NBJ Names TVA Economic Development to its ‘Best Places to Work’ List


We are happy to announce that TVA’s Economic Development headquarters in Nashville has been recognized as one of the “best place to work” in the category for 26 to 100 employees by the Nashville Business Journal (NBJ). Company winners received the award and celebrated at a business luncheon held in Nashville on April 16, 2014.

Employees of nominated companies completed a confidential online survey conducted by Quantum Workplace. The employee survey measures 10 key engagement categories, including team effectiveness, trust in leaders and manager effectiveness. Responses from each question of each completed survey are compiled and evaluated with the primary results revealing “the voice of employees.”

For us, our office culture is integrated into TVA’s mission of service, which began in 1933 and has continued for more than 80 years. “We’ve created an environment focused on safety, collaboration, accountability, employee development and celebrating success,” explained TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley. “Our whole team is dedicated to advancing TVA’s mission of improving the quality of life for the people we serve in the region.” (more…)

Announcing a New Professional Learning Lab Webinar Series: Email Marketing Workshop

TVA_ED_TVW_TypeTVA has an affiliation with the Professional Learning Laboratory, a network of professional economic development trainers and their guests, who offer webinars on topics specifically designed for the economic development practitioner, their staff, and supporters. The webinars are offered at a discount for individuals or groups through the TVA registration link below.

Webinar:  Email Marketing Workshop

Presented by:  Timothy Haines, TechBridge

Hosted by: Jami Gibson, Whittaker Associates, Inc.

Date:  Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time:  1:00 P.M. Central; 2:00 P.M. Eastern

Run Time: 90 minutes (60 minutes for presentation and 30 minutes of Q&A) (more…)

Are You Ready to Recruit New Retailers to Your Community?

online-retailers-shopping-bags.jpg. Digital Image. Google Images.Guest post by: Laura Hudson, Retail Recruiter Coordinator, Retail Strategies, LLC



Retail does play an integral part in economic development. Not only does it increase sales tax revenues, but it also creates jobs, and increases residents’ quality of life. Recruiting new retailers to a community sounds pretty easy, but can prove to be quite tedious and time-consuming. So how do you get your foot in the door with a retailer?

Identifying the appropriate person to present your sites can be a challenge in and of itself. While some retailers have in-house real estate personnel, a majority of them hire brokers. Sometimes this information can be found on their website, and sometimes you have to make calls to get hold of the decision-maker for your geographical area. (more…)

What is Your Next?

Screen Shot 2014-03-18 at 3.34.50 PMMany of us have been asked, “What is your next BIG thing?” Sometimes the word “BIG” seems overwhelming and instantly stumps us. Perhaps it would be better to simplify the question to, “What is your Next?” Just anticipating and tackling next steps can be an important method for getting BIG things done.

TVA’s land and building database, TVAsites.com, initially had buildings and sites listed with minimum demographic reports and mapping available for the visitor. As it has progressed over time, the next steps have been taken to enhance the system – more information has been added such as demographic, workforce, and various other types of data that a visitor might need, as well as load calculators and input forms and other business reports. By looking at what might be needed “next,” the result has been valuable upgrades to the system.

Many local communities in the Valley have decided to utilize TVA’s offering of the Local InSite (a modified version of TVAsites.com) tool as the next step, used to customize the database content to display information specifically filtered for their community on their economic development website.

The Local InSite creates the capability to search for specific buildings/sites using criteria chosen on the initial search tool – ranging from the amount of square footage/acreage, to rail service, to ceiling height, etc. It also gives the user the capability to run many different online reports, including workforce and wages by county reports, which utilize the ESRI and EMSI international research sources.

The user may also search for companies by target industry utilizing the NAICS code look-up. Map overlays highlight higher education and other infrastructure. On the site the owner/administrator will be able to list any and all properties in his local area, including retail listings, and will be able to run customized reports using a variety of defined filters to target specific properties.

There are currently 34 Local InSite tool owners in the TVA region. Is your community also ready to take your land and building database customization to the next level? Through TVA’s offering, this can be a low-cost, effective tool to optimize your local searches and give you a competitive advantage in the location evaluation process.

If you would like to learn more about the cost and benefits of the Local InSite tool, please contact TVA Economic Development’s TVAsites.com specialist, Dianne Nuñez, at dhnunez@tva.com or 615.232.6012.

Nashville Students Succeed in Business with Lessons from TVA

First Place Team McBeanie  Co  of McGavock High School pictured with teacher Melinda Brown (L) and TVA volunteer Jerome Terrell (R) (2)

Courtesy of: Junior Achievement Nashville
From left to right: teacher Melinda Brown, students and company officers Bailey Oldham, Abigail McLain, Klara Zenelaku, Jose Mendoza, and Justus Brown, business mentor and volunteer from TVA Jerome Terrell

For the second consecutive year, TVA Economic Development and business students from Metro Nashville high schools partnered to create an outstanding learning experience provided by Junior Achievement (JA) of Middle Tennessee. TVA’s Jerome Terrell, Haley Rogers, Spencer Sessions and other TVA staff volunteered over a 14-week period to support the students in building their own business from start to finish. Through the process, the students elected officers, chose a product and a name, sold stock and product, and liquidated by returning the stockholders’ original investment.

This year, TVA helped with two student-run companies, McBeanie and Company at McGavock High School and AHS Ink at Antioch High School. After acquiring shareholders for their ventures, both companies selected and sold popular products: school beanies and class T-shirts respectively. In the end, both companies liquidated their assets and were able to make a profit. McBeanie and Company elected to donate their $200 profit to the Nashville Rescue Mission.  (more…)

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