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An Emkes Exit Interview: Overcoming ‘Steep Learning Curve’ for ‘Operational Excellence’

The start of a Knoxville Business Journal article on Mark Emkes, the recently departed state finance commissioner who may exemplify the kind of business-oriented guy Gov. Bill Haslam likes to have in state government:
Insofar as knowledge about operations goes, there was quite a contrast at the outset of Mark Emkes’ last two executive undertakings.
When he became CEO of Bridge- stone Americas Holding Inc. in 2004, Emkes says he had firsthand experience in virtually all aspects at the world’s largest tire manufacturer — from changing tires, his first job in a Texas Firestone store back in 1975, to subsequently managing company dealings in locales from the United Arab Emirates to Brazil. Firestone was acquired by Japan-based Bridgestone in 1988.
“You know everything they know,” Emkes recalls about managing the company’s thousands of employees in North and South America.
That was not the case when Emkes became CFO for the state of Tennessee, a position officially known as commissioner of the Department of Finance and Administration. That is the top position among the 22 commissioners hired by Gov. Bill Haslam.
“When I walked into this job, I didn’t know anything about state government,” Emkes says. “The learning curve is really steep.”

Haslam: Figuring Out Incentives is Complicated

By Eric Schelzig, Associated Press
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee is still trying to come up with a standard approach toward offering incentives for business prospects, Gov. Bill Haslam said Thursday, adding that the task involves complex considerations about how each development deal is structured.
The governor put state development officials to work on a standard approach last March after lawmakers and others began questioning deals struck by Haslam’s predecessor with online retailer Amazon.com and appliance maker Electrolux.
“We’re not going to get out of the incentive business, because it’s too competitive of a world,” Haslam said. “Our job is to make certain that the deal that we do with those companies makes sense short- and long-term.”
Electrolux was promised more than $90 million from the state to help bring a plant to Memphis. And the state agreed to waive a requirement for Amazon to collect sales taxes on items sold through distribution centers being built in Tennessee.

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Recruiting Retirees

News release from Department of Economic and Community Development:
NASHVILLE – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced today Maury, Roane and Warren counties have met the criteria to join Retire Tennessee, the state’s retiree recruitment program, bringing the state’s total number of active Retire Tennessee programs to 13.
“The addition of Maury, Roane and Warren counties to our Retire Tennessee Program reflects a commitment from each community to promote Tennessee as a great place for retirees to call home,” said Commissioner Hagerty. “I applaud those communities that have made retiree recruitment a part of their economic development strategies and who see the benefits retirees can bring to the communities in which they choose to live.”

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