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Wilson receives Governor's ThreeStar Award

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Gov. Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development recently presented ThreeStar awards at the 2016 Governor's Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville, where Wilson County garnered an award.

The Joint Economic & Community Development Board (JECDB) of Wilson County is responsible for the coordination and submission of the ThreeStar application. The program provides a strong strategic partnership which allows for collaboration between Wilson County and each of its municipalities - Lebanon, Mt. Juliet and Watertown, along with state economic partners.

The ThreeStar program is a vital component to Tennessee's overall level of success, providing counties with a framework for continued economic and community strength. Annual participation in the ThreeStar program helps communities develop a strategy and a plan to address Haslam's five priorities for public policy that include: jobs and economic development; fiscal strength and efficient government; public safety; health and welfare; and education and workforce development.

The program encourages local community leaders representing the five program areas, the JECDB and other key community stakeholders to implement activities that will impact quality of life issues and, therefore, their global competitiveness.

Benefits of certification include a four-percent discount on the required match rate for select state and federal grants. Participation in certain state programs, such as the TN Downtown Revitalization Program, Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program and the Tourism Enhancement Grant Program require that the county is ThreeStar-certified. Additionally, certified counties designated as Tier 2 and Tier 3 are eligible for an annual grant to serve as seed money for activities focused on improving at least one of the measured areas of the program.

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