The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today it has launched the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP). The goal of this new tool is to improve the inventory of industrial sites and buildings in Tennessee by evaluating potential properties and advising counties on where investment may be most beneficial and what steps may be needed to address issues.

Amber Jones1 Thessalonians 5:11 says "Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing."

We, as a community, have an opportunity to live this out by supporting our neighbors.

ambassadorsTim York, Matt Sanner, Dustin McBride, Cassie Hickey, John Fry, Bradley Zill, Donnie Johnson, Bobie Collins, Tracy Boucher, Jeanette Davis, Allison Aumiller, Amber Armour. Sara Boyd, Lorraine Gossett, Brandi Wyrick, Amy Keathley, Emily Billingsley, Caitlyn Landry, Barbie Hardy.

Not Pictured: Heather Waggoner, Gentry Reedy, Bo Pate, Mikki McLeary, Emily Hall, Debbie Ams, Charlene Burpo

On June 3rd the Obion County JEDC convened education and workforce officials, as well as human resources professionals, to discuss our regional education efforts and our existing/future workforce. The Tennessee Career Center here in Union City sponsored breakfast and graciously hosted the meeting. This time together was viewed as a round table opportunity to discuss current programs and potential ideas for strengthening our area's workforce.

New Tool to Assist Counties, Improve Inventory of Industrial Sites

NASHVILLE - The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced today it has launched the Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program (PEP). The goal of this new tool is to improve the inventory of industrial sites and buildings in Tennessee by evaluating potential properties and advising counties on where investment may be most beneficial and what steps may be needed to address issues.

Tennessee Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd needs your help in supporting Governor Haslam's Drive to 55.

mayor's round table meetingThank you to the Wade Carrington of Woodland Mills for hosting this quarter's Mayor's Round table and to TLM Associates for sponsoring the event! We had a great turnout with many exciting updates happening in each community!

Custom Laboratory Building Company to Invest $6.2Million, Create 200 New Jobs

NASHVILLE-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Institutional Casework Inc. (ICI) officials announced the company will expand its current operations in Tennessee, opening a new manufacturing facility in Union City. ICI is expanding due to market demand and will invest $6.2 million in this new facility, creating 200 new jobs in Obion County.

2015 Annual JEDC Banquet winners!Last month, the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council held its annual banquet. The event is a night of celebrating our chamber members and industries for their growth and successes throughout the year. We had nearly 300 individuals join us for this event and we want to thank each of you for the support you always show towards our organization.

Conference for Economic and Community DevelopmentObion County was once again certified as a ThreeStar Community at the Governor's Conference for Economic and Community Development. Lindsay Frilling accepted the plaque from Governor Haslam and Commissioner Boyd. Pictured left to right are: Jody Sliger, Jo Ann Speer, Governor Haslam, Frilling, Rep. Bill Sanderson, Commissioner Boyd, Janna Hellums, Blake Swaggart, and Amy New.

Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City Earned an 'A' Grade for Patient Safety in Leapfrog's Fall 2015 Hospital Safety ScoreAn announcement released nationally by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, shows key shifts among many hospitals on the A, B, C, D and F grades rating them on errors, injuries, accidents, and infections. Baptist Memorial Hospital-Union City earned an A in this elite national ratings program, recognizing its strong commitment to patient safety. The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation's leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

Rokerthon takes Tennessee by storm

NBC's Al Roker Broadcasts Live from Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn.

UNION CITY, Tenn - NBC's Al Roker highlighted one of Tennessee's most dynamic attractions during a live TODAY Show broadcast this morning from Discovery Park of America in Union City, Tenn. during "Rokerthon 2, Taking America By Storm."

The famous weatherman is making history by broadcasting weather from 50 states in one week in an attempt for The Guinness World Records. Roker is traveling by planes, trains and automobiles and will end his tour live Nov. 13 on Rockefeller Plaza.

Hamilton-Ryker Named Regional Partner of the YearHamilton-Ryker was recently awarded "Regional Partner of the Year" by Goodwill Career Solutions. Welding, forklift operation, clerical, human resources, general assembly-you name it. In the six years since Hamilton-Ryker first began putting Goodwill Career Solutions clients to work across West Tennessee, there are few job descriptions they haven't filled. They have been the number one employer partner with Goodwill's Union City Career Solutions Center for three years and running. Those efforts have expanded into Madison County and across West Tennessee, making them the eighth highest employer in terms of client placements across the 48 counties Goodwill serves. Already this year, Hamilton-Ryker has placed 164 Goodwill clients into jobs in West Tennessee. Hamilton-Ryker Regional Manager Ronnie Cook says "The company stays in near contact with Goodwill Career Counselors." Cook calls the partnership with Goodwill an important asset for Hamilton-Ryker's offices in Union City, Martin, Milan, McKenzie, Paris, Covington and Jackson.

Calling All CooksThe Union City J'Cettes are putting together a new cookbook and are asking all current and former J'Cettes members to submit recipes. Discussing plans for the project are current J'Cettes (from left, from row) Stacey Haynes, Katie Keathley, Stephanie Virgin, (back) Lindsay Frilling and Keisha Hooper, who perused a cookbook published by the organization in the past. The 2016 cookbook will be entitled "Hey There Good Cookin'" and will include a taste of history about the Union City J'Cettes, as well as recipes in the categories of appetizers and beverages, soups and salads, main dishes, bread and rolls, and desserts. Current and past members of the organization are asked to submit recipes by December 18th by emailing them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Ms. Keathley said the group hopes to have the cookbook ready for purchase by early spring. For more information, call her at 885-0211.

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November 2015 Retail Update - The Retail Coach