PES CEO Richard Kelley conducted the EDC’s full board meeting recently while Director David Hamilton was in Nashville with representatives from a prospective Korean project that could employ 100-300 people.
During the meeting, the board was told that a UT Vision Committee for ways to prepare the area for the Martin Methodist/UT merger is being proposed.
Also, MTSU Wage and Benefits Survey for industrial jobs is being conducted, which includes a statewide collection of wage information from industries that are regionally compared.
According to Kelley, this is a benefit to companies looking to move into the area, to know whether the average wage will be suitable for them.
Giles County EDC Workforce Development Committee Chairman Carolyn Thompson updated the board on a $1.6 million dollar grant the South Central TN Workforce Alliance has received for the 22nd Judicial District.
Thompson said the grant will be used in lower-income areas to invest in programs to better assist prisoners as they re-enter the community. This includes activities and resources to address mental issues.
Donations of books are being gathered to assist in the implementation of a literacy program for those prisoners in need of this activity.
Since Maury County started the program their library has grown to approximately 2,000 books, Thompson said.
Thompson also informed the board that the Endless Opportunities Career Expo has been postponed to October 2021.
The next EDC full board meeting will be Wednesday, January 27th, at noon.