Article by W. Clay Crook-
Members of local governments, business and community leaders and educators were invited to an Economic and Recovery Strategic Planning Session on March 4, 2021. The event was hosted by the Southwest Tennessee Development District (SWTDD) and was held at the Lexington Utilities Operations Facility on Maple Street. Joe Barker, Executive Director for SWTDD, thanked Lexington Mayor Jeff Griggs and Henderson County Mayor Eddie Bray to getting the session together.
Barker said that the process has been funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Economic Development as part of the CARES Act, and is an effort to identify, at the local level, what is needed to help the community move forward economically after the pandemic ends. The grant was received in August, 2020, and the month of September was spent in the researching what would be needed in the eight county area of the SWTDD, which includes Henderson County.
Strategic planning sessions were held in each of the eight counties during January and February. The meeting for Henderson County was delayed due to the freezing weather conditions and was the last of the sessions. Information from the sessions is being used from February through April in the development of individual county plans and an overall regional plan. “There are some things that will be the same throughout the counties that the regional plan can…
For complete coverage, see the March 10th edition of The Lexington Progress.