IDB talks about plans for the new year

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

By Ivory Riner

Staff Writer

The Industrial Development Board met on Monday in the Historic Ladies' Restroom on the square. The meeting was led by Vice Chairman Lee Morrison who filled in for Chairman Eddie Wiles.

City Manager Randall Dunn introduced the first resolution, which was later passed by the board. In the summer, $10,000 was budgeted to plant trees along the bypass close to the Lewisburg Gas Department. Of the grant, $7,525 was used to buy 96 trees, white fencing that will go along beside the trees, and landscaping around the new I-65 Commerce Park on Mooresville Highway. With the $2,475 left over, the board agreed on planting additional trees along the back side of the gas department facing Rock Creek Park.

Dunn also spoke about the grant to add a new parking lot at Rock Creek Park. The new lot will be located behind the Farmers Market and will be pervious, meaning it will allow the movement of stormwater through the surface. This will ensure that new Stormwater Management regulations are met. The old lot at the base of the hill beside the Farmers Market will be part of the amphitheater.

Greg Lowe talked about the unemployment rate slowly declining and the new Labor Education Alignment Program grant that will fund new equipment for the Spot Lowe Technology Center, along with providing students the opportunity to graduate with a certification.

Mike Wiles talked about the TNPromise deadlines. Tonight at 5:30 p.m. is the first mentor meeting. He also brought up his and Mayor Joe Boyd Liggett's actions in a new program that will train students for the workforce. The students who don't plan to pursue post-secondary education and who do not meet the TNPromise deadlines will be chosen from the three high schools here in Marshall County to be put through the program. First, the students will take four tests which will test their career readiness and then they will learn resume building and interview skills. The students will go to the industry of their choice and a supervisor in the department best fit for them will teach them key things they need to know upon entering the workforce.

"Running them through the process may help them get a vision of what they want to do with their life," said Wiles.

The meeting was ended by Lowe speaking about an upcoming site evaluation pilot program which will choose among eight businesses in Marshall County and state which ones are worth investing in.