TNECD Announces Fifth Round Of Select Tennessee Certified Sites

Saturday, August 9, 2014
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced the next eight Select Tennessee Certified Sites. The Select Tennessee program was launched in June 2012 with the goal of helping Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion. The program sets a consistent and rigorous standard upon which companies can rely in making critical location decisions. To date, 34 greenfield sites have been certified and new facilities are being located at Select Tennessee Sites in Anderson, Benton, Dyer, Montgomery and Sumner Counties.
The eight newest sites are:

• Airport Industrial Park, Site A: Madison County (James Lawrence Road, Jackson)
• Airport Industrial Park, Site B: Madison County (Smith Lane, Jackson)
• Cherry Glen Industrial Park: Maury County (Hwy 43/Sam Watkins Blvd., Mt. Pleasant)
• Gibson County Industrial Park, North Site: Gibson County (N Central Avenue, Humboldt)
• Gibson County Industrial Park, South Site: Gibson County (N Central Avenue, Humboldt)
• Fayetteville-Lincoln County Industrial Park, Lot 4: Lincoln County (Winchester Highway, Fayetteville)
• Team Lawrence Commerce Park, East Site: Lawrence County (US Highway 43N, Ethridge)
• Team Lawrence Commerce Park, West Site: Lawrence County (US Highway 43N, Ethridge)

“We recognize that in today’s global economy, companies are often making important site selection decisions on a tight timeline and want reassurance the site they choose presents minimal risk and allows them to be operational in the shortest possible timeframe,” Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “The Select Tennessee Certified Sites program allows top decision makers to feel confident their project will move forward without any major road blocks, because their site has already been vetted and certified to international standards by world-class site selection firms Austin Consulting and The Foote Consulting Group. I congratulate all of our new Select Tennessee Certified Sites and their communities for making this valuable investment in our state’s future.”

The program acknowledges that companies looking to expand or relocate their operations often eliminate less-prepared sites and addresses this issue by ensuring sites meet a specific standard. Among the qualifications needed to become certified, a site must have at least 20 developable acres, proper zoning in place to allow for ease of development, all utilities at the site or a formal plan to extend to the site, and truck-quality road access.

 A hallmark of the program is ensuring that Tennessee sites are ready for development, whether through marketing those ready for a prospect or providing guidance for uncertified sites to achieve a higher level of preparedness. 

TNECD has partnered with Austin Consulting and The Foote Consulting Group to administer the program. 

“When evaluating properties for our corporate clients, certified sites are often significantly easier to assess because of the level of due diligence that has been completed,” Austin Consulting Location Consultant Brandon Talbert said. “The comprehensive and detailed information available on the property allows us and our clients to make faster decisions compared to sites that haven’t gone through a formal due diligence process. Other things being equal, a certified site is viewed more favorably and generally carries less risk because most of our questions have already been answered.”

"The Select Tennessee Certified Sites program is working well. Companies and site selectors want sites that are ready to go now and over 30 sites are certified and ready now,” Deane C. Foote, Foote Consulting Group, LLC President & CEO, said. “Over five of these sites have now been sold, industrial project construction is underway and this is producing the jobs and tax base that we all want."

There are now 34 Select Tennessee Certified Sites available in 22 different counties across the state. Communities interested in participating in the program must begin the formal application process by sending in their letter of intent. The letter of intent can be sent in by email to Select.Tennessee@tn.gov at any time.


Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events For Oct. 23-27

TUES/24 East Brainerd Council Meeting 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Car Barn:  6721 Heritage Business Court Speaker: Steven Wagner, Erlanger Children's Hospital $12.   TUES/24 Grand Re-Opening of Food City 5 - 5:30 p.m. Food City:  7804 E. Brainerd Rd .   THUR/26 Reality Check - East Ridge High School ... (click for more)

Catherine Heigel Named Chief Operating Officer For Elliott Davis

Catherine Heigel, the former director of the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, has returned to Elliott Davis, LLC as its chief operating officer.  In this role, Ms. Heigel manages the firm’s operational support functions, including legal, information technology, human resource, marketing and communications, and firm administration. In addition, ... (click for more)

Signal Mountain To Hold Public Meetings On Idea Of Setting Up Own School System

Discussion about follow-up public meetings regarding the Signal Mountain School System Viability Committee (SMSSVC) report dominated the council’s work session on Friday afternoon. Council member Dan Landrum’s opinion about how to proceed differed from the other four council members. Mr. Landrum argued to end the study and to hold no public meetings. His reason was that of the 738 ... (click for more)

Man Shot Multiple Times In Cleveland; Jesus Teague, 14, Is Arrested

On Saturday, at 6:12 a.m., Cleveland Police Department responded to 1210 Elrod Place SE in reference to a domestic disturbance.   A man sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was transported to Erlanger by Life Force. His condition is stable, at this time.   The suspect, Jesus Tyler Teague, 14, was located and was in custody as of 3:25 p.m. ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Myth And Fact Check

My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga. I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was nine and how she died from the disease when he was fourteen. As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: It’s All About People

The leaders of Hamilton County’s Mental Health Court held a heart-warming open house Friday afternoon and it was announced that just since February, the creation has saved the county over $3 million in incarceration costs. But to hear County Mayor Jim Coppinger or Judge Don Poole tell it, that’s not what is important. “Soon after the court started, a kind, quiet man I’ll ... (click for more)