NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 8, 2015 – Senator Mark Norris has received the “Legislator of the Year” Award from the Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA). The awards were made on April 2, 2014 at the TDDA Legislative Awards Breakfast in Nashville.
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, work force development and services to the elderly.
“The awards are given on the basis of 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 Northwest Tennessee Development Director John Bucy.
“We appreciate the support Senator Norris has given our local governments by supporting the efforts of development districts and local governments in the legislature,” said Brent Greer, TDDA President and Henry County Mayor.”
Norris authored last year’s LEAP legislation, the Labor Education Alignment Program, through which Northwest Tennessee was awarded a grant in the amount of $850,000. Norris said the grant enables collaborative efforts by business, government and institutions of higher learning to facilitate job training and relevant education, while giving state and local economic development leaders a boost as they recruit new industry.
“I appreciate this recognition, but I appreciate the work our Development Districts do even more. Development Districts are playing an important part in economic and workforce development. The Northwest Tennessee Development District is indispensable in our effort,” said Norris.