Category Archives: rural economic development

Small Business Saturday – Better than Black Friday and Cooler than Cyber Monday (Nov. 25th)

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas Shopping Season.  Black Friday can be crazy, so be sure to put Small Business Saturday on your shopping calendar. This year, Small Business Saturday is on November 25th.  You may just find … Continue reading

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Dove hunting season or shooting for tourism growth

Looking at the analytics and the number of recent hits related to dove season on this blog this morning, I am reminded how diverse rural tourism can be and how difficult it is for a community’s tourism marketing to be … Continue reading

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Why Invest in Economic Development

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) has published a resource, Why Invest in Economic Development, for members, elected officials and others interested in supporting economic development in their communities. The federal government has always played a key supporting role in … Continue reading

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Tennessee Rural Economic Development Conference

We are looking forward to participating in the 22nd annual Tennessee Rural Development Conference to be held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on Wednesday and Thursday of this week (March 22-23, 2017.)  The theme is “Rural Renaissance.” Hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority … Continue reading

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A post with economic development tied to a haiku, it’s true!

From 642 Tiny Things to Write About**: Write a haiku about your favorite food. Baloney sandwich with Coke from a country store Spring day memories Country stores, especially those where you can get a bologna sandwich (sliced while you wait in … Continue reading

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Right turn on LOCAL CITIZENS WHO SUPPORT ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT STREET

I started this blog on August 7, 2007, nearly ten years ago, and after over 1,100 posts, I still find it a challenge to frequently write posts that meet my standards – that I enjoy writing the blog post and … Continue reading

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Economic Development Training for Local Leaders

No, Cheatham County is not part of the area served by the Delta Regional Authority, but several counties in southwest Tennessee are.  The following information may be of interest as workshops will be held in all 8 states in the DRA … Continue reading

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2017 Tennessee Rural Development Conference

The 22nd annual Tennessee Rural Development Conference will be held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on March 22nd and 23rd.  The theme is “Rural Renaissance.” Hosted by Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), USDA Rural Development (USDA RD), and Tennessee Department of Economic and … Continue reading

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No one goes downtown anymore, it’s too crowded

As we near the last couple of shopping days before Christmas, this verse of the song of the season Silver Bells came to mind: City sidewalks, busy sidewalks Dressed in holiday style In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas Children … Continue reading

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2016 Tennessee Rural Development Conference

The 21st annual Tennessee Rural Development Conference will be held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on March 29th and 30th.  The theme is “Rural Communities: Preparing for a Sustainable Future.” Check out the great lineup of speakers and I hope to see … Continue reading

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Happy National Rural Health Day!

Today is the 5th annual National Rural Health Day, which is “an opportunity to ‘Celebrate the Power of Rural’ by honoring the selfless, community-minded, ‘can do’ spirit that prevails in rural America, but it also gives us a chance to bring … Continue reading

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NACo Cheatham County Prosperity Summit was a success!

Our first try at the Cheatham County Prosperity Summit was in February and the icy weather forced us to reschedule until May 28th.  Storms, rain and a power outage the afternoon before did not deter us from our mission and … Continue reading

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NACo Cheatham County Prosperity Summit rescheduled for May 28th

The weather on our first try turned out to be frightful with ice covered roads that necessitated postponing the Cheatham County Prosperity Summit.  After what seemed to be a Herculean task of finding a date that worked, we found May … Continue reading

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2015 Tennessee USDA Rural Development Conference

The annual USDA Rural Development Conference will be held in Murfreesboro, Tennessee on April 29th and 30th.  Check out the great lineup of speakers and I am sure that I will see you there.

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Works better than wishing?

I just read a useful article titled “Community-Based Rural Redevelopment through Simple, Local Actions: Been Down so Long it Looks Like Up to Me,” by Joanne Steele in the  Fall 2011 edition of Bridges, a publication of the Federal Reserve Bank of … Continue reading

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My apologies and sympathies to my former local big bookstore that put my local independent bookstore out of business

“E-Books Outsell Print Books at Amazon” in the New York Times reports that e-books for the Kindle account for more book sales than paper books. I have to admit, I love the Kindle. In the Nashville area, two Borders and … Continue reading

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Jobs4TN Sounds GR8!!

Governor Haslam and Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development Commissioner Hagerty announce the Jobs4TN Plan and the results of the first departmental Top-To-Bottom Review. For more information, check out the press release.

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Howdy from Hickman

One thing we should think about in rural economic development is how welcoming we are as a community. We want to attract business, but how sincere is our “Howdy, y’all come in!”? Unfortunately, there are many people communicating that (politicians, … Continue reading

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The Kids are Alright, but will they be rural residents or city slickers?

USDA Rural Development has been an important tool used in Hickman County and other rural areas’ economic and community development. Daily Yonder’s post, “Define Rural before You Budget for It“, discusses how funding cuts and changing of the definition of … Continue reading

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Tennessee Dept. of Economic & Community Development to be more effective and efficient

“Bill Hagerty to review Economic and Community Develop Commission” – Tennessean.com Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty says he’s reviewing the agency’s organizational structure. In recent speeches, he said it will be a “top-to-bottom” evaluation over the next 45 … Continue reading

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Rural towns have buildings with many stories and they’re interesting, too.

Not only does this post “Everybody’s got a story” on ReImagine Rural have a good story helpful to active rural areas like Hickman County, Tennessee, but it also mentions Switch: How to Change Things when Change is Hard, one of … Continue reading

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It’s a Wonderful Life created by Economic Development

Watching the movie, It’s a Wonderful Life is a holiday tradition for a lot of us. Last year, we watched in on the big silver screen for the first time at the vintage Belcourt Theatre in Nashville. I heard a … Continue reading

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