Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation
Earns Gold Ribbon Award for Excellence in Economic Development

Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation (TAEDC) received a Gold Excellence in Economic Development Award for its 2012 project in the category of General Purpose Website for communities with populations less than 25,000 from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

The honor for the http://www.thinktullahoma.com website was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 8, during the IEDC Annual Conference, held that week in Philadelphia, Pa.

“The Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation as being one of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies,” said IEDC chair, Paul Krutko. “These awards are meant to honor the organizations and individuals who are dedicated to making a positive change in their communities. This organization uses creative solutions and inventive ideas, and offers other regions a wonderful example to learn and benefit from. The award represents an acknowledgment and appreciation for Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation’s dedication to continuous growth, as well as improving the industry overall.”

“We are proud of TAEDC for developing a traditional and mobile based web site to tell our story and make researching Tullahoma easier for site selectors or anyone interested with investing in Tullahoma,” said Mayor Lane Curlee.
Seeking to capitalize on its reputation as a smart community, the Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation re-branded its marketing campaign with the slogan “Think Tullahoma” and rolled it out with a creative website highlighting the city’s history in aviation and aerospace. Known for its research and testing in aerodynamics, Tullahoma wanted to focus on its intellectual capital by producing a website that was creative, yet provided a glimpse into the city’s history with Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) and its renown wind tunnels used for flight testing. The website also was designed to highlight the community’s retail, medical, and fiber assets (Tullahoma is one of only a few gigabit cities in the nation).

“I am fortunate to inherit such a valuable resource,” said the new TAEDC’s Executive Director, C. Thomas Robinson. “I want to recognize the hard work of former Executive Director Daryl Brady, and especially, the local marketing Team, including the TAEDC Board, Mayor Curlee and the City Administration, who worked so diligently to put this tremendous site together.”

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. These awards honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban and rural communities.

About the International Economic Development Council

The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC’s members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.www.iedconline.org

About Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation

The Tullahoma Area Economic Development Corporation was created by the Board of Mayor and Alderman to drive economic development in the greater Tullahoma region by focusing on several core areas: aerospace and aviation, medical services and technology, retail, information technology and entrepreneurship.

The Board and its Executive Director work closely with the Coffee County Industrial Development Board, the Tennessee Economic and Community Development Department, TVA, the Southern Middle Tennessee Entrepreneurship Center, and a host of other agencies to enhance economic development in Tullahoma.

The Board is governed by seven board members who also serve dual roles as Board Members for the Tullahoma Health, Education, and Housing Facility Board. The TAEDC has the authorization to do PILOT’s and TIF agreements on behalf of the City of Tullahoma.