Cleveland Utilities, Bradley County, the City of Cleveland, and the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Board were among several organizations honored Friday during the …
Cleveland Utilities, Bradley County, the City of Cleveland, and the Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce and Industrial Development Board were among several organizations honored Friday during the Southeast Tennessee Human Resource Agency and Southeast Tennessee Development District/Chattanooga Area Regional Council of Government’s 2018 annual meeting.
The meeting was held at Embassy Suites in Chattanooga.
The two organizations were honored with the Industrial Site Development Impact Award for their work in establishing Spring Branch Industrial Park in Bradley County.
In addition, the Cleveland Daily Banner was awarded SETAAAD Partner of the Year for its support and coverage of MyRide Tennessee Southeast.
The Cleveland-Bradley County Chamber of Commerce was also awarded SETAAAD Partner of the Year.
Bradley County Mayor Gary Davis, who also serves as STDD chairman, said the organizations were founded 50 years ago to “encourage inter-local cooperation for the purpose of comprehensive planning and economic benefit.”
He listed the organization’s contributions to projects such as the completion of Interstate 24 and Interstate 75, the Tennessee River bridges at Highway 30 and 60, regional skills centers, rural emergency rooms, the Moccasin Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant, the formation of the Hiwassee Utility Commission, the redevelopment of the Volunteer Army Ammunitions Plant and the 1996 Olympic Whitewater Event on the Ocoee River.
The organization serves Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhe ,and Sequatchie counties, as well as Catoosa, Date, Walker counties in Georgia.
Former Marion County Mayor Howell Moss said the organization “feels like a family.”
“That does not happen in politics now,” Moss said.
Moss said the organization worked together to bring businesses to the region, sometimes sharing information that would not necessarily benefit their own counties.
“Everyone stuck together,” Moss said. “It was a matter of where we wanted to go as a group.”
Other honorees included:
• Economic Development Impact Award
Nokian Tyre Project, Rhea County, City of Dayton and Rhea County ETC
• Downtown Redevelopment Impact Award
McMinn County Courthouse Annex & Food City, McMinn County, City of Athens and McMinn County EDA
• Educational Development Impact Award
Marion County Regional Institute for Higher Education (Advanced Manufacturing & Technology Training Facility) Marion County & the town of Kimball.
• Workforce Development Impact Award
Correctional Career Pathways Initiative, Grundy County Sheriff’s Office
• Community Development Planning Impact Award
Lookout Creek Reservoir Development, Dade County
• Arts Impact Award
Decatur Downtown Stage, Town of Decatur
• Community Redevelopment
Conversion of Elementary School into Municipal Complex, City of Pikeville
• Tourism Impact Award
The Caverns featuring Bluegrass Underground, Grundy County
• SETAAAD Partner of the Year Award
Support and coverage of MyRide TN Southeast, The Cleveland Daily Banner
• SETAAAD Partner of the Year
Cleveland-Bradley Chamber of Commerce
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