Twelve Communities Selected in Newest Round of Tennessee Downtowns
TNECD announced 12 new communities that will take part in the Tennessee Downtowns program. Since 2010, 58 communities have participated in Tennessee Downtowns, which helps local communities revitalize traditional commercial districts. The participants go through a two-year program supported by the National Main Street Center and receive $15,000 grants to complete a downtown improvement project.
Click here for a full list of the new Tennessee Downtown communities.
Morristown Lands Major Expansion
Petoskey Plastics, Inc. announced it would invest $29 million to expand its operations in Morristown. The film, bag and resin manufacturer plans to create approximately 70 jobs during the next five years. Petoskey supplies the automotive, medical, retail, packaging and construction industries. Here’s more on this major investment in Hamblen County.
Coil Design Corporation Establishing HQs and Production in Dayton
Coil Design Corporation, a manufacturer of heating and cooling coils for the HVAC industry, announced Monday that it will locate its headquarters and production operations in Dayton. Coil Design will invest $3.4 million and initially create 70 jobs in Rhea County over the next two years.
“For decades, Dayton has had a rich manufacturing legacy, especially in skilled trades that supply the HVAC industry,” TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe said. “By establishing its headquarters and production in Dayton, Coil Design Corporation will play a crucial role in boosting the local economy and providing jobs for the citizens of Rhea County.” Here’s more on Coil Design’s new operations.
TNECD’s Lamont Price Gives Commencement Address at Tennessee Wesleyan
Lamont Price, director of TNInvestco, a part of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, gave the commencement speech at Tennessee Wesleyan. Wanting to keep his address practical to the lives of the graduates, he urged the grads to remember the gift of community where they can serve.
TNECD Site Development Grant Helps Crossville Ready Industrial Park
Crossville officials celebrated a groundbreaking at the Crossville Interchange Business Park this past week. A recipient of a TNECD Site Development Grant, Crossville is constructing a 200,000-square-foot building pad and moving forward to achieve Select Tennessee Site Certification. Here’s more about the Site Development Grant program.
New Digital Literacy Broadband Grants Bring STEM Skills to Students
Earlier this year we told you about new digital literacy grants awarded to 52 libraries across the state. Made possible by Governor Haslam’s Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act and a partnership between TNECD and the Tennessee State Library and Archives, the grants support STEM training for students, digital literacy and basic computer skills training. One grant recipient: the Sevier County Public Library. Here students use a Raspberry Pi to learn about coding and programming. Check out our broadband page to see more.