Friday, February 9, 2018

Lewisburg Honors Local Industry with Appreciation Dinner

Seroberto Moreno demonstrates his traffic signal project. 
The Lewisburg ECD 2018 Industry Appreciation Dinner was held February 8 at the Lewisburg Recreation Center in tribute to the companies that make up the main economic engine of Lewisburg and Marshall County.
Hosted by the City of Lewisburg Industrial Development Board, the Marshall Co. Chamber of Commerce and the Marshall Co. Joint Economic and Community Development Board welcomed several industry representatives and their families to the event along with local and state officials, community leaders and representatives from the education and training fields in the region.
The highlight of the dinner focused on training the next generation of workforce as students from the Spot Lowe Technology Center and the TCAT-Shelbyville satellite program of Lewisburg.
Matthew Bragdon and Tyler Woodard demonstrate their project on "Cal Sonic" the Calsonic Kansei North America robot

The Spot Lowe Technology Center in Lewisburg trains middle and high school students in varies occupational fields from cosmetology to residential wiring and automotive technology to welding. It even offers a pre-engineering program and programs in the health sciences.
But for local industries in Lewisburg and Marshall County, the Spot Lowe Technology Center's programs that focus on manufacturing-related training is crucial and key to future workforce quality.
During the dinner, two students, Matthew Bragdon and Tyler Woodard, presented a demonstration on one of their projects - creating a robot for Calsonic Kansei North America. The robot, named "Cal Sonic", has been used by the company to teach students in Marshall County from elementary to high school what Calsonic does and their careers available.
The two students, under the instruction of Danny Adams at Spot Lowe, used parts that CKNA of Lewisburg manufactures to build the robot that features a TV screen for a chest where a video about CKNA played.
Seroberto Moreno, a Spot Lowe graduate, is currently a student at the TCAT-Shelbyville facility off the square in downtown Lewisburg where he is training in Industrial Maintenance and Safety under the instruction of Mike Foster. The satellite facility came to Lewisburg as part of the state's LEAP grant program where regions competed for grants to begin programs of training.
Seroberto, or 'Berto to most people, demonstrated his project on creating a traffic signal using his learning of PLC - programmable logic controller. 'Berto walked the audience through the design of the traffic signal and then demonstrated how the sequences of the lights turning from green, yellow to red worked based on the PLC.
Though the event was held to honor all the manufacturers in Marshall County, a few were recognized for their good works or investments in the community over the past year.
Old Hickory Smokehouse receive the Expansion of the Year award for their growth in the past year from 80 employees to 220. Southern Carton received the Mayors Award for Beautification in recognition of the company's improvements to its facility and another facility next door that the company purchased and greatly enhanced.
Calsonic Kansei North America, Lewisburg Printing, Talos Engineering and Walker Die Casting each received recognition as Community Leaders. CKNA has hosted several community enhancement events and recently donated $200,000 to improvements in the City's Rock Creek Park downtown. Lewisburg Printing has provided printing services for the City and County over the years and recently assisted in the printing of tourism brochures for the county and a calendar for the city in honor of the late Tommy Hawkins. Talos Engineering provided the city with a pair of beautiful bicycle racks currently located at Lewisburg City Hall and Rock Creek Park. And Walker Die Casting has for many years donated funding to a variety of local events and projects along with serving as the second largest employer in the manufacturing sector.
Old Hickory Smokehouse received the Expansion of the Year award. Pictured are Greg Lowe of Lewisburg ECD and Wayne A. Wolf of Old Hickory Smokehouse.

Southern Carton received the Mayor's Award on Beautification. Pictured are Greg Lowe of Lewisburg ECD and Dave Kennedy of Southern Carton.

Calsonic Kansei North America received the Community Leadership Award. Pictured are Greg Lowe of Lewisburg ECD and Keith Wells of CKNA.

Lewisburg Printing received the Community Leadership Award. Pictured are Greg Lowe of Lewisburg ECD and Cathy Talley of Lewisburg Printing.

