Bradley County receives state Three Star Award

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Posted 11/7/16

Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development presented Three Star awards at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in …

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Bradley County receives state Three Star Award

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Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development presented Three Star awards at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville in October.

Bradley County has earned this recognition more than 18 times.

The words “performance, accountability and efficiency” are written on the plaque, but the significance of this continued achievement extends way beyond words on a plaque.

The teamwork and strategic community partnerships that have been formed by working together this past year, truly are priceless.

The continued working environment and ability to achieve the goals set before us each and every year are evidence that Bradley County and Tennessee truly are special places to live, work and play.

Receiving the award on behalf of Bradley County was Dr. Lindsay L. Hathcock Jr., executive assistant to D. Gary Davis, Bradley County Mayor.

The Three Star program is a vital component to Tennessee’s overall level of success, providing counties with a framework for continued economic and community strength.

Annual participation in the Three Star program helps communities develop a strategy and a plan to address Governor Haslam’s five priorities for public policy that include: jobs and economic development; fiscal strength and efficient government; public safety; health and welfare; and education and workforce development.

The program encourages local community leaders, representing the five program areas, the Joint Economic and Community Development Board, and other key community stakeholders to implement activities that will impact the quality of life issues and therefore, their global competitiveness.

Benefits of certification include a four percent discount on the required match rate for select state and federal grants.

Participation in certain state programs, such as the Tennessee Downtown Revitalization Program, Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program, and the Tourism Enhancement Grant Program require the county be Three Star certified.

Additionally, certified counties designated as Tier 2 and Tier 3 are eligible for an annual grant to serve as seed money for activities focused on improving at least one of the measured areas of the program.

To learn more about the Three Star program, visit TN.gov/ECD/ThreeStar.

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