The TCSA office will be closed Friday, November 10, 2023. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 13, 2023.

TCSA Fall Conference Survey Now Available

Last chance to fill out the survey for a FREE conference registration for County Government day in February 2024. TCSA is asking that you please fill out this survey by Thursday, November 16, 2023

To improve our events in the future, we are asking that you please fill out these surveys for us to better serve you at our next fall conference. Thank you again for attending the 2023 Fall Conference and Trade Show!
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Professional Development Academy 10-year Anniversary Training

You are invited to celebrate with us in 2024. It is our High Performance Leadership Academy's 10th anniversary. We can think of no better way to celebrate than investing in your workforce.

Significant celebration scholarships will be available for existing leaders looking to get better and emerging leaders looking to get ready to navigate change and overcome the challenges of work today.

Email Luke Afeman to secure your scholarship, enroll your team, and celebrate with us.

Let's make leaders better, together, in 2024 and beyond.
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A Guide to Fiscal Capacity in TISA's Funding Formula

Fiscal Capacity is one of the most important and esoteric aspects of Tennessee's education funding formula. When the General Assembly replaced the BEP with the new TISA funding formula, they carried over the same methodology of calculating a local government's "fiscal capacity" or ability to generate revenue locally.

This factor determines how much of your school system's funding comes from the state and how much has to be provided from local tax sources. TACIR is one of two organizations that calculate fiscal capacity.

Their staff has updated this guide that explains how that process works. It includes a timeline of how the process has changed over the years, answers to frequently asked questions, definitions of terms, and example calculations. If you ever wanted a deeper dive on how your county's fiscal capacity is determined, this is the publication for you. 

Click Here to Read the Full Staff Report

Quick Poll for TCI Grant Writing Workshops

The Tennessee Corrections Institute has begun holding grant writing workshops to inform local officials about funding opportunities for local jails.

They opened a recent session to county mayors in addition to sheriffs. TCI has asked us to share this survey with our members to determine interest in future sessions like this.

Especially if you are in East or Middle Tennessee, take a look at this survey and let them know your interest and preference for dates and locations. The poll is open through Thanksgiving Day.
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Planning Considerations for Cyber Incidents
Intergovernmental and Community Partners,

FEMA, in coordination with the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), released “Planning Considerations for Cyber Incidents: Guidance for Emergency Managers,” a foundational product that provides a roadmap for state, local, tribal and territorial emergency managers to plan for swift and effective solutions to address the consequences of a cyber incident. FEMA, in cooperation with CISA, will host several 60-minute webinars to provide an overview of the guide and supporting materials. To learn more about the webinar sessions and to download the guide and supporting materials, visit Planning Guides | FEMA.gov.
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New Collection Highlights Tennessee's New Education Funding Formula

TISA is the state's new K-12 funding formula. As of the 2023-24 school year, Tennessee public school districts receive funding through TISA.

Four items in the Comptroller’s new TISA Collection are now available:

  • An interactive dashboard provides an overview of how each component is calculated. Data can be filtered by selecting a school district from the drop-down menu.
  • The TISA flowchart outlines the TISA formula, showing a breakdown of how each component relates to the others.
  • The TISA glossary includes the most common TISA terms with a short explanation for each entry.
  • A list of small and/or sparse districts – TISA provides weighted funding for districts that are classified as small and/or sparse. This list shows the small and sparse status for each school district in Tennessee.  

New items in the Comptroller’s TISA Collection will be released in the coming weeks, including a video tutorial explaining how each TISA component is calculated.

To view the TISA collection, please visit the Comptroller’s website at: tncot.cc/orea

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Tennessee's Unemployment Rate Sets New Record Low in July

Tennessee made history in July when the state recorded its lowest unemployment rate since the federal government began tracking the statistic in 1976. According to the Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD), the seasonally adjusted rate of 3.1% was 0.1 of a percentage point lower than the previous all-time low of 3.2%, a figure the state once again reached in June.

The latest Tennessee jobless number was 0.2 of a percentage point lower than the rate in July 2022. Unemployment numbers for the state have been at or below 3.5% since January 2022.

Employers across the state continued to bolster Tennessee’s economy by adding new jobs. Between June and July, total nonfarm employment increased...

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Comptroller's Office Releases July 2023 Revenue Reports

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – [On Tuesday, August 15], Tennessee Department of Finance and Administration Commissioner Jim Bryson announced that Tennessee July revenues were $1.65 billion, which is $153.5 million more than the budgeted estimate and $46.3 million more than the state received in July 2022. The growth rate for July was 2.89 percent.

“July total tax revenues exceeded our budgeted estimates and grew at a modest pace compared to this same time last year,” Bryson said. “Monthly gains were led by sales tax receipts reflecting June consumer activity and corporate tax payments. When combined, all other tax revenues declined compared to July 2022.

“Annual revenues for fiscal year 2022-2023 exceeded our original budgeted estimates, but totals fell short of the funding board’s revised estimate from last fall. Although collections..."

Read July 2023's Full Revenue Report Here

Register Now for ACM's Annual Conference

There is still time to register for The Association of County Mayors (ACM) annual conference that will be held August 29 - 31, 2023, at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro, TN. To view a draft agenda of the conference, please click here. If you're interested in the conference or have more questions, please contact Tanya Todd for more information. Otherwise, you can register by clicking the link below! 
Click Here to Register for ACM's 2023 Annual Conference

First Group Of Offenders Earn College Degree At Riverbend Maximum Security Institution

[Friday, August 11, 2023] - History was made Tuesday evening as five offenders became the first cohort to earn college degrees at the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution (RMSI).  Graduating with their Associate of Science in Business Administration from Nashville State Community College, the group joins over 200 other men and women who have earned a college degree behind the walls of a Tennessee Department of Correction (TDOC) prison.

Through partnerships with over 10 colleges and universities, TDOC offers degree programs across the state that allow offenders the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees.

“This is my favorite part of my job,” Rachel Riley-Coe, Assistant Commissioner of Rehabilitative Services, told the graduates. “I believe in the power of education.  With education comes perseverance, with education comes strength, confidence, critical thinking, and dreams of what could be.”

It is the goal of TDOC under Commissioner Frank Strada to have associate and bachelor’s degree programs in every institution...

Read the Full Announcement from TDOC

Reminder for the TCSA Fall 2023 Conference and Trade Show Registration

Tennessee County Services Associations (TCSA) has set the dates and location for the annual Fall 2023 Conference and Trade Show. Mark your calendars and plan to join us in Chattanooga on October 18-20th. Major highlights include adopting the Legislative Platform, Board elections, and county vendor services, as well as good exhibits. 

We are still working on finalizing the agenda for the conference and trade show with various breakout sessions, general session speakers, and other educational opportunities at the conference. We hope to have  the agenda of the various events available for everyone over the coming weeks.

To register for the conference, please click hereWe look forward to seeing you at the Fall Annual Conference and Trade Show. 

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County Success Story Nominations

At this year's Fall Conference & Trade Show, TCSA plans to recognize counties who have demonstrated excellence in governance, innovation in problem solving, and best practices for delivering services.

To be considered for a County Success Story award, the project or achievement should demonstrate:
an innovative solution to a problem
• a sustained pattern of excellence in governance
• a best practice that increased efficiency in the delivery of county services or resulted in significant savings to taxpayers
• a new approach or the use of new technology to deliver services
• improved cooperation or coordination between county offices or local governments that resulted in enhanced delivery of services.
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