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OC Chamber of Commerce Awarded $10,000 USDA grantMembers of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce and their guests gathered at the chamber office recently to celebrate receiving a $10,000 Rural Business Development Grant. Displaying a replica of the check were (center, from left) Lindsay Frilling, Obion County Joint Economic Development Council executive director; Katie Keathley, Obion County Chamber of Commerce membership director; and Joel Howard, USDA Rural Development area director.

Lindsay FrillingAtlanta, GA (January 1, 2016) - The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC), the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America, is pleased to announce Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Corporation in Union City, Tennessee, as the state director of Tennessee on the SEDC Board of Directors. The state director will serve a two-year term on SEDC's board. Ms. Frilling will take the seat on January 1, 2016. Frilling is a dedicated long-time SEDC member for almost 5 years. She was chosen for this position by her peers within her state of Tennessee.

West Star The WestStar Class of 2016 recently visited Obion County. The class toured Tyson Foods, heard from elected officials, as well as a presentation on I-69 from the Commissioner of TDOT, the Port of Cates Landing and Discovery Park.

Obion County and TN ECD Officials Visit Tyson Foods Headquarter OfficeAward Nomination Qualifications

Sponsorships Available:
Platinum: $1,000 (Seating for 10)
Gold: $500 (Seating for 5)
Bronze: $250 (Seating for 3)

NASHVILLE-Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced today the creation of a Rural Development Task Force that will bring resources together from a wide range of organizations to advance rural communities and economic development throughout Tennessee.

Tourism Revenues in Obion County Up 5.3%

NASHVILLE, Tenn.- Governor Bill Haslam and Commissioner Kevin Triplett, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, today announced during a special event at the Ryman Auditorium that tourism's direct domestic and international travel expenditures reached $17.7 billion in 2014, up 6.3 percent, and an all-time high for the state. Tourism-generated jobs for Tennesseans reached 152,900, an increase of 2.8 percent. State and local sales tax revenue for the industry topped $1.5 billion, up 7 percent over 2013, and the ninth consecutive year tourism topped $1 billion, according to the latest statistics from the 2014 Economic Impact of Travel on Tennessee as reported by U.S. Travel Association.

Obion County and TN ECD Officials Visit Tyson Foods Headquarter OfficeObion County and TN ECD officials recently visited Tyson Foods corporate headquarters in the Springdale, Arkansas. After meeting with company officials, the group toured the headquarter facility. Tyson Foods has a McDonalds facility in Union City, employing approximately 1,100 team members from Northwest Tennessee and Southwest Kentucky. Pictured left to right: Lindsay Frilling, CEO Obion County Joint Economic Development Council; Bedford Dunavant, Chairman Union City IDB; Janna Hellums, Business Consultant TN ECD; Art Sparks, Chairman Obion County Joint Economic Development Council.

Fincher Visits Tyson FoodsTyson Foods Complex Manager Keith (far right) gave Congressman Fincher (second from right) and his field staff a tour of the Obion County facility on August 24th.

mayor rountable meetingThank you to the city of Kenton for hosting this quarter's Mayor's Rountable! Also, to State Representative Bill Sanderson and White Squirrel Winery for providing us with our meal and venue!

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