Wednesday, May 1, 2019

6th Graders Compete for "Jobs" in Interview and Resume` Contest

@westhillstigers 6th graders "hired" by Ace Casual Furniture's Traci Evans during Interview and Resume` contest - Braxton Hunter-Research & Development, Lillianna Maria Rose Marquez Stafford-Research & Development, Haydon Brandon-Research & Development #lewisburgtn @marshallcotn

@westhillstigers 6th graders "hired" by @calsonicjobs Emily Weaver and Jessica Latham during Interview and Resume` contest - Phoebe Stokes-HR Generalist, Alyssa Olive-Sales Manager, Araceli Maciel-Engineer, Laine Payne-Production Supervisor #lewisburgtn@marshallcotn
@westhillstigers 6th graders "hired" by @ComfortResearch Michelle Silverthorn during Interview and Resume` contest - Morgan Atwater-VP of Info Tech, Jamahl Gentry-Production Supervisor, Addison Thompson-Safety Manager #lewisburgtn @marshallcotn
@westhillstigers 6th graders "hired" by Nichirin's Amanda Jones and Brenda Bowen during Interview and Resume` contest - Sidney Wright-Production Supervisor, Marcus O'Neal-Accounting Clerk, Chloe Gill-Robotics Engineer and Anna Kate Dickey-Industrial Engineer @marshallcotn
@westhillstigers 6th graders "hired" by Southern Carton's Danny Tate during Interview and Resume` contest - Reed Mitchell-Plant Manager, Isabella Rhodes-Customer Service, Conner Silverthorn-HR Manager #lewisburgtn @marshallcotn
Special Thanks to @sonicdrivein of Lewisburg, TN for providing free ice cream cones to our "new employees" above.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Lewisburg Economic Development Designated In TVA’s Rural Certified Communities Program


Lewisburg, TN – The City of Lewisburg Department of Economic Development recently achieved designation as a TVA Rural Certified Community. Rural Certified Communities launched in 2018 as a collaborative effort by TVA Economic Development, its Rural Cabinet partners and Strategic Development Group. Strategic Development Group administers the program, providing third party evaluation and feedback related to strategic planning efforts and operational effectiveness from the site selection perspective. Rural economic development organizations who complete this program are recognized as being prepared to compete for job creation and investment.
“Creativity and innovation are among our country’s greatest resources and companies are seeking locations that can provide access to those resources. The economic development landscape has drastically changed over the past 50 years. Rural communities must work smarter to define themselves in a unique way, develop robust and broadly defined economic development strategies, and market to a more targeted audience” said SDG Vice President Jeannette Goldsmith.

“TVA was created to help improve the quality of life in our region, particularly in rural areas and we are proud to further that mission by supporting the Rural Certified program,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. “Communities who are able to differentiate themselves and understand their unique assets will be better prepared for economic success.”

Four local economic development organizations certified during the programs 2018 inaugural year. Based on the success of this program during its inaugural year, TVA Economic Development is continuing to offer this opportunity to rural communities across the Valley.  Economic development professionals located in the TVA region who represent a rural-designated community will receive an application if interested in applying for the program in the future.
“We were very excited to be one of the first economic development organizations to receive this certification,” said Lowe. “By earning and maintaining this certification, we are telling our existing stakeholders, and any potential new stakeholders, that the City of Lewisburg and Marshall County understand economic development and how to implement strategies of success for all. I encourage any EDO in the TVA Region to strongly consider entering this program to earn certification for their organizations.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) a corporation owned by the U.S. government provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in seven southeastern states.  Economic development is a major part of TVA’s core mission.  TVA’s Economic Development services are focused on attracting targeted new industries, retaining and growing existing businesses and partnering with communities to help foster economic growth.  More information is available at TVA.com.
           
The City of Lewisburg Department of Economic Development exists to assist local businesses and industries thrive while creating an environment for new businesses and industries to grow. The City of Lewisburg Department of Economic Development does this to give each and every person in Lewisburg and Marshall County the opportunity to create wealth while also giving leaders the opportunity to make Lewisburg and Marshall County a better place to live, learn, work and play. To find out more, log onto www.lewisburgtn.gov.

Lowe Recipient of Economic Development Award from TVA



Senior Vice President of Economic Development for TVA, John Bradley, presents Greg Lowe with the TVA 2019 Community Excellence Award at the 2019 TVA Economic Development Forum in Nashville April 11-12, 2019


Lewisburg, TN - Greg Lowe, Director of Economic Development for the City of Lewisburg, was recently presented with 2019 Community Excellence Award by TVA Economic Development. The award, presented at TVA Economic Developers’ Forum, is given to an economic development professional within TVA’s seven-state service territory who exhibits outstanding economic and community development efforts.

