Tuesday, August 15, 2017

United Lights Next Generation Fiber Ring in Middle TN

United recently completed construction on a fiber ring connecting historically underserved markets in the lower portion of Middle Tennessee to its existing fiber backbone in Nashville, Huntsville, and Murfreesboro.  The new fiber route, adds almost 130 miles of fiber, and achieves a critical milestone under United’s Middle Tennessee Connectivity initiative launched late last year.   “We are delivering on our promise to offer Internet speeds of up to 1 Gigabit to interested businesses and critical community anchors throughout Middle Tennessee,” said United CEO, William Bradford.  United’s newly constructed fiber ring connects the major business districts of Chapel Hill, Lewisburg, Shelbyville, Tullahoma, Estill Springs, Decherd, and Winchester.  This ring will allow government agencies, utilities, and businesses in the region to connect locations in these markets to United’s core network through Nashville, Murfreesboro, and Huntsville, providing critical connections from each of these rural communities to several major metropolitan markets.

"I am extremely proud of what our engineering and construction teams have been able to accomplish in just a short time under this initiative," said Mr. Bradford.  "Our team plans to work directly with community and business leaders in these new areas to determine whether additional fiber construction is required based on the needs of each institution.  At United, we are laser focused on delivering faster speeds and dedicated service to our customers while driving economic development in the areas we serve by deploying fiber technology and high-speed broadband."

United Communications plans to continue to aggressively expand its network in underserved areas of Middle Tennessee.  Thanks to United’s recent acquisition of Athena Broadband in July, the upgraded fiber ring will also be able to support new fixed wireless expansion in the region.  The combination of fiber and fixed wireless technology will allow United to deliver high-speed Internet to more areas at a faster pace.  “We’ve got boots on the ground each day working to bridge the broadband divide in Middle Tennessee. Most of our employees live and work in these rural areas, and understand broadband is critical to the future growth and economic development plans of these communities.  We are proud to be able to meet the needs of these rural cities and towns that other providers may have long ignored or forgotten,” commented Bradford.

Residential customers who have interest in United Fiber service, can visit https://fiber.united.net and complete the online registration form.  Likewise, businesses can request service availability information by visiting www.united.net/services/business

ABOUT UNITED COMMUNICATIONS

United Communications is a leading provider of advanced communications services delivering Internet up to 1 Gigabit, digital TV, and phone services to enterprise-class businesses and residential customers in Middle Tennessee. United Communications network includes more than 1,000 route miles of fiber backbone connecting in Nashville and Murfreesboro, and covering Nolensville, portions of Brentwood, College Grove, Chapel Hill, Unionville, Fosterville, Estill Springs, Belfast, and Flat Creek. To learn more, please visit www.united.net.

Under the Middle Tennessee Connectivity Initiative, United works directly with local community and business leaders to develop a strategic plan for broadband deployment in underserved areas of Middle Tennessee. 
United hopes this initiative will help foster economic and community development in rural areas through the following objectives:
  • Deliver speeds up to 1 Gigabit Internet to interested businesses and critical community anchors.
  • Deliver faster internet to residential communities where there is a proven demand.
  • Educate the community about the potential benefits afforded by basic and advanced telecommunications services, including the potential for fostering distance learning, e-commerce, e-government, telemedicine, and overall economic development.  
  • Create partnerships among community organizations and institutions that might benefit from broadband deployment.      

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Tankersley Named August Instructor of the Month

Cookie Tankersley - South Central Tennessee Workforce Board Alliance
- Marshall County Adult Education - Lewisburg Office
Carolyn “Cookie” Tankersley is a highly skilled instructor who has taught mathematics for over 10 years. Always encouraging, she does not give up on her students until they earn their diploma. When students fail to attend classes, Tankersley contacts each one to encourage them to return. She establishes a positive relationship with all her students, so they know someone cares about their future.
One example of Tankersley’s relentless, genuine concern is when a student with regular class attendance was suddenly absent. After a brief search, she located the student in the county jail. Tankersley arranged for him to return to class upon his release. Once he returned to class, he successfully passed the HiSET.
Tankersley believes that teaching students is her ministry. She knows the lasting effect earning a diploma has on the students and their families. At times when a student’s motivation may begin to falter, Tankersley is there to keep them going. Every student is inspired by her caring nature.
Congrats to Cookie Tankersley,  August’s Instructor of the Month! LINK to ONLINE ARTICLE

3rd Annual Dinner on the Square Event Set for September 23

Marshall Co. Young Farmers & Ranchers Presents the 3rd Annual Dinner on the Square - Farm-to-Table Event
Enjoy the 3rd Annual Dinner on the Square Event sponsored by Tillis Jewelry and First Tennessee Bank, both located on the Lewisburg Square. 
5:30 p.m. - Appetizers and Wine from Pickers Creek Winery of Lewisburg
6:30 p.m. - Dinner is Served

Coffee from Purple Elephant Coffee Served after the Meal or with Dessert

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

GOVERNOR HASLAM, COMMISSIONER ROLFE ANNOUNCE MINTH GROUP LTD. TO ESTABLISH NEW MANUFACTURING PLANT IN LEWISBURG

China-based auto supplier to invest $13.2 million, create 200 jobs
Gov. Bill Haslam makes announcement of 200 new jobs in Lewisburg by Minth Group

LEWISBURG, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Minth Group Ltd. officials announced today that the automotive supplier will invest $13.2 million over the next five years to establish a manufacturing facility in Marshall County.

