Economy

A $7.5 million state economic development deal with HCA is one of the first such pacts with a provision for recouping taxpayer money if the company falls short of its promise of 1,000 new jobs. The deal with Hospital Corporation of America will cost state taxpayers through so-called Fast Track grants and an undisclosed amount […]

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Gov. Bill Haslam says the state should consider tightening rules for where welfare recipients can use their taxpayer-funded benefits. “One of the questions people always have about benefits is, are they being used in the right way? I think, obviously, that’s part of our responsibility,” Haslam told reporters on Capitol Hill Thursday. A recent report […]

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Statement from the Tennessee Democratic Party; September 20, 2012:  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For the fourth consecutive month, Tennessee’s unemployment rate has increased. Gov. Bill Haslam’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development reported the August unemployment rate at 8.5 percent, nearly a half point higher than the national average. “Tennessee’s working families have a right to […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; Sept. 7, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam will travel to Japan next week with a delegation made up of business leaders and economic development officials from across the state. “Tennessee has had a successful and growing relationship with Japanese companies for nearly three […]

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Press release from the Tennessee House Republican Caucus; August 29, 2012:  NASHVILLE, Tenn.—While the economy may be showing signs of some improvement, a number of Tennesseans are still looking for work. Last week, an event in LaVergne helped to connect a number of them with large companies in the area. The Tennessee Career Center at […]

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Press release from the Office of Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam; August 28, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has concluded a series of seven candid conversations he held across the state with employers and educators to better link post-secondary education to high-quality jobs. “It is our responsibility to produce a quality workforce that meets […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Democratic Party; August 16, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Tennesseans saw the third straight month of higher unemployment numbers when the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development issued figures showing that Tennessee’s unemployment rating rose .3% to 8.4%, eclipsing the national average of 8.3%. “Democratic lawmakers rang the alarm bells about […]

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Press release from the University of Tennessee; August 15, 2012:  KNOXVILLE – Responding to the challenge from national and state leaders to increase and encourage more innovation, the University of Tennessee helped establish nine startup companies based on technology developed by UT faculty over the last fiscal year, more than doubling the total from a […]

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Press release from the Department of Economic & Community Development; August 13, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with Genesee A&B representatives to announce plans to expand its Mt. Juliet facility, located at 8111 Eastgate Boulevard. The expansion represents an investment of $2.1 million and the […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development; August 10, 2012:  Tennessee Becomes 40th State to Allow Benefits for Trailing Spouses NASHVILLE – Tennessee Commissioner of Labor & Workforce Development Karla Davis is announcing changes to unemployment laws that allow a spouse of military personnel facing a military transfer to collect unemployment […]

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Press release from the Tennessee Department of Labor & Workforce Development; August 3, 2012:  NASHVILLE – Jobseekers in middle Tennessee are invited to begin applying at Tennessee Career Centers on Monday, August 6, for jobs at Amazon’s fulfillment centers in Lebanon and Murfreesboro. These new fulfillment centers will fill customer orders for Amazon and the […]

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Newsletter from the Beacon Center of Tennessee; July 31, 2012:  Elvis, liquor, and your tax dollars What do these three things have in common? For one, Tennessee’s welfare program. Our intrepid investigative reporter, Chris Butler, recently dug through nearly 140,000 transactions by Memphis welfare recipients using their cash benefits in the form of Electronic Benefit […]

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