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VOL. 109 | NO. 27 | Wednesday, November 8, 1995

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lj 10/5 cates Economic board holds inaugural meeting By LAURIE JOHNSON The Daily News A new board that is responsible for developing strategies for improving economic development into the next century is now in place. The newly-formed Tennessee Board for Economic Growth will have its first official meeting today in Nashville, following the governor's annual economic meeting. As part of the governors legislative package, the General Assembly created the 10-member board this year to promote Tennessee's pro-business initiatives and to facilitate growth in the areas of manufacturing, business and agriculture, "Our purpose will be to chart a course for economic growth for the state of Tennessee," said William H. Morris, chairman and chief executive officer of William Morris & Associates and governor-appointed member of the board. "Our mission will be to advise the governor and other appropriate state departments on methods for advancing a larger and more prosperous economic base for all Tennesseans," Morris said. In pursuit of this mission, the board will use public and private partnerships to focus on ensuring a skilled and adaptable work force, enhancing the availability of financial capital, applying new technology, improving the state's physical infrastructure, providing a competitive regulatory climate and fostering an entrepreneurial spirit, he said. "I think it's a great opportunity to hopefully improve the quality of life and the standard of living for Tennesseans, and I look forward to being a part of that," he said. According to Morris, agenda items for the inaugural meeting will include the adoption of by-laws, approval of a mission statement and discussion of the board's operational format and plans for future meetings. "We will meet monthly for the next several months until we develop a program, and within a year, we hope to have a full report ready for Governor Sundquist," he said. William F. Fox, director of the Center for Business and Economic Research at The University of TennesseeKnoxville, also is scheduled to present a proposal on targeted economic development incentives for selected growth industries in Tennessee. The board was proposed as a replacement for the former Industrial and Agricultural Development Commission and approved by both the House and the Senate during the last session of the General Assembly. A fellow Memphian who will be serving with Morris on the governor-appointed board is William A. Dunavant Jr., commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development. Board members from other areas of Tennessee include Joe Hollingsworth, Jr., of Clinton; Eleanor Breeding of Tazewell; Mike Conley of Knoxville; Mike Curb and Leatrice McKissack of Nashville; Don Pennington of Dyersburg; Jim Sharp of Cleveland; Jack Turner of Clarksville; and Tom Wade of Kenton. Ex-officio members include Gov. Don Sundquist, who will serve as chairman; Lt. Gov. John S. Wilder, speaker of the Senate; Rep. Jimmy Naifeh, speaker of the House of Representatives; Dan Wheeler, commissioner of the Department of Agriculture; Dr. Joseph E. Johnson, president of The University of Tennessee Knoxville; Dr. Charles E. Smith, chancellor of the Board of Regents; and Johnny H. Hayes, director of the Tennessee Valley Authority.
RECORD TOTALS DAY WEEK YEAR
PROPERTY SALES 57 280 1,209
MORTGAGES 55 244 916
FORECLOSURE NOTICES 8 52 151
BUILDING PERMITS 158 699 2,751
BANKRUPTCIES 37 157 618
BUSINESS LICENSES 12 77 276
UTILITY CONNECTIONS 0 0 0
MARRIAGE LICENSES 0 0 0