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Business After Hours - June 2017 We had a wonderful Business After Hours at Discovery Park of America celebrating their newest traveling exhibit! We had a wonderful turnout and encourage everyone to take advantage of it until September!

"Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones is a traveling exhibition organized by the East Tennessee Historical Society in Knoxville, Tennessee. The exhibition project was made possible through an educational grant from the Alcoa Foundation to highlight Tennessee's manufacturing story - past, present, and future. The grant was awarded in honor of Alcoa Tennessee Operations 100th Anniversary and the announcement of its automotive expansion project on May 2, 2013. Additional support comes from the Tennessee Valley Authority. Made in Obion County Exhibit is in addition to the Made in Tennessee: Manufacturing Milestones. Guests can learn about the local impact that industries had and continue to have in this area. Discovery Park of America is adding a section dedicated to the manufacturers in Obion County, including: Blue Steel Tool, Inc.; KMI; Blue Steel Tool & Die; MIA Seating; Darling Ingredients; Premier Buildings; G & H Tool & Die; Reelfoot Metal; Green Plains; Titan Tire - Fleming Fabric & Wire; High Note Solutions; HTS Mixing; RPG Physical Testing Labs; Greenfield Products; Tyson; H & O Tool & Die; Waymatic; Jiffy Steamers; Williams Country Sausage"

UNION CITY, Tenn. - Twenty-six years after Brent Lee left Union City to go railroading, he is coming home to run his own short line.

The Union City Terminal Railroad is expected to debut in May. The line is an eight-mile stub of the former Gulf, Mobile & Ohio Railroad main line between Union City and Rives, Tenn., where it connects to the Canadian National (former Illinois Central) main line.

"I was born and raised in Union City," Lee says. "I always had the idea if I ever wanted to short line something, it would be that line."

Lee says he spent 24 of his 26 years with the Burlington Northern and BNSF Railway in track maintenance and train service.

Obion County Virtual Spec Building RecognizedBy Eli Dile

It has long been a common practice among economic development organizations to invest in speculative shell buildings as a business attraction tool. Spec buildings make a community more competitive in the site selection process by reducing the time and upfront costs for a company to get up and running in a new community.
But spec buildings don't come without risk. Capital is tied up in construction, and there's no guarantee a company will ever buy or lease it. Plus, constructing a building without a specific industry in mind can limit the range of potential end users, as many have specific facility requirements.

Main Street communities created more than 1,000 new jobs

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today the 2016 economic impact and reinvestment statistics from 30 certified Tennessee Main Street communities across the state. These Main Street communities created more than 1,000 new jobs and generated over $124 million of public/private investment in 2016, while continuing to be a vital part of the state's economic growth.

OC Workforce Development: Work Ethics Certificate ProgramOn April 11, representatives from the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council and Chamber of Commerce, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, Williams Sausage, CenterPoint Business Solutions, Commercial Bank, NW Tennessee Workforce Board, TCAT Newbern, and Obion County Schools met to discuss the implementation of the Work Ethics Certificate program in Obion County Schools, and the impact it could have on employment in our area.