Van Buren County receives governor’s ThreeStar Award
by Bobby Lee McCulley | October 12, 2017 8:10 am
Van Buren County recently received the ThreeStar Award from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.
The ThreeStar program is designed to focus on several critical areas, which help to ensure the success of Tennessee communities. Some of those areas include job and economic development, fiscal strength and efficient government, public safety, education and workforce development, and community health and welfare.
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. Participation in the ThreeStar program helps communities develop a strategy and a plan to address Gov. Bill Haslam’s community economic development goals.
Participation in the ThreeStar program is based on an annual evaluation and activity plan. 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 that meet the state’s ThreeStar status are eligible for a 4 percent discount on eligible business development and community development grant-funded projects. Each year, counties that fulfill the requirements of the ThreeStar program are recognized and awarded by the state.
Van Buren County, which is an active participant in the ThreeStar program, is eligible to participate in other select Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s rural and community development programs.