Attracting and retaining jobs
Bill Adams, TVA Economic Development target market specialist for automotive assembly site consultants, says, “My goal is to find the best location for a prospective industry’s needs while saving them time and money and reducing investment risk factors.”
Today’s economic-development world is fast-paced, competitive and global. Through TVAsites.com, a comprehensive GIS-based land and properties database, TVA offers businesses immediate access to information that can help them with expansion and relocation decisions.
|Bill Adams displays TVAsites.com, which helps companies find the best locations.|
TVA target market specialists are focusing recruitment efforts on key industries—automotive, plastics, life sciences, food, and distribution/warehousing—while nurturing businesses growing up in the Valley.
Steve Morrison (above, at control panel) started Uni-Tec Roll Inc. four years ago in the Bessemer (Ala.) Business Incubation System. He has expanded with help from TVA Economic Development loans and now has annual sales of $1 million.
TVA’s Economic Development staff works with our customers, communities and stakeholders to make life better in the Valley. In FY 2005, TVA’s economic-development efforts helped retain or attract some 57,000 Valley jobs. These include 650 jobs at a T-Mobile call center in Chattanooga; 860 at Jewelry Television’s distribution headquarters in Knoxville; 300 at Cullman Casting Corporation, an industrial manufacturing facility being built in Cullman, Alabama; 400 at Baldor, an electric-engine manufacturer in Columbus-Lowndes County, Mississippi; and 250 at a Benson International truck-and-trailer-body plant in Trigg County, Kentucky.