Last year, we had 13 communities that completed and were recognized in TVA’s Valley Sustainable Communities program. The program was developed and is administered for TVA by consultant Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA), and recognizes communities that have tied economic development to the promotion of sustainability with Silver, Gold and Platinum designations.
Del Boyette, president/CEO of BSA, said, “The Platinum designation means that the community has made a significant and comprehensive commitment to sustainability and also has thoroughly integrated economic development into its sustainability efforts. The Gold level designation recognizes that a community has taken a leadership role in implementing sustainable practices and has made a commitment to sustainability efforts focused on economic development. The Silver level means that there are community-wide sustainability initiatives in place, with some programs available to support the business community and economic development opportunities.”
In this fiscal year, we anticipate that a dozen new communities will complete the program and receive designations. The economic development focus is to increase the community’s competitiveness when companies are looking to invest in new or expanded locations. (more…)