This month we launched Healthier Tennessee Communities, an effort to bring local leaders and organizations together in a coordinated way to improve the health of our citizens and overall quality of life in our state.
With Halloween come and gone, we have also passed the deadline for high school seniors to apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship. More than 8,500 mentors and 53,000 of Tennessee’s 71,000 seniors signed up.
Earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell and I convened key stakeholders in K-12 education from across the state for Tennessee’s Education Summit: Progress of the Past, Present and Future.
Last month, Volkswagen Group of America announced it will expand its sole U.S. manufacturing facility in Chattanooga, adding a manufacturing line and creating the company’s National Research & Development and Planning Center right here in Tennessee.
We are incredibly fortunate to live in a state in which companies worldwide are clamoring to establish a presence. Many attribute it to our pro-business culture, well-prepared workforce, low tax environment, right-to-work policies and engaged citizenry.
On Wednesday morning, I visited Fayetteville in Lincoln County, where we lost two Tennesseans as a result of Monday’s tornadoes. Crissy’s and my deepest sympathies and prayers go out to all affected by these devastating storms.