40 WINS IN 40 MONTHS
Happy New Year’s Eve! I want to say thank you to the Greene County Partnership’s members for all you do and for your support. We have a wonderful community and are blessed beyond measure. I look forward to working with all of you in the coming years to continue to see this community blossom and grow. I also want to take a moment to thank the Executive Board and full Board of Directors for their leadership and strategic guidance during my tenure at the GCP. These forty wins are but a snapshot of all that the GCP has accomplished. If you have a moment, please reach out to our incredibly capable and dedicated team and say thanks for a job well done, as these wins would have been impossible without them.
- Lori Dowell, Accounting & Member Services
- Tammy Kinser, Director of Tourism
- Joni Parker, General Manager
- Jennifer Wilder, Director of Keep Greene Beautiful/Leadership
- Dana Wilds, Business Development Specialist
Here are forty wins for the forty months that I’ve been privileged to be the President & CEO of the Greene County Partnership.
- Keep Greene Beautiful and The Great American Clean Up have garnered greater visibility because of the new pole banners and car litter bags that have been distributed.
- The Keep Greene Beautiful golf tournament and fundraiser have had increased participation.
- Classes of Leadership Greene County and Youth Leadership, as well as the Youth Council, are strong and growing.
- Twenty recycling bins have been updated and repainted at the convenience centers.
- GCP’s social media presence is more robust than ever with 65% more Facebook likes, the creation of an Instagram page now at 700 followers, and almost 300 Twitter followers.
- The Friday Forward emails inform Partnership members of upcoming events and community news and GCP’s revamped monthly newsletter provides an update of departmental activity.
- The Chamber has implemented a welcome plan for new members, which includes an onsite visit with membership plaque, a photo published on social media outlets, and a personal thank you letter from GCP President.
- GCP generates new member interest through its Partnership Notes in the Greeneville Sun.
- GCP has planned and executed the yearly Iris Festival consistently adding new features. Staff attended Southeast Festival Association’s Winter Conference to learn best practices regarding festival planning and execution. Plans for the 26th annual event are underway with an eye on increased vendor participation and revenue.
- Sundown on Depot continues to generate interest in downtown Greeneville within a unique demographic bringing visitors from across the region.
- The Agribusiness Farm City Banquet is an event that is consistently sold out. Most recently, Jeff Aiken, the Tennessee Farm Bureau Federation President spoke to a packed house.
- GCP’s annual Christmas luncheon continues to be a local favorite with great attendance and community pride.
- In conjunction with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, GCP hosted a self-defense class for women, which quickly sold out. Plans for more sessions in 2020 are underway.
- GCP continues to develop programming for the Lunch & Learn series. In 2019, there were 50+ attendees at the Marketing to Millennials gathering.
- Multiple staff members graduated from the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executive Institute completing 32 hours of executive leadership curriculum.
- Staff attended five matchmaking events hosted by the International Council of Shopping Centers, where they met with site selectors and retail development professionals one-on-one. Staff also participated in TNECD’s Retail Academy to learn how to strengthen commercial development strategies for the community.
- GCP hosted two onsite job expos for the new retail development at Greeneville Commons. Nearly 1,000 jobseekers turned out for the events and the new employers reported very successful outcomes.
- GCP facilitated several stops in Greene County for the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association and multiple appearances in national publications. Recently, the Sammy the Shark campaign has generated fresh attention on social media platforms.
- GCP hosts the annual Festival of Trees, bringing the Christmas spirit to hundreds of visitors. Along with the High Tops to High Heels luncheon and the Antique Appraisal Fair, these events generate much appreciated funds to the tourism programs of work.
- The economic impact of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division III World Series is more than $2M annually. This event receives wide-ranging media coverage giving Greene County national exposure.
- GCP has had three years of financial audits with no findings. Staff is committed to meticulous bookkeeping and transparency at all times.
- June Dairy Days was a big success once again. Dozens of vendors participated and families from across the region enjoyed the dairy products of Greene County and surrounding communities.
- Made In Greene County events introduce high school students to local industry representatives through one-on-one interaction.
- The USDA Workforce Development grant supports workforce and leadership training through the Alliance for Better Nonprofits. Partnering with these entities allows GCP staff to develop goals and objectives that bring new ideas to the community.
- Support from local industry allows the Teacher Supply Depot to provide 75 educators with school supplies twice a year.
- Staff participated in the TVA Valley Workforce Institute, which helps to identify gaps and propose solutions in local workforce development.
- Staff completed the TNTrained program, which is a joint venture with Tennessee Board of Regents and other state agencies to create a statewide approach to job recruitment and retention.
- The annual wage and benefit survey has been completed each year, providing critical data to employers.
- Staff was selected to serve on TNECD’s ThreeStar Advisory Council as the Northeast Tennessee regional contact.
- GCP applied for and received a grant award of a $10K TNECD ThreeStar grant to help Greene County achieve the goal of attaining ACT Work Ready Community designation.
- GCP applied for and received the designation of Valley Sustainable Silver Community from TVA, on behalf of Greene County.
- GCP applied for and received a TNECD Marketing Assistance Grant for video photography and production showcasing Greene County for use in industrial recruitment.
- Staff was selected as a cohort in a program that strengthens social mission organizations and their leaders. Participants choose to work with a coach who facilitates development and execution of a plan to sharpen strengths and address opportunities for improvement. The Consortium for Social Enterprise Effectiveness at the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee is a year-long certificate program.
- Staff traveled abroad with representatives from Northeast Tennessee Valley Regional Industrial Development Association to stimulate foreign direct investment from the European Union and Japan. Met with the U.S. Ambassador to Japan regarding existing and potential partnerships with Greene County industry.
- Staff attended the SelectUSA conference with a statewide delegation promoting foreign direct investment in Tennessee.
- Staff graduated from the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute, which builds community advocates and seeks to promote data driven completion rates for higher education in the state.
- GCP is a vital partner in the expansion of a number of local industries, resulting in the creation of more than 800 jobs and receipt of $2,000,000 in state and federal funds. These expansions include a direct capital investment of over $200,000,000 into the Greene County economy.
- GCP received a TNECD Site Development Grant totaling $500,000 in grant and matching funds to prepare Hardin Park Site #2 for industrial development. Using regional contractors to make the 20+ acre site pad ready, GCP has submitted information on the property to multiple statewide Requests for Information/Proposal.
- GCP received the Select TN Certified Site designation from TNECD after a rigorous two-year evaluation from Austin Consulting, a nationally renowned site selection firm, resulting in statewide media coverage.
- GCP continues to operate under a dynamic strategic plan developed under the leadership of TVA and local community leaders. The plan is on track to be updated in 2020 for the decade ahead.
If there is anything that I can do to help you, please feel free to contact me anytime. Here’s to a great new year – happy 2020!
President & CEO, Greene County Partnership