|NWTN strategic plan developed by state |
|Posted: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 12:03 pm |
|Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty last week announced the release of nine regional strategic plans outlining how ECD’s field staff will lead new economic development efforts in their regions, support existing networks of local organizations and serve as an effective conduit between the department and regional stakeholders. The plans can be viewed at http://tn.gov/ecd/. |
Gov. Haslam’s Jobs4TN economic development plan, announced earlier this year, decentralized ECD and established nine jobs base camps throughout the state.
Jobs base camp regional directors and their staffs created the strategic plans through a variety of outreach efforts, stakeholder meetings and consensus building activities.
The Northwest Tennessee Regional Strategic Plan defines areas of strengths throughout a the nine-county region.
The northwest Tennessee region is located near the geographic center of the U.S. population and it is globally linked by a combination of road, rail, air and water infrastructure assets, according to the report. Among the region’s strengths, the health care industry continues to grow across northwest Tennessee, while nearly 62 percent of the land is being used for agriculture. Within the strategic plan there is a “three-fold plan for innovation – Entrepreneurial Development, Agriculture/Natural Resource Development and Digital Factories.
The plan also includes recommended strategies for the region such as: Identify Target Sectors and Regional Assets; Brand and Market the Region; Develop Site Consultant Relationships and Leverage Large Projects, including the Cates Landing port, I-69 and the Haywood County Megasite. Regional partners in Northwest Tennessee cited in the strategic plan include – Bethel University, Connected Tennessee, Delta Regional Authority, Dyersburg State Community College, Jackson State Community College, local Chambers of Commerce, local utility districts, McKenzie Industrial Board, Northwest Tennessee Development District, Obion County Joint Economic Development Council, Paris/Henry Economic Developmental Corporation, Startup Tennessee, Tennessee career centers, Tennessee small business development centers, Tennessee Technology Centers, University of Tennessee at Martin, Weakley County Economic Development Board and the West Tennessee Industrial Association.