Walker Die Casting received the Community Leadership Award. Pictured are Greg Lowe of Lewisburg ECD and Tommy Harris of Walker Die Casting. 
Everyone enjoyed a fabulous dinner by Russel Catering and all the manufacturing representatives left home a excellent door prizes thanks to the events sponsors. Special thanks to the Lewisburg Industrial Development Board for sponsoring the dinner. Also, thanks to sponsors - Collins & Miller Insurance and Grover Collins Realty, First Commerce Bank, First Farmers and Merchants Bank, First National Bank, First Tennessee Bank, Heritage South Credit Union and United Communications for their sponsorship of door prizes and a extra special thanks to local manufacturer - Comfort Research - for its donation of several of its products including Big Joe chairs and ottomans and its amazing Water Pads.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Marshall Co. One of 29 Recipients of Work-Based Learning Grants from TNECD

Second round of grant applications open until January 31 
NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development today announced the 29 recipients of the Work-Based Learning Grant and Marshall County was named one. 
In total, TNECD awarded more than $710,000 to school districts that have designed programs to promote career skills and readiness among Tennessee students. 
“TNECD is proud to provide these Work-Based Learning Grants to help improve the career readiness of Tennessee students and develop a strong workforce of tomorrow,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “Many communities and school districts across Tennessee have stepped forward with strong programs that will help students develop career skills. I’m encouraged by the continued efforts to ensure Tennessee is the most aligned state in the country when it comes to education and workforce development.” 
The grants will assist the development or expansion of work-based learning programs that promote career awareness and student readiness in grades K12. Work-Based Learning is an education strategy that provides students with experiences to learn and develop career and job skills. 
The selected communities and school districts include: 
• Rutherford County (Rutherford County Schools) 
• Lincoln County (Lincoln County Schools) 
• Cheatham County (Cheatham County School District) 
• Clarksville-Montgomery County (Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools) 
• Fayette County (Fayette County Public Schools) 
• Houston County (Houston County Board of Education) 
• Putnam County (Putnam County School System) 
• Alcoa (Alcoa City Schools) • White County (White County Board of Education) 
• Smith County (Smith County Board of Education) 
• Shelby County (Shelby County Schools) 
• Maryville (Maryville City Schools) 
• Blount County (Blount County Schools) 
• Johnson County (Johnson County Schools) 
Marshall County (Marshall County Board of Education) 
• Nashville-Davidson County (Tennessee School for the Blind) 
• Warren County (Warren County School District) 
• Lenoir City (Lenoir City Schools) 
• Carter County (Carter County Board of Education) 
• Elizabethtown (Elizabethtown City School System) 
• Bristol (Bristol Tennessee City Schools) 
• Roane County (Roane County Schools) 
• Bradley County (Bradley County Schools) 
• Sumner County (Sumner County Schools) 
• Maury County (Maury County Public Schools) 
• Haywood County (Haywood County Schools) 
• Robertson County (Robertson County Schools) 
• Hamilton County (Hamilton County Schools) 
• Humphreys County (Humphreys County Board of Education) 
TNECD is also accepting applications for the second round of Work-Based Learning Grants. Applicants are eligible for up to $25,000 with a local match requirement based on each community’s economic status. New and expanded existing programs are eligible. Communities and school districts interested in the Work-Based Learning Grant must submit applications by January 31, 2018. 
Visit TNECD’s website to learn more about the program here
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development 
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that 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. 
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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Marshall Co. Ranks Nationally for Job Growth in 2016

According to Headlight Data, Marshall County's job growth from Q1 of 2016 to Q1 of 2017 ranked #14 nationally out of 2155 counties with populations under 50,000 and scored a 1 ranking out of 100 by the agency.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Tourism Impact Snapshot for Marshall Co. in 2016

