Bailey and Williams receive Legislator of the Year awards

By | March 18, 2017 6:35 am

Last Updated: March 18, 2017 at 6:41 am

L-R: Megan Choate, UCDD Lending & Economic Development Director; Donnie Dennis, Mayor of Carthage; Dale Raegan, Clay County Executive; Senator Paul Bailey; Steve Jones, Macon County Executive; Denny Wayne Robinson, White County Executive; Ben Danner, Overton County Executive, Mark Farley, UCDD Executive Director; and Tommy Lee, UCDD Economic & Community Development Director.

Senator Paul Bailey and Representative Ryan Williams have received “Legislator of the Year” Awards from the Tennessee Development District Association. The awards were made by the Upper Cumberland Development District and several Upper Cumberland mayors on Tuesday, March 7, 2017 during TDDA’s Day on the Hill.

The TDDA is an association of Tennessee’s nine development districts, which are regional planning and economic development organizations. These policy boards within each District are made up of the state’s 95 counties and 340 municipalities. Development districts assist with regional issues including planning and economic development coordination, transportation, solid waste, loans and grants for critical infrastructure such as water and sewer systems, housing, tourism, economic development loans, environmental quality and natural resources planning, workforce development and services to the elderly.

“The awards are given based on nominations from each of the nine development districts to those legislators who have shown leadership and put forth considerable effort on behalf of their cities and counties,” said Mark Farley, Executive Director of Upper Cumberland Development District. “Both Senator Bailey and Representative Williams understand the needs of our rural region and continue to advocate, sponsor and support needed changes in economic development to bring success to the people and businesses of the Upper Cumberland.”

“We appreciate the support Senator Bailey and Representative Williams have given our local governments in the legislature,” said Richard Driver, TDDA President and City of Lafayette Mayor.

The Upper Cumberland Development District provides regional planning and assistance to the 14-county Upper Cumberland region to promote economic growth and community enhancement. Find UCDD on the web at www.ucdd.org and at facebook.com/UCDDconnect.

L-R: Sarah Cunningham, UCDD Legislative & Communications Coordinator; Tommy Lee, UCDD Economic & Community Development Director; Donnie Dennis, Mayor of Carthage; Dale Raegan, Clay County Executive; Ben Danner, Overton County Executive; Representative Ryan Williams; Steve Jones, Macon County Executive; Denny Wayne Robinson, White County Executive; Mark Farley, UCDD Executive Director; and Megan Choate, UCDD Lending & Economic Development Director.

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