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.
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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 
Click to Register Here -

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.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Marshall Co. Transportation Plan Underway – Your Input Is Needed

Marshall County and the municipalities of Lewisburg, Chapel Hill, Cornersville, and Petersburg are developing a comprehensive transportation plan for major roadways within and throughout Marshall County and its jurisdictions. An online interactive map has been setup to receive citizen input on current and future transportation needs throughout Marshall County.  Check out the online map and share your opinions on transportation issues in Marshall County at

Friday, April 20, 2018

Marshall County One of Seven Selected for TN ECD Property Evaluation Program

Program to help communities identify industrial sites for economic development projects

NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) announced today the counties chosen to participate in the latest round of the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP).

The counties selected in this round of PEP include Anderson, Benton, Cheatham, Hardin, Henry, Marshall and Washington.

Started in 2015, PEP is designed to improve the inventory of industrial sites and buildings in Tennessee. The program evaluates potential properties, advising counties on where investment may be most beneficial and how sites can be improved to attract prospective companies.

“Having available, shovel-ready sites is essential for Tennessee counties to remain competitive for industrial recruitment. Through PEP, these seven counties are taking the steps needed to become more marketable,” Rolfe said. “I congratulate the counties chosen to participate in this program and look forward to seeing their future success through PEP.”

PEP originates from the department’s Select Tennessee Certified Site Program. With the assistance of site selection firm Austin Consulting, PEP benefits participating counties by providing guidance on site planning for future industrial development projects.

“As part of PEP, when local leadership takes a critical look at their real estate assets, they almost always come to an agreement on which properties are most competitive,” Director of Austin Consulting Jonathon Gemmen said. “With everyone on the same page, the appropriate next steps can be taken to improve their strongest sites and buildings.”

For counties selected to participate, PEP includes an on-site visit by Austin Consulting and TNECD, an educational webinar on the site selection process and a comprehensive assessment addressing the strengths and needs of a community’s inventory of industrial sites. This assessment also offers recommendations for communities to improve marketability.

PEP selection was based on the demonstrated local need for industrial properties and the county’s ability to assemble viable properties with market potential.

The application process begins with the submission of a 
letter of intent, which is accepted at any time. Upon receipt of the letter, interested communities will be provided with the PEP application. A new round of communities will be accepted into the program in the fall of 2018. For more details on the PEP, click 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. Find us on the web: Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd. Like us on