Tag: economic development

Bad Rep or Bum Rap?: Officials Should Stop Shifting Blame to Our Local Workforce

Last week, Mitch Miller, CEO of Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, seemed to be telling WJHL that the reason NN, Inc. has not filled the number of jobs it promised—in exchange for nearly a million dollars in local tax breaks—is that the people here aren’t qualified for the jobs NN, Inc. is offering.[1] In the… Read more »

We Can Do Better than Nashville

Earlier this year, Nashville’s Metro Council took a big step toward ensuring that local development benefited public interest, not just wealthy interests. The recently passed Do Better Bill (Ordinance #BL2017-983) brings a new level transparency and accountability to the practice of awarding publicly funded tax breaks and cash grants to private businesses. What the Do… Read more »