Pickett County earns Three-Star Certification
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber announced that Pickett County has achieved certification under the state’s Three-Star program for excellence in economic development. “Solid community development provides the foundation for successful economic development,” said Commissioner Kisber.
“Our Three-Star communities play an integral role in the overall economic health of the state, and I congratulate Pickett County for its commitment to excellence and dedication to long-term economic growth and success.”
Pickett County and the Town of Byrdstown are now eligible to receive additional incentives under the guidelines of the Tennessee Three-Star program. “ECD is proud to support Pickett County in its dedication to long-term economic growth and success,” said ECD Assistant Commissioner of Community Development Rick Meredith. “The community has emphasized essential foundational steps and targeted its strengths that will improve quality of life and grow jobs.”
“A special note of appreciation goes out to the Byrdstown-Pickett County Chamber of Commerce and to all involved for coordinating and leading the certification process for Pickett County for the 2009-2010 certification cycle,” said Pickett County Executive Director Will Robbins.
In order to receive the certification, communities are required to meet criteria in planning, leadership, community, business and 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; earning points in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program; assistance from ECD’s Regional Economic Development Specialists and the sharing of “best practices” in community development; and the establishment of a strategic plan that is updated annually with measurable goals, specific actions, responsible parties and a timeline.