The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce has announced that, for a fifteenth consecutive year, Anderson County has been awarded a Three Star Governor’s Award Certification.
The ThreeStar program is designed to focus on these five areas, identified as critical to ensuring the success of Tennessee communities:
- Jobs & Economic Development
- Fiscal Strength & Efficient Government
- Public Safety
- Education & Workforce Development
- Health & Welfare
Participation in the ThreeStar program is based on an annual evaluation and activity plan. Local community leaders and Joint Economic and Community Development Boards are encouraged to implement activities that will impact the community’s competitiveness in a global economy.
Participating counties (and cities in these counties) will be eligible for a four percent discount (for eligible projects) on both the business development and community development ability-to-pay calculations (CDBG and FastTrack) each year the county fulfills the requirements of the ThreeStar program. Additionally, only cities and counties that are active participants in the ThreeStar program are eligible to participate in other select TNECD Rural and Community Development programs. Finally, there is an annual grant for counties to serve as seed money for activities (not to offset general operating expenses) focused on improving at least one of the five areas of the program.
Each year, TNECD will provide participating counties with a scorecard that documents progress indicators in the five focus areas. These indicators are used to aid the county in evaluating these key areas, the scorecard will document progress toward achieving the community goals set by local community leaders and JECD Boards.
The scorecard and activity plan is designed to assess and reward each county on its unique progress in the three scored areas identified in their ThreeStar Activity Plan. It is not a competitive system; counties compete only with themselves. Each county can address local issues through proven solutions by collaborating with other communities to share best practices and pool resources.
Locally, Chamber Vice President Janet Hawkins and Anderson County Economic Development Association President Tim Thompson spearheaded the effort to receive the designation, as the county has since 2002.
The county was also awarded a $5000 Three Star grant that will be used for a variety of local programs addressing those five core areas crucial to economic development.