Gov Now Convinced ECD ‘Conceptual Idea’ is Good

Excerpt from what reporter Richard Locker characterized as Gov. Bill Haslam’s “pep talk” to business and industry leaders at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development Friday:
He said it was a campaign theme to decentralize the state Department of Economic and Community Development by adopting a regional strategy that moved teams of ECD officials into different parts of the state and emphasized each area’s strengths.
“Somewhere in the middle of that campaign, we came up with this idea of, maybe we need to take ECD and decentralize it some and focus on each individual region so we can be a lot more granular in how we help existing businesses and how we reach out and help the folks that are already here in Tennessee to do things,” Haslam said.
“At the time, that kind of was a conceptual idea that made sense and it sounded good when we were campaigning, so we went with it. But now that we’re playing that out, I’m convinced it really is the right approach for Tennessee.”

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