TCSA Capitol Updates 2024

Capitol Update | April 26, 2024

Posted on 4/26/2024

Capitol Update | April 19, 2024

Posted on 4/19/2024

Capitol Update | April 12, 2024

Posted on 4/12/2024

Capitol Update | April 5, 2024

Posted on 4/5/2024


TCSA Accepting Vacant Executive Board Position Nominations for West Tennessee Counties Seats

Interested in serving in the leadership of TCSA? Our board is set with staggered terms so every year positions come open on the board and there are opportunities to serve. These positions are typically filled at TCSA’s annual fall conference, but there is currently a vacancy on the TCSA Board of Directors for a West Tennessee County Commissioner representative. In addition, in anticipation of Henry County Mayor John Penn Ridgeway leaving county government at the end of June, the board is looking for candidates to fill that upcoming vacancy.

Along with the officers, affiliate presidents and representatives of the large urban counties, the board has nine members who serve three-year staggered terms. There are three positions for county mayors, three for county commissioners and three for highway superintendents, with one from each of the state’s three grand divisions. There is only one year left in the West Tennessee County Commissioner position, however, an individual who did not serve a full term is eligible for reappointment to a full three-year term following that service. 

The TCSA Board of Directors is currently seeking nominations for a West Tennessee county commissioner + a West Tennessee county mayor to fill two vacant seats on the board.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should provide basic information about their service in county government and their involvement with the association and its affiliates, including any experience they have had serving in leadership roles. To be considered for appointment, your county must be current in its dues to TCSA.

To apply, you can simply email all of the above-requested information to TCSA, and we will forward your information to the board for consideration.      

Register Now for TCSA's Legislative Conference

Final Agenda Releasing Soon! 

TCSA's Legislative Conference is shaping up to be a very informative, engaging event for all our members in Tennessee. Join us to review important legislation that is slated to impact your counties as soon as July 2024, while other pieces of legislation will have a long-term implementation.

Register Now to Ensure You Receive Your Conference Perks

If you have not yet registered but are sure that you'll be attending, we are asking that you register by next Friday, May 10, as we will begin printing and preparing items the following Monday, May 13. Your registering by next Friday, May 10, ensures that you receive a properly printed name badge and handouts and have meals provided at the conference! 

For more information, please visit the TCSA Legislative Conference registration page. Also, stay tuned, as the final (fully-detailed) agenda will be released soon. Thank you again for your cooperation and assistance, and TCSA looks forward to seeing you in a few short weeks in Sevier County. 
Click Here to Register for the TCSA Legislative Conference

CTAS: How to Handle Disgruntled Individuals

In today's fast-paced and increasingly uncertain world, it is not uncommon to encounter individuals who are unhappy or disgruntled.

Such individuals can become a source of negativity and can have a demotivating effect on those around them. To counter this, it is important to know how to handle these individuals effectively and with empathy.

This course is designed to equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to handle disgruntled individuals in a calm and professional manner.

If you would like to join CTAS, here is the class schedule:

All Classes are 8:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. Local Time:
Click Here to Register for a Training Near You

County Unemployment Remains Below 5% Across Tennessee

NASHVILLE – Newly released data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) documented unemployment rates below 5% in each of Tennessee’s 95 counties in March. County unemployment rates for the month range from 2.2% to 4.6%.
During the month, the jobless number decreased in 12 counties across the state. Ten counties recorded rates that did not change from month to month, while 73 counties did see a slight uptick in their unemployment levels.
Williamson and Moore counties both had rates of 2.2% in March. For Williamson County, that represented an uptick of just 0.1 of a percentage point when compared with February’s statistic. In Moore County, unemployment increased by 0.3 of a percentage point during the month.

Read March 2024's State Unemployment Report Here

NICE Offering Free Cybersecurity Training for Tennesseans

With broadband expansion and instant connection now available for more areas of Tennessee, cybersecurity training is imperative to keep personal and private information safe as citizens navigate online marketplaces, social media, and many other safety-sensitive information platforms online. 

The National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE)  and the Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) are great resources to start or further your education in cybersecurity!

The mission of NICE is to energize, promote, and coordinate a robust community working together to advance an integrated ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development.

Please visit their site for more information: NIST NICE.

The Federal Virtual Training Environment (FedVTE) provides many courses for  both citizens and government employees. The general public can access these free courses here: Public FedVTE. Those who are federal, state, local, or other government employees can access additional cybersecurity trainings and courses by creating an account here: FedVTE Registration

TNECD Shares an Update for Tennessee's Local BEAD Challenge Process

The Broadband Equity, Access, and Deployment (BEAD) Program was authorized by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (‘Infrastructure Act’), also known as the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The BEAD Program provides new federal funding to the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) to grant to all fifty states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the United States Territories for broadband planning, deployment, mapping, equity, and adoption activities.
On the state level, the Tennessee BEAD Challenge Map portrays all up-to-date Broadband Serviceable Locations (BSLs) and Community Anchor Institutions (CAIs) in Tennessee. All Tennesseans are welcome to explore the map, and eligible challengers may use this resource for participating in the Challenge Process starting May 7, 2024.
A reminder of key dates for the Challenge phase include:
The Broadband team recommends using this weekend for county officials to pre-register, explore the coverage map, and join them for one of our webinars early next week. Further information can be found on the TNECD website here.

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