As we approach the spring season, it is my hope that you have survived the winter and have been able to avoid the flu, virus or any other crud that might have been floating in the air. At our recent Day on the Hill, I noticed several fist bumping as opposed to shacking hands - and rightfully so. While on the subject, I want to thank those who were able to attend and for those who could not make it, you missed another magnificent event. Combining the efforts of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce and Industry, TCCE, TN ECD and TEDC not only results in one of the largest events during the legislative year, but one of the most effective for the business community. Thanks once again to Suzie, Carolyn and the Chamber staff for all of their hard work. It was great having Gov. Haslam and Nashville Predators CEO Sean Henry as the keynote speakers during lunch. Also, the 6 Gubernatorial candidates spoke to the group after the luncheon and highlighted their platforms and plans if elected governor.
During the 50th Anniversary Fall Conference in Memphis last fall, we honored two recipients with the Legacy Award. One being Jim Rowland and the other was Bill Shuff. Mr. Shuff was unable to attend, and we held off announcing his award until the MTIDA Christmas reception in early December. Bill was totally unaware of the recognition and was rather taken back. We asked Jim Rowland to make the presentation and what a memorable event it was witnessing Mr. Shuff speechless!
Also, at a recent Board of Directors meeting, Mr. Ted Hackney was given the Honorary Lifetime Member designation. Ted has retired after almost 30 years from the Coffee County Industrial Board and has been an active TEDC member for all of those years. Ted was a past TEDC Professional of the Year recipient and is one of the most respected professionals in economic development, not only in Tennessee but in the entire southeastern part of the U.S.
Please take the opportunity to congratulate both Bill Shuff and Ted Hackney on their recognition. They have earned it.
Lastly, the 2018 Spring Conference will be held in Panama City on April 25-27. Susan Maynor is working on finalizing the agenda and we will be sending it out very soon. The spring conference is always well attended, and we encourage each of you to participate once again this year.
- Robert T. (Bob) Bibb