Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Lewisburg, Tenn., Named as Valley Sustainable Silver Community

Lewisburg, Tenn., October 22, 2013 – The city of Lewisburg, Tenn., has been named a Valley Sustainable Silver Community by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA). The Valley Sustainable Communities Program initiated by TVA Economic Development helps communities document and improve existing sustainability programs to increase their competitiveness when companies are considering investing in new or expanded locations.

Lewisburg recently completed the program sponsored by TVA, which was developed and administered by consultant Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA).

“We are proud that Lewisburg has completed the Valley Sustainable Communities Program,” said Del Boyette, president and CEO of Boyette Strategic Advisors. “The Silver level designation recognizes that Lewisburg has community-wide sustainability in place, with some programs available to support the business community and take advantage of economic development opportunities.”

Sustainability has become a key issue for economic development organizations and communities as more corporations have demonstrated an increasing commitment to sustainability. More than 90 percent of corporate real estate executives who responded to a CoreNet Global survey on sustainability said that it is a consideration in their company location decisions. The typical reasons for this corporate commitment are reduced operating costs for increased profitability and greater employee satisfaction.

“TVA Economic Development’s mission includes working with Valley communities, like Lewisburg, to help them be ready for economic growth opportunities,” said John Bradley, TVA senior vice president of Economic Development. “We are seeing that more and more companies have an increasing business emphasis on sustainable operations, and are adding this component to their RFIs as they search for a community where they can locate, grow, and enhance their company’s sustainability commitments.”

“We are extremely proud to receive this recognition from TVA,” said Lewisburg Mayor Jim Bingham. “We work very hard to be the kind of community people want to live and work and one that supports its business and industry. It feels very good to have those efforts rewarded by agencies such as TVA and Boyette Strategic Advisors.”

“I am very excited to be able to market this accomplishment along with our partners at TVA,” said Lewisburg Director of Economic Development Greg Lowe. “I believe that our being recognized for our sustainability by TVA and BSA will help us to better demonstrate to prospective industries, businesses and potential residents that Lewisburg is not only looking forward, but moving forward.”

Lewisburg, Tennessee is located along I-65 just 50 miles from Nashville, Tennessee and Huntsville, Alabama. It’s location and its commitment to industrial development has made it one of the strongest manufacturing-based communities in Tennessee.