Tennessee Town & City

Weighing the costs: Making smart choices with business incentives

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

While incentives have become a major piece of the puzzle of economic development, sometimes incentive packages can do more harm than good when it comes to bringing business to the community.

Municipalities across Tennessee are looking for better ways to balance the pluses and pitfalls of tax incentives by making sure they get the biggest bang for their buck out of programs like tax-increment financing (TIFs) and payment-in-lieu-of-taxes (PILOT).

I-24 to pilot state’s Smart Corridor Program

BY KATE COIL

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has begun part of a 12-year process to transform a 30-mile section of Interstate 24 between Nashville and Murfreesboro into the state’s first Smart Corridor.

Smart Corridors are segments of major roadways that feature specialized signage to alert motorists to motorists to upcoming accidents, weather events, and other obstacles. The major goal of Smart Corridors is to alleviate traffic congestion by offering motorists better information on upcoming road issues.

Baby Boomers looking to retire in livable, age-friendly communities

BY KATE COIL
TML Communications Specialist

With the last of the Baby Boomer generation reaching retirement age in the next 12 years, municipalities across the country are working to make sure they can meet the needs of their aging populations.

Five cities hold June elections

Five Tennessee municipalities held local elections during the month of June.
Brownsville, Livingston, Maynardville, Plainview, and Parsons all held municipal elections in June. Livingston and Maynardville also voted on referendums.
A total of 64 municipalities will hold elections coinciding with the Aug. 2 mid-term primaries while nearly another 200 cities and towns plan to host elections coinciding with the Nov. 6 mid-term elections.

Knoxville brings new ideas, technology to renovated Fleet Services campus

BY KATE COIL

While its campus continues to expand, the consolidation of Knoxville’s Fleet Services Department and traffic engineering staff at its facility on Lorraine Street has repurposed an old facility to meet the new needs faced by public works employees.

Franklin’s Ken Moore named Mayor of the Year by TN Municipal League

Franklin Mayor Ken Moore was named the 2018 Mayor of the Year by the Tennessee Municipal League at their 79th Annual Conference in Knoxville.
Each year since 1954, the Tennessee Municipal League has honored a city mayor that typifies the attributes of intelligence, effectiveness, hard work, dedication, and sacrifice. To honor his service to his community both as an elected leader and medical professional, TML is proud to announce Franklin Mayor Ken Moore has been selected as the 2018 Mayor of the Year.

Dyersburg’s Bob Kirk, Columbia’s Christa Martin honored with new annual award

The Tennessee Municipal League honored long-time Dyersburg Alderman Bob Kirk and Columbia Vice Mayor Christa Martin at their 79th Annual Conference in Knoxville for their dedicated years of public service.

Collegedale’s Ted Rogers honored with TCMA award

Founded in 1916 as the new site of what would become Southern Adventist University, Collegedale officially incorporated in 1968 and has since grown to a population of more than 11,000 today – far from the 175 students who originally lived in the area.

More than just a college town, Collegedale has grown to be a center of arts, culture, industry, and transportation, and its success and rapid growth would not have been possible without the 12 years of dedicated service given to the community by Collegedale City Manager Ted Rogers.

Collegedale’s Ted Rogers honored with TCMA award

Founded in 1916 as the new site of what would become Southern Adventist University, Collegedale officially incorporated in 1968 and has since grown to a population of more than 11,000 today – far from the 175 students who originally lived in the area.

More than just a college town, Collegedale has grown to be a center of arts, culture, industry, and transportation, and its success and rapid growth would not have been possible without the 12 years of dedicated service given to the community by Collegedale City Manager Ted Rogers.

Franklin receives 2018 TCMA Award for Municipal Excellence

As a community steeped both in history and a city with one of the fastest growing economies in the nation, leaders with the city of Franklin have worked to preserve the community’s unique identity while still making it a welcome place for businesses to operate and residents to raise their families.

The efforts of Franklin officials to direct the city’s long-term growth in a way that is not only manageable but maintains its quality-of-life is why the Tennessee City Management Association (TCMA) recognized Franklin with its 2018 Award for Municipal Excellence.

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