“Greg Lowe’s passion for and commitment to Lewisburg’s economic growth are invaluable to his community,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. “TVA is proud to further its mission of service by partnering with Valley community leaders like Greg, to help foster economic growth.”

Lowe has participated in more than 20 community development trainings and initiatives since 2013, including the following TVA programs to advance community preparedness and growth:
·         Rural Leadership Institute
·         Valley Workforce Institute
·         Community Livability
·         Valley Sustainable Communities
·         TVA Economic Development Rural Cabinet
·         InvestPrep™

“I am truly honored and humbled by this recognition from an organization that has been so vital to my development professionally, as well as their incredible impact on my community and all those in the valley region,” said Lowe. “There is no greater partner to rural economic development than TVA and its Economic Development Division. I am indebted, as is the City of Lewisburg and Marshall County, for all they have done and continue to do to serve our region, our companies and our families.”
The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) a corporation owned by the U.S. government provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in seven southeastern states.  Economic development is a major part of TVA’s core mission.  TVA’s Economic Development services are focused on attracting targeted new industries, retaining and growing existing businesses and partnering with communities to help foster economic growth.  More information is available at.
           
The City of Lewisburg Department of Economic Development exists to assist local businesses and industries thrive while creating an environment for new businesses and industries to grow. The City of Lewisburg Department of Economic Development does this to give each and every person in Lewisburg and Marshall County the opportunity to create wealth while also giving leaders the opportunity to make Lewisburg and Marshall County a better place to live, learn, work and play. To find out more, log onto www.lewisburgtn.gov.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Lewisburg Named Top 20 Dynamic Micropolitan

Lewisburg was recently named a Top 20 Most Dynamic Micropolitan in the U.S. According to a study by the Walton Family Foundation. Click Here to Read Entire Study Lewisburg ranked 14th in the Top 100 Micropolitans as the study stated: Lewisburg is one of the few micros in the top 20 not anchored by oil and natural gas production or natural amenity-centered tourism. Roughly halfway between the growing metros of Nashville, Tennessee, and Huntsville, Alabama, the small town has itself become an enticing environment for companies looking to add manufacturing facilities. The local government’s economic development group has actively advertised the micro to manufacturers, with a webpage containing information on the explicit process to receive tax incentives, the area’s workforce characteristics, and the types of manufacturers the developers are most interested in. This self-branding seems to have been successful, with nine of the micro’s 11 largest employers either coming to the area or expanding existing operations from 2012 to 2016. Such growth has resulted in strong performances across multiple index components, with positive z-scores in all but the level of per-capita personal income and the second strongest 2013-2017 average annual pay growth of any micro. Lewisburg’s impressive rise does not look to be slowing. In mid-2017, Chinese company Minth Group, an automotive parts supplier, announced plans to invest over $13 million in a new manufacturing facility in Lewisburg; the new plant will create 200 jobs.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Lewisburg Receives $378,000 Grant for Industrial Site Development

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that 13 communities will receive more than $5 million in Site Development Grant funding.
The Site Development Grant program is part of the larger Rural Economic Opportunity Act supported by the Tennessee General Assembly for the last three years.
“I would like to congratulate the 13 communities receiving Site Development Grants,” Lee said.
“One of Tennessee’s major initiatives is helping rural communities, and with the assistance of these grants, these communities will be better positioned for economic success and investment. I look forward to seeing these communities continue to grow and excel.”
The grants are intended to help rural communities overcome barriers to achieve Select
Tennessee site certification and prepare them to receive economic development projects that will create jobs in their communities. The funds assist communities in completing infrastructure needs and making engineering improvements on project-ready sites.
“When a company is looking to expand or locate new operations in our state, one of the most important assets a community can have to land a project is a shovel-ready site,” Rolfe said. “I am proud of these 13 communities for taking the initiative to be better prepared for economic growth with the assistance of the Site Development Grants.”
“Through the Site Development Grants, we are partnering with these communities to help them remain competitive in the economic development game by creating project-ready sites,” said
Sammie Arnold, TNECD assistant commissioner of Community and Rural Development. “With this investment, we expect to see more job creation and anticipate future growth in these communities.”
The Site Development Grant program works in cooperation with the department’s Select Tennessee Site Certification program.
Applications were reviewed by an advisory committee made up of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Austin Consulting, Tennessee Valley Authority, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Tennessee Department of
Transportation and USDA Rural Development.
The grants awarded include:
Lewisburg Industrial Development Board: 
I-65 Commerce Park, $378,000 – Purchase of 27 acres

