "We've embraced change in our approach to workforce readiness with programs like Tennessee Promise and Tennessee Reconnect, and we want to congratulate all 15 communities on receiving these grants. I look forward to seeing each thrive and bring new business to our state."