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
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