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.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Join Leadership Marshall Class of 2017-2018 Today

Leadership Marshall is a program initiated by the Tennessee Department of Economic Development as part of its Three Star Community Certification and has been conducted through the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce since 1996. Since the inception of the program, the volunteer coordinator has been Lynda Potts.

The purpose of the leadership class is two-fold. First, members are exposed to a vast wealth of information about the city, county, and state. Second, members are allowed to network with others who share a common interest in the community. The camaraderie has been both exciting and rewarding for all graduates.

Admission to the program is by application and payment of $150.00 to Leadership Marshall, delivered to the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. 

One nine-hour session per month for eight months will focus on information and tours that will benefit leaders and/or potential leaders. Included in the schedule will be an Orientation Day, History Day, Health Services Day, City Government Day, County Government Day, State Government Day, Education Day, and Industry Day. A three-hour graduation luncheon will be held after all eight sessions are completed.

Individually, each member is asked to attend or participate in at least four community meetings or programs, such as attending a City Council meeting, a Marshall County Board of Education meeting, a Lewisburg Planning and Zoning Committee meeting, or a production at the Dixie Theatre. A long list of possible activities will be included in the member notebooks which are given out at the first session.

A group project may be adopted by the group at the first session.  The Class of 2000-2001 launched Junior Leadership Marshall. Another class collected old photographs of Lewisburg and had them framed for the conference room at Columbia State Community College. Two groups raised money for projects involving the Rock Creek Walking Trail.  One group built the heli-pad for Air EVAC at the EMS site. Three years ago the class supervised improvements and additions to the Marshall County Library. Two classes have installed an historical marker at buildings around the Square.

The county and city mayors and various organization chairmen have been asked to appoint their board members and committees from the list of Leadership Marshall graduates. We currently have many graduates serving in places of decision.

Each class is limited in membership. Applications are taken year round at the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. Presently, the classes are formed as the applications come to the Chamber on a first come first served basis. If you would like to participate in the next class, email Lynda Potts , phone the Chamber at 359-3863 to secure an application or download an application here.