Local Planning Offices Eliminated

Gov. Bill Haslam of Tennessee has slashed 58 jobs from the Department of Economic and Community Development -- including the entire local planning assistance division.
June 8, 2011, 5am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Duane Marsteller explains that the cuts reflect the move away from standard economic development tactics like recruiting out-of-state companies and into fostering the growth of local, existing businesses:

"The division's pending demise comes as Haywood County, for instance, is depending upon state planners for guidance in revising its growth plans and urban growth boundaries for the cities of Brownsville and Stanton, County Mayor A. Franklin Smith said."

Thanks to Micah Wood

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Published on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 in Tennessean
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