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Thursday, August 15, 2019

Governor's Rural Opportunities Summit
Tennessee Governor Bill Lee this week convened his cabinet for a meeting with officials from Tennessee’s 15 distressed counties during the Governor’s Rural Opportunity Summit. The meeting caps a state government-wide audit mandated under Executive Order 1 which examines how departments are serving rural areas, specifically distressed counties. Executive Order 1 also requires departments to provide suggestions for future improvements. “With 15 distressed counties in the bottom 10 percent of the nation in terms of poverty, average income and unemployment, we have serious work to do and I believe we are up to the challenge,” the governor said. An analysis shows rural areas will benefit from an improved coordination of services and overall alignment of departments in serving rural Tennessee. Additionally, departments provided innovation recommendations for potential programs and solutions to be considered by the Lee Administration. State departments suggested better coordination in areas including : Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Professionals in the areas of ; Ag-tech business recruitment Recruiting quality education and mental health support liaisons Recruiting physicians and healthcare providers Education and Workforce Programs in Rural Areas including; Ag industry certifications Employment fairs and vocational rehabilitation programs Unemployment insurance, statewide apprenticeships, WorkReady community initiatives Focused employment assistance Job Access Reverse Commute Program for transportation challenge Community Development Planning and Infrastructure in Rural Areas; Water and wastewater infrastructure Real estate owned programs and community development block grants Upgrading rural school facilities Improving the public alert system County transportation planning and rural access improvements Substance Abuse Prevention and Recovery in Rural Areas; Drug workshops Expanded prevention efforts Prioritizing peer recovery specialists The Governor’s Rural Opportunity Summit is being held in Linden, Tenn. with the governor, members of the cabinet and local officials from distressed counties including Cocke and Hancock Counties.

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