Three Star certiciation conferred upon county

Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Photo submitted At the ceremony establishing Marshall County as meeting requirements to be designated a Three Star Community are, from left, Commissioner Matt Kisber, state Sen. Bill Ketron, Edmund Roberts, chairman of the county's Joint Economic and Community Development Board, Gov. Phil Bredesen, JECDB Director Jamie Stitt, Economic Development Director Terry Wallace, Chamber of Commerce President Greg Lowe and ECD Assistant Commissioner Rick Meredith.

From Staff Reports

Marshall County has achieved certification under the state's Three-Star program, according to Matt Kisber, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Tennessee's Three-Star program exists to help communities preserve jobs, create new employment opportunities, improve family income and develop a strong leadership base for economic development.

The county, Chapel Hill, Cornersville, Lewisburg and Petersburg are now eligible to receive incentives under the guidelines of the Tennessee Three-Star program, Kisber said.

To be certified, communities must meet criteria in organizational, community, business, education and work force development categories. Incentives for receiving the certification include identification on all FastTrack infrastructure and job training applications; eligibility for matching grants, if criteria set by ECD are met; and the advantage of earning points in the Community Development Block Grant program.

"This community has responded well to the challenges presented by the Three-Star program, which asks communities to examine themselves, set goals and take the necessary steps to fill the gap between the two," Kisber said. "By participating in the program and addressing education, leadership, infrastructure and other economic concerns, Marshall County is preparing for economic opportunities and success."