Volume 51, Number 30

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Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, July 24, 2014

Pickett County earns Three Star Certification

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matthew Kisber announced that Pickett County has achieved certification under the state’s Three-Star program for excellence in economic development.
“The Three-Star designation is the result of a great deal of hard work on the part of Pickett County,” Kisber said. “Three-Star communities know that sustainable economic development is always built on solid community development, and ECD is proud to support Pickett County in its dedication to long-term economic growth and success.”
Pickett County and the City of Byrdstown are now eligible to receive additional incentives under the guidelines of the Tennessee Three-Star program.
The Three-Star program has set high standards and incentives like no other state-run program in the nation. Governor Phil Bredesen’s five-year asset-based economic development strategic plan is the cornerstone of the program.
In 2005, the Southern Growth Policies Board, a bipartisan public policy think tank devoted to strengthening the South’s economy, recognized the Three-Star program as a best practices program and a Southern leader in community certification programs.
Tennessee’s Three-Star program helps urban and rural communities develop strategic economic and community development plans that meet the needs and challenges of an ever-changing economic environment. It helps communities preserve existing employment, create new employment opportunities, improve family income and develop a strong leadership base for economic development.
The Tennessee Three-Star Program, which is currently active in 88 counties and one city, represents more than 340 Tennessee cities.
“On behalf of ECD, I applaud Pickett County on its accomplishments and dedication to the Three-Star program,” said ECD Assistant Commissioner of Community Development Rick Meredith. “This prime demonstration of Pickett County’s commitment to economic development is indicative of more success to come.”
In order to receive the certification, communities are required to meet criteria in organizational, community, business, education and work force development categories. Incentives for receiving the certification include identification on all FastTrack infrastructure and job training applications; eligibility for matching grants, if criteria set by ECD are met; and the advantage of earning points in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program.

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