Decatur County:
Decatur County Industrial Site, $95,000 – Conduct due diligence studies

Grundy County:
Pelham Industrial Park, $500,000 – Grading of nine acres and extension of access road, water line and sewer line

Lauderdale County: 
Viar Avenue/Ripley Power & Light Industrial Building, $496,871 – Building improvements including repair of the roof, replacement of restroom facilities and clearance of interior office space

City of Henderson:
Henderson Industrial Park, $448,200 – Clearing and grading of 15 acres of land

Hawkins County Industrial Development Board:
Phipps Bend Industrial Park Lots 11, 17 and 18, $99,288 – Conduct due diligence studies

Macon County:
Lafayette/Macon County Industrial Park Site, $27,000 – Development of a Master Plan

Obion County Joint Economic Development Council:
Titan Golf Course site, $90,000 – Conduct due diligence studies

Stewart County:
Stewart-Houston Industrial Park, $35,155 – Conduct archeological survey, prepare topography and grading plan, and perform rail feasibility study

City of Jackson:
Highway 223 East Site, $379,546 – Clearing of 16 acres and design of a new industrial access road

City of Morristown:
East Tennessee Progress Center, $1,000,000 – Grading to prepare 1 million square foot building site

City of Columbia Tennessee Industrial Development Board: 
Oakland Rail Site, $1,000,000 – Purchase 129 acres of land

Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board: 
Clarksville Montgomery County Corporate Business Park North, $500,000 – Grading of 42 acres

TNECD is currently accepting applications for the next round of Site Development Grants. All local governments interested in receiving Site Development Grants must submit a Letter of Intent by March 8, 2019 and a completed application by April 5, 2019. Additional information regarding the grants can be found here.
Each application was supported by the community’s senator and representatives 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 that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To Grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.
Find us on the web: tnecd.com. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tnecd. Like us on
Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

TN Reconnect Ambassador Training for Marshall County

Consider this an invitation to become one of our Marshall Co. TN Reconnect Ambassadors. The information below will explain the program and why I am asking you to take part. I believe this is another important step in the upgrading of our local workforce and you can play an important role for your company and this community. 

TN Reconnect Ambassador Training
Wednesday, Nov. 28 - 4-6pm
Columbia State Community College-Lewisburg 
(980 S. Ellington Pkwy., Lewisburg, TN 37091)
For More Information about TN Reconnect http://midtnreconnect.org/ 
Click to Register Here - https://goo.gl/forms/2zrzldmP4h7H8Mgd2

Please help me in developing this program in Marshall Co. to get more people the skills they need, that you need them to have and to get more people back into the workforce and off the sidelines. Along with TN Promise, this program is one method we are developing in Marshall Co. to improve the quality of our workforce.

Other Methods We Are Undertaking in Marshall County to Improve Workforce:
  • Pathways Presentations - Bringing Industries into the schools from 3rd Grade and Up to tell kids about their companies, careers at their companies, the soft skills needed to succeed at their companies and the educational/training levels required to succeed at their companies
  • Pathways Tours - Local industries are hosting student tours where entire classes (Freshmen class, Sophomore Class or Junior Class - 7th or 8th grade) from schools across the county come to the plants to see what is being done there and what is needed in the way of workforce
  • Job Fair for Seniors - Spot Lowe Technology Center will host a Job Fair for Early Graduating Seniors at MCHS and Other Seniors interested in getting a job on Nov. 29
  • Interviews of 6th Graders - Westhills Elementary 6th Graders will be filling out resumes and doing interviews with HR Managers from local industry later this school year to prepare themselves for what it is like to apply for a job
  • Along with the JECDB and new director Emily Darnell, we will be working on developing focus groups and boards made up of industry leaders, educational leaders and community leaders to tackle specifically the various issues negatively affecting the availability and quality of workforce in Marshall Co.
Please consider becoming a TN Reconnect Ambassador and attend this training session. 

Thank you.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Comfort Research Hosts Joint LEAN Training


Comfort Research in Lewisburg, TN is holding LEAN training sessions for its employees today and tomorrow and welcomed employees from some of its fellow manufacturers to join in at no cost.
Employees from Berry Global, Calsonic Kansei, Nichirin, Talos Engineering and WestRock joined the Comfort Research crew for the training that is just one way local businesses are working on its workforce development efforts.