Tennessee is trying to steer more money to smaller video producers. A spokesman for the Department of Economic and Community Development says the downsizing will avoid competing with other states for big-budget movie productions.
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A window and door manufacturer in Hendersonville is betting on a construction comeback. MGM industries will add 75 jobs over the next three years.
A high profile part of the Governor Bill Haslam’s legislative package, and one of the most important to state business interests, has quietly faded away this session. The governor wanted a law to make secret, the information filed by private companies asking for government grants.
The Tennessee state Senate today delayed taking action on a bill that would keep information secret about companies seeking state grants.
Legislation that’s up for what could be a final vote in the General Assembly Thursday would close some records in Tennessee’s agency whose job is bringing jobs to the state. While the Department of Economic and Community Development’s push for privacy has raised some alarm bells, even open government advocates concede some need for confidentiality.
A bill that would make information secret when a company seeks money from the state was cleared by the Commerce Committee in the Tennessee House Tuesday. The bill passed easily with minimal discussion. That’s in striking contrast from what happened in the state Senate Monday night.
Governor Bill Haslam unveiled plans Wednesday to cut more than a third of the staff at the Department of Economic and Community Development.
An auto supplier that makes parts for Nissan and Volkswagen announced today they’ll open a plant in Shelbyville.