Governor Haslam, Commissioner Hagerty Announce Global Green Lighting to Hire up to 250 for New Chattanooga Lighting Facility
Innovative Wireless Radio Controlled LED Street Lighting Systems to be Assembled in Hamilton County
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty and Don Lepard, president and CEO of Global Green Lighting (GGL), announced the company’s plans to hire as many as 250 people at a newly established lighting assembly facility in Chattanooga. The move is creating jobs for Tennesseans by bringing subcontracted production back from China.
“I want to congratulate GGL on this great announcement and say ‘thank you’ for their investment in Hamilton County and Tennessee,” Gov. Haslam said. “Having a strong technology infrastructure and supporting a culture of innovation will help us continue to attract companies like GGL and reach our goal of becoming the No. 1 state in the Southeast for high quality jobs.”
“GGL is an excellent example of how innovation drives economic development,” Hagerty said. “We are focuse
Haslam Proclaims April 7-13 Tennessee State Natural Areas Week
Short Springs State Natural AreaSpecial Activities Across Tennessee Kick Off April 6
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau announced today that April 7–13 will commemorate Tennessee State Natural Areas Week. The annual celebration will officially kick off on Saturday, April 6, with activities planned throughout the week such as wildflower hikes, canoe trips, guided tours and volunteer efforts.
The Tennessee Natural Areas Preservation Act was passed 42 years ago by the General Assembly and signed by former Gov. Winfield Dunn. Today, that legacy encompasses more than 120,000 acres of land, endangered or unique plants and a variety of animals – all protected for future generations.
“Tennessee State Natural Areas Week is a great time to revisit some of these special places that make our state so unique,” said Martineau. “Ongoing support of these beautiful areas is vital to the state’s conservatio
Haslam Introduces FY 2013-2014 Budget Amendment
Legislation includes new health related investmentsNASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled additions to the FY 2013-2014 budget to be considered by the General Assembly in the coming weeks. The governor presented his original budget for FY 2013-14 on January 28, and the supplemental appropriations amendment to SB 502/HB 507 includes additional funding.
“Our budget proposal is the result of a thorough review of the programs and services state government funds,” Haslam said. “This amendment builds on our priorities and allows us to make key investments in the health of Tennesseans.”
Notable funding priorities in the governor’s budget amendment include:
$5.2 million in additional revenue from the tobacco settlement for a total of $43.1 million to support Healthier Tennessee;
$1.37 million restored for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Peer Support Centers;
$225,700 restored for the Department of Intellectual and Developmental
Haslam Unveils ‘Tennessee Plan’ For Health Care Reform
Leverages federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for Tennesseans without accessNASHVILLE – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today unveiled his plan to pursue real health care reform in the state.
Haslam announced that he will not expand TennCare rolls under the Affordable Care Act but instead is working to leverage the available federal dollars to purchase private health insurance for Tennesseans who would not otherwise have access to coverage.
“Tennessee has shown the nation how to produce true reform in education, based on students’ results and educational outcome. We’re beginning to do the same thing with reforming government service – again by measuring outcome and results rather than just years of service as a state employee,” Haslam said. “I believe Tennessee can also be a model for what true health care reform looks like; reform that will take significant steps to save the state and the nation from the unsustainable path we are on now.”Haslam