Minth plans to create approximately 200 new jobs at the Lewisburg plant, which will expand the company’s presence in the United States and support its growth.

“For two of the last three years, Tennessee has led the U.S. in new jobs from foreign direct investment,” Haslam said. “We’ve made the recruitment of international companies a major focus of our economic development efforts and I’m pleased to welcome yet another strong international company with a proven track record to Tennessee. Minth Group’s commitment to create approximately 200 jobs in Lewisburg brings us closer to making Tennessee the No. 1 location in Southeast for high quality jobs.”

“Tennessee has benefitted from the strong growth of international companies that operate in our state,” Rolfe said. “More than 900 foreign-owned businesses recognize the advantages Tennessee’s skilled workforce, business-friendly environment and central location offer. Thank you, Minth, for making this significant investment and creating 200 new jobs in Marshall County.”

Based in China, Minth is a leading designer and manufacturer of structural body, trim and decorative parts for the automotive industry. Worldwide, Minth has 40 production plants that support automotive markets in 29 different countries. As a tier-1 supplier, Minth serves almost all major automotive OEMs and its customer base represents 80 percent of the global auto market. Minth employs more than 13,000 people worldwide.

“Ten years ago, we took a major step towards globalization by establishing our presence in the United States with our manufacturing facility in Michigan,” Jimmy Chen, COO of Minth Group, said. “Today, I am delighted to see that Minth continues to grow within North America as well as globally. In particular, we are very excited for the opportunity to invest in Tennessee, which has provided us with great support. We also look forward to providing our customers with better and more immediate support from this new location.”

Minth will renovate an existing 125,000-square-foot facility at 1801 Childress Road in Lewisburg. The company’s plant in Marshall County will have full manufacturing capabilities and also act as a distribution warehouse for parts manufactured at Minth facilities abroad.

Local elected officials and the Tennessee Valley Authority applauded Minth for its decision to locate the new manufacturing facility in Marshall County.

"We are so grateful for any new industry that chooses Lewisburg to call home and we stand ready to be a partner to Minth," Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham said. "We are pleased to welcome another company from Asia to our family of manufacturers."

"It is such an honor and privilege to welcome a new company to Marshall County," Marshall County Mayor Joe B. Liggett said. "We would like to thank Minth’s officials, the state officials and all those that had a hand in helping this fine industry locate in Marshall County. We look forward to the many years of working together in cooperation to make this a successful venture."

"TVA and Lewisburg Electric System congratulate Minth on its decision to locate in Lewisburg, Tennessee, and create new quality job opportunities," John Bradley, TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development, said. "We are privileged to partner with the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation, the State of Tennessee and the City of Lewisburg to facilitate growth in the Tennessee Valley."

Lewisburg and Marshall County are represented by Sen. Jim Tracy (R – Shelbyville) and Rep. Rick Tillis (R – Lewisburg) in the Tennessee General Assembly.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Tennessee is the only three-time winner of “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Go Tech Summer Camps Now Taking Registrations

Through the assistance and grant provided by GM Spring Hill Manufacturing, as well as, a partnership with Columbia State Community College, the South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance is now taking registrations for their “Go Tech” Summer Career Camps held throughout their eight county region. Space is limited, so go to http://northfieldworks.com/2017-summer-camp-application/ to register.

The first camp in the “Go Tech” series is the Code Camp. These all day camps are for students ages 12-18 years and teach the basics of programming through the creation of video games and web applications. Throughout the week, professional programmers are brought in to speak with the students about their job and the computer science industry. At the end of the week, there is a “Demo Day” for parents to observe what the students have learned throughout the week. The cost of this camp is $50 per student. Please ask about scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants when registering.
Code Camp dates/locations:
                June 5-9th                                          Spring Hill
                June 12-16th                                      Pulaski
                June 19-23rd                                      Mt Pleasant
                June 26-30th                                      Centerville
                July 10-14th                                        Lewisburg
                July 17-21st                                        Lawrenceburg

A new addition this year to the career camp line up is a Web Design Camp, which tackles more advanced coding for students ages 12-18 years. This camp will help students understand the fundamentals of designing and creating a website with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. The cost of this camp is $50 per student.
                June 12-16th                                      Columbia
                June 26-30th                                      Spring Hill
                July 10-14th                                        Mt Pleasant

The third camp focuses on Robotics.  A three day Teen Robotic Camp will be for high school students. The primary goal is to stimulate participant excitement for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Robotics will be used as the means to expose the participants to the different aspects of STEM with an emphasis on Technology.  Specific objectives of the camp are learn concepts of programming, engineering practices and teamwork. They will work with, build, and program physical robots.
The cost of this camp is $75 per student. Please ask about scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants when registering.
               
