Leave No Town Behind
Tennessee’s economy is better than ever, but too many Tennesseans don’t have access to the job prospects available in our growth areas.
We’ve spent millions recruiting businesses to move here. However, in recent years, homegrown businesses have been taken for granted. I’m going to focus like never before on homegrown Tennessee businesses left out of the incentives offered to out of state businesses. I’ll make it easier for Tennessee businesses to operate and expand into rural counties.
I will make TCATs more accessible to rural communities, and I’ll recruit businesses with this offer – if you create or expand jobs in rural areas, we’ll partner with you to teach the skills you need in the local high school, creating a pipeline of employees for years to come.
I will prioritize the infrastructure needs of rural communities - but I know it’s not a one-size-fits-all problem.
Where the need is broadband, I will support solutions that allow broadband to be installed as soon as possible. It is as important to this generation as rural electrification was to the Greatest Generation. Where the need is roads, bridges, sewer/water projects or planning assistance, I will expedite those projects Day One.