Tourism in Marshall County matters as shown by the impact snapshot shown here. To improve Tourism in Marshall County, the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce, with the JECDB and Lewisburg ECD, received a grant from the TN Dept. of Tourism to create a Tourism Brochure for the County. Be looking for it soon as it will be distributed at Welcome Centers on I-65, surrounding Chambers of Commerce and locally to assist visitors come and experience all Marshall Co. has to offer.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Pathways Marshall Program Markets Careers to Students

Jeffrey Lykins and Emily Weaver of Calsonic Kansei speak with CHES 3rd graders about careers at CKNA with help from their robot, Cal Sonic. 
This year, the Marshall County School System and local industries have partnered to engage students on the career opportunities available to them in Marshall County.
Each year, Marshall County students graduate from one of the county's three high schools without a true understanding of the careers and wealth creating potential that exists in Marshall County from the manufacturing sector to health care, finance, technical and professional services.
From the Pathways TN program and the Pathways South Central TN Committee, Pathways Marshall began this school year by asking each school in the county to open their doors and to make time for industries to come and speak to students about their companies and the career opportunities that they offer.
Michael White of Moon Products speaks with 6th graders at Westhills Elementary about how pencils are made and the careers at Moon Products that make that company succeed in Marshall County.

The Marshall County Memorial Library added to this program by receiving a grant to offer Career Exploration and Education to Middle School students and joined the Pathways Marshall team by bringing several business owners and career professionals to Lewisburg Middle School to speak to students on starting your own business to become a career professional in Marshall County.
The goal is to ensure that every student in the county is aware of all the career opportunities available right here in Marshall County so that they can make better informed decisions about the career paths they will take in life. By doing this, the hope is that more young people will consider a career here in Marshall County to assist in the workforce shortage facing local industries and to improve the growth, health and well-being of the county for the future.
Rep. Rick Tillis of Tillis Jewelry speaks to Lewisburg Middle School students about starting your own business here in Marshall County. 

The Pathways Marshall program will continue and just about every school in Marshall County for the remainder of the school year and plans are to extend MFG Day into a Career Night later in the school year. The plan, also, is to keep this program going each year to develop a pipeline of young talent feeding into the workforce of Marshall County.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Join the Walk Across Tennessee Program for Marshall County

Walk Across Tennessee Graphic

From Memphis to Mountain City,
let's Walk Across Tennessee!

Walk Across Tennessee is a team-based walking program for anyone and everyone. Beginning September 18th, teams of 6 are encouraged to cumulatively walk the equivalent of the length of Tennessee (about 500 miles) or more, over the course of eight weeks.

Team members do not have to walk together. Walk outside, walk on a treadmill, do physical activity equivalents - the choice is yours! The team who walks the farthest “across Tennessee” will win, but everyone who participates will take home a healthy habit – walking for fitness.  

Challenge your friends, family, students, employees and colleagues to join a team and achieve the goal. Walk Across Tennessee for a healthier you and a healthier Marshall County!

Registration deadline: September 11th

UT Extension Marshall County | 230 College St. Ste. 130Lewisburg, TN 37091 931-359-1929

Friday, August 18, 2017

Come Enjoy Dinner on the Square Sept. 23

The 3rd Annual Dinner on the Square Farm-to-Table event returns to downtown Lewisburg on September 23 to benefit the Marshall County Young Farmers and Ranchers.
Once again, the Young Farmers and Ranchers and 4-H will team up to prepare and serve locally sourced or prepared food for up to 150 people on the south side of the Lewisburg square in front of the Governors Park area. The event will begin with appetizers and wine from Pickers Creek Winery in the park at 5:30 p.m. The meal - steak, squash casserole, green beans, potato, roll, apple crisp & ice cream - will be served at 6:30 p.m. The Purple Elephant Coffee Shop will serve their wonderful brew during dessert or after the meal for anyone who wants a cup.
And special this year, the Marshall Co. Art Guild will open its doors to showcase local artists and their work for the guests before and after the meal.
The event this year is sponsored by First Tennessee Bank and Tillis Jewelry.
Tickets are limited, so get your tickets today by logging onto EventBrite Here.