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

“We enjoy working to make Obion County ThreeStar certified each year. The process creates opportunity for community collaboration, which leads to strong strategic partnerships and shared goals. The greatest benefit is the four percent discount grant match for each of our municipalities securing state and federal grants throughout the year.”, Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Council.

The ThreeStar 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 ThreeStar 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 TN Downtown Revitalization Program, Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program, and the Tourism Enhancement Grant Program require the county is ThreeStar 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.

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