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Jones and Curtis speak to EDC board

Published: 8:12 PM, 02/21/2014 Last updated: 8:10 AM, 02/24/2014

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

NEWPORT—Members of the Newport/Cocke County Economic Development Commission board of directors, meeting Thursday at Jefferson-Cocke County Utility, learned more about TNECD (Tennessee Economic & Community Development) and also about Tennessee’s increasing tourism development and impact on local communities.

Dr. Kendrick Curtis, TNECD Director of Community & Rural Development presented a short program about such programs as ThreeStar, Select Tennessee, Retire Tennessee, and Tennessee Main Street and its affiliated Tennessee Downtowns, and Adventure Tennessee with emphasis on how towns and counties can participate in the efforts.

"We work to provide Tennessee’s rural counties and small towns with the tools and resources needed to attract high quality jobs and foster economic growth," Curtis said.

Also sharing information with the group was Dave Jones, Regional Representative of the Tennessee Department of Tourism.

"We’re very pleased that Gov. Haslam has recommended an additional $6 million for tourism in Tennessee," Jones said, "and we urge you to speak to your legislative representatives and senators to support this."

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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