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Team Tennessee Times – September 5, 2017

TNECD Announces Work-Based Learning Grants

TNECD is now accepting Work-Based Learning Grant applications. The Work-Based Learning Grants will be awarded to projects that promote community-led work-based learning programs that improve career awareness and readiness among students. The grants are aimed at improving Tennessee’s future workforce talent pipeline. All those interested in receiving the Work-Based Learning Grant must submit applications by Friday, Oct. 6, 2017. To learn more visit

NFI Establishing 170-Job Operation In Smyrna

A pair of companies announced investments in Smyrna last week. Both aren’t strangers to the Middle Tennessee.

NFI, which currently operates two other distribution centers in the Greater Nashville area, announced it will establish a third in the region. A leading provider of logistics solutions, NFI plans to invest $7.2 million and create nearly 170 jobs in Rutherford County. More details here.

Franke Foodservice Systems Expands in Rutherford County

Franke Foodservice Systems also outlined expansion plans for Smyrna last week. Franke, which manufacturers food service equipment, will invest $11.6 million and create nearly 70 jobs in Rutherford County. Here are more details on Swiss-based Franke’s plans in Middle Tennessee.

Register for 2017 Governor’s Conference Today

The 2017 Governor’s Conference is less than two months away. Make sure to get your tickets and register today for this year’s conference. We look forward to seeing you all in Gatlinburg in October.

LaunchTN’s New Funding Opportunity

With the Discover Entrepreneurship Grants, LaunchTN has introduced a new funding opportunity for organizations aiming to support entrepreneurs. Non-profit organizations can apply for grants toward youth and adult education meant to develop future founders and build high growth companies. LaunchTN’s intention is to stimulate opportunistic approaches to fostering entrepreneurship among diverse populations and across a variety of industries. Learn more here.

TN Department of Agriculture Launches New Enterprise Fund Program

The Agriculture Enterprise Fund is a new initiative from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, an important Rural Task Force partner. AEF grants are available for new and expanding Tennessee agricultural and food businesses, farmers, and other entities.

Successful applicants will display an impact on local farm income, access to markets, increased capacity, or agricultural innovation, especially in Tennessee’s at-risk and distressed counties. Read more and apply here: