Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development presented ThreeStar awards at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville in October.
“We’re honored to be recognized as a ThreeStar community by the State of Tennessee again this year,” said Industrial Development Board Chairman Billy Atkins. “We work hard to continue to meet the high standards set by the state for this designation.”
The ThreeStar program is a vital component to Tennessee’s overall level of success, providing counties with a framework for continued economic and community strength. Annual participation in the ThreeStar program helps communities develop a strategy and a plan to address Governor Haslam’s five priorities for public policy that include: jobs and economic development; fiscal strength and efficient government; public safety; health and welfare; and education and workforce development. The program encourages local community leaders, representing the five program areas, the Joint Economic and Community Development Board, and other key community stakeholders to implement activities that will impact the quality of life issues and therefore, their global competitiveness.
Benefits of certification include a four percent discount on the required match rate for select state and federal grants. Participation in certain state programs, such as the TN Downtown Revitalization Program, Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program, and the Tourism Enhancement Grant Program require the county is ThreeStar certified.
To learn more about the ThreeStar program, visit TN.gov/ECD/ThreeStar.
About the Industrial Development Board
The Industrial Development Board was established in 1963 to maintain and increase employment opportunities by recruiting companies to locate in Clarksville-Montgomery County. The organization is governed by 15 board of director members, nine of which are voting members and are appointed by Montgomery County Commission; six are ex-officio.