| Mar 11, 2014
This morning, the Chamber hosted our annual Governor's Address with Gov. Bill Haslam. Since many of Haslam's priorities as governor -- such as economic development and education -- mirror the Chamber's priorities, the governor's presentation is a good opportunity for our members to hear how our state is making progress.
Managing a $31.5 billion budget, the Haslam administration is working to preserve Tennessee's fiscal integrity, and over the past three years, has doubled the state's rainy-day fund. Tennessee also has the lowest debt per capita of any state.
Economic development is one of the governor's highest priorities. In January, Business Facilities
magazine named Tennessee the 2013 “State of the Year”
after evaluating the top five projects for the number of jobs created and amount of capital invested from October 1, 2012 through October 31, 2013. Tennessee’s top five economic development projects created a total of 6,900 jobs and $3.2 billion in capital investment, and included seven expansions and three new recruitments.
Education is closely related to economic development because well-educated citizens are the backbone of a quality workforce. The governor's Drive to 55
initiative aims to increase the number of Tennesseans with a college degree or certificate to 55 percent ...