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Sequatchie County Forms Industrial Development Board

As part of Sequatchie County’s strategic plan for economic development, The Industrial Development Board (IDB) of the County of Sequatchie was created.  At their first official meeting in December 2019, the newly formed board was presented a $25,000 check from Sequatchie County. The IDB will work to facilitate the growth of existing industries as well…

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Mueller Expands into Marion County, TN

On November 13, 2019, Mueller announced its investment of $41 million and the creation of 325 jobs over the next five years at the 233,000 SF former WestRock facility located in Kimball, Tennessee.  Read more at timesfreepress.com

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Marion County Celebrates Pre-Apprenticeship Program

On November 13, 2019, Tennessee Governor Bill Lee spoke about a pre-apprenticeship program launched through a partnership between Chattanooga State Community College, Marion County Schools, and Valmont Industries. Eight high school students, from Marion County schools, were hired by Valmont Industries to participate in the initial cohort of the new work-based learning program. The students…

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SEIDA, SVEC, and Valmont Celebrate On-Site Training Facility

Jasper, TN— October 4, 2019 — Today, the Southeast Industrial Development Association (SEIDA) in partnership with Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC) was pleased to celebrate the opportunity to assist Valmont in the construction of their new on-site Training Facility. In 2015, SEIDA created the SR² Community Assistance Program.  The purpose of the program is to…

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SEIDA Staff Receive TCED Status

The UT CIS economic development team congratulated the tenth graduating class of the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Program on Wednesday, April 17. Candidates presented their Capstone Project Presentations to their mentors and the UT CIS TCED team at the graduation ceremony in Nashville. These six new Tennessee Certified Economic Developers have worked hard and…

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Local Economic Development Professional Graduate of TVA’s Professional Rural Leadership Institute

Local Economic Development Professional Graduate of TVA’s Professional Rural Leadership Institute Pictured L to R: Jonathon Connell, SETD; John Bradley, TVA ED Chattanooga, TN – Jonathon Connell, Regional Planner with the Southeast Tennessee Development District recently graduated from TVA’s Rural Leadership Institute. The Rural Leadership Institute, developed and sponsored by TVA Economic Development, provides professional…

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Two German Manufacturers Plans New Development in Tennessee

Governor Bill Lee visited Southeast Tennessee in March to make two significant job announcements. Governor Lee joined Hubner Manufacturing Corporation officials to announce that the manufacturer will build a new production facility in Dunlap. Hubner plans to invest nearly $10 million and create 66 jobs in Sequatchie County over the next five years. In Dayton,…

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Local Economic Development Practitioner Completes UT Training Course

Jonathon Connell was one of more than 50 economic development professionals from Tennessee and 10 other states who graduated from the 12th annual Tennessee Basic Economic Development Course (TBEDC) in May in Nashville. Connell is a development specialist with the Southeast Tennessee Development District. The week-long course is one of 10 courses offered by the…

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New Solar Module Plant in Dalton, Georgia

A Korean Manufacturer of solar modules plans to build a $150 million plant in Dalton, Ga and create 500 jobs. Hanwha Q CELLS Korea announced that it plans to produce high-performance and high-quality photovoltaic modules at the new facility which is expected to be in operation by next year. Read more here.

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