                July 11-13th                                        Spring Hill

The final camp in the series is the Advanced Manufacturing Academy. These all day camps are specifically designed for high school students and will be held at GM Spring Hill Manufacturing. Camps will include:  involvement in team-based work simulations; work with local engineers; solve problems; tour facility; and enjoy exposure to high tech jobs in advanced manufacturing. At the end of the second day, there is a “Demo Day” for parents. Student registration for these camps is FREE thanks to the partnership with GM Spring Hill Manufacturing.         
               
                General Motors Academy
                June 19-20th                      Spring Hill 
                June 21-22nd                     Spring Hill

For more information or to register:  http://northfieldworks.com/2017-summer-camp-application/


South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, age, mental or physical activity, veteran status or national origin in educational and employment opportunities.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities.  WIOA/LWDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Any inquiries and/or complaints should be directed to the Equal Opportunity Officer, South Central Tennessee Workforce Alliance, 5000 Northfield Lane, Suite 124, Spring Hill, TN  37174.  Funding is provided under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Mayors' Conference at LMS June 15, 2017

You are invited and encouraged to attend the 2017 Mayors' Conference on June 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewisburg Middle School, 500 Tiger Blvd., Lewisburg, TN 37091.

Each year, local officials attend the Governor's Conference in Nashville, where the governor, state department officials and related agencies provide an overview of economic and community development information and seminars for local elected officials and economic development officials from across the state.

This year, County Mayor Joe B. Liggett and the mayors from each municipality in Marshall County are hosting a Mayors' Conference to provide economic and community development information to the general public, business, industry and community leaders at Lewisburg Middle School - 500 Tiger Blvd., Lewisburg, TN on Thursday, June 15 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Featured speaker will be Amy New - Assistant Commissioner, Rural Development for the State of Tennessee. Lunch will be provided so please register to assist in the head count.

Please make plans to attend this event to stay informed and involved in the economic and community planning for Marshall County, Lewisburg, Chapel Hill, Cornersville and Petersburg. 

PLEASE REGISTER BY CLICKING HERE FOR LUNCH HEAD COUNT

AGENDA
8:00 a.m. – 8:25 a.m.:
Welcome & Overview
County Mayor will Welcome Guests and Provide an Overview of the Activities/Sessions for the Day, as well as provide basic EXIT Door and Restroom directions
8:30 a.m. – 9:25 a.m.:
Economic Development Overview
JECDB, Lewisburg ECD and Chamber of Commerce Provide Overviews of:
Economic Development Data 2015-2016
Successes & Trends
Plans for 2017 and Beyond
9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m.:
Mayor’s Reports
County Mayor, Lewisburg Mayor, Chapel Hill Mayor, Cornersville Mayor and Petersburg Mayor (may substitute City/Town Manager or other Designee) to give 10 minute Report on Main Topics of Administration Heading into 2017
10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.:
Break
10:50 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.:
School’s Report
Director of Schools to Report on State of Education in Marshall County relating to:
Educational Report Card Results
Goals and Plans for 2017 and Beyond
Issues & Concerns
11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:
Lunch
Lunch will be served in the cafeteria (idea: have Specific Topic Written on Paper at each table and request that during lunch, people sitting at that table develop three Goals, Plans or Actions relating to that Topic)
1:10 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.:
Featured Speaker – Amy New – Assist. Commissioner State ECD Rural Development
Assistant Commissioner Amy New will provide information on Her Office and the State’s Focus on Rural Community Development including Incentives, Plans, Goals and Successes
2:10 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:
Library Overview
Library Director, Jennifer Pearson, will discuss Library current events and plans for 2017 & beyond
3:10 p.m. – 3:25 a.m.:
Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:25 p.m.:
Lightning Rounds (15 Minutes Each)
Broadband:
United Communications to Discuss Their Progress and Goals
Young Professionals:
Group to Discuss its Mission and Goals for 2017 & Beyond
Healthier TN Community:
Board Member Discusses Goals to Make Marshall Co. a Healthier TN Community
4:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:
Wrap Up – Call to Action
Review and Urge Agencies and Groups to Enter into Strategic Planning for 2017 and to Share Planning with Other Agencies and Groups to insure everyone has same or similar goals and all are working toward the same