Clarksville, TN Gets BF Silver Award
Business and elected leaders in Clarksville-Montgomery County, TN were presented this week with Business Facilities’¬†¬†2009 Economic Development Deal of the Year Silver Award by Ted Coene, Group C Media Inc. co-president and publisher of Business Facilities.
Clarksville-Montgomery County won the Silver Award for its Hemlock Semiconductor project, a $1.2-billion polycrystalline silicon plant that will anchor a green energy supply chain in Tennessee for solar panels and semiconductors. The project was honored by a judging panel of industry experts and Business Facilities Editorial Board Members who reviewed nominations of 19 big-ticket projects submitted by 15 states and MSAs.
“As an award winner, you have joined a select group of industry leaders who have received Business Facilities‚Äô highest annual citation,” Coene said at the awards ceremony, which was held Tuesday at F&M Bank in Clarksville.
“Our judges told us that the decision by Hemlock Semiconductor to locate its new polycrystalline silicon plant in Clarksville‚Äôs Commerce Park after a site selection competition that encompassed 70 potential locations on five continents was more than enough to earn this honor.¬†The judges were particularly impressed by what this project represents to the economic future of this region and the undeniable statement it makes that Tennessee intends to be a leader in the green energy supply chain.”
Accepting the Silver Award were¬†Clarkesville-Montgomery County Mayor Carolyn Bowers and EDC Chairman Mark Holleman, as well as local business and elected leaders.
The Economic Development Deal of the Year Silver Award ceremony made front-page news in The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville-Montgomery’s daily newspaper. [to read full newspaper article, go to¬†http://www.theleafchronicle.com/article/20100324/NEWS01/3240333/Leaders-accept-award-for-Hemlock-project}
Coene noted that the Hemlock Semiconductor project also was a major factor in Tennessee’s selection for Business Facilities’ coveted 2009¬†State of the Year Award. The Group C Media co-president is presenting the State of the Year Award to Gov. Phil Bredesen in Nashville today.
The Business Facilities Economic Development Deal of the Year judging panel noted that¬†TVA MegaSite certification, intensive environmental analysis, funding from the state‚Äôs Energy Policy Task Force, and the reduced energy costs offered by TVA all played a critical role in Clarksville-Montgomery’s successful bid for the Hemlock Semiconductor plant. Creative tax incentives and a highly skilled workforce that is ready to fill the jobs of the 21st Century economy also were cited as factors that resulted in the Silver Award selection.