TCSA Fall Conference Registration Reminder

TCSA and our affiliates are looking forward to next week's Fall Conference 2023. It's not too late to register for the conference. We will see you next week at the Chattanooga Convention Center!
As security education expands across organizations, so do the cyber threats they face. In response, counties across the country are joining the NACo Cybersecurity Leadership Academy: a 12-week virtual course with the latest insights from industry experts and current CIOs/CISOs in the field, as well as the opportunity to network with cybersecurity professionals across the nation. It coaches participants on what it means to think and act as a cybersecurity leader. 
Throughout October, NACo is extending an Academy BOGO to every county.
Your county’s first participant can join for $1,995, and a second participant can join for FREE! The next Cybersecurity Leadership Academy kicks off January 8th. You can find out more at naco.org/cyberskills or reach out to our Academy contact, Luke Afeman ([email protected]) to claim your BOGO.

Is your county prepared for a cyberattack? As security education expands across organizations, so do the cyberthreats they face. In response, counties across the country are joining the NACo Cybersecurity Leadership Academy: a 12 week 
Read More About Cybersecurity Training Opportunities

UT Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership (NCEL) Hires New Administrative Associate

Abby Claud will be joining the Naifeh Center as an administrative associate. Abby comes to the Naifeh Center from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation where she served as a criminal justice information system support specialist.

She also served as a dispatcher with the Tennessee Highway Patrol from 2015-1017. Abby has a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Austin Peay State University.

Tennessee's Growing Retirement-Age Population Outshines Increases Among Prime-Age Workers

Two years into the decade, the growth rate of the state’s prime working-age population has matched the state’s overall increase at 1.8 percent. Tennessee has added 48,000 people between the ages of 25 to 54 since July 2020. 

This group of prime-age workers is important because it supplies a significant portion of the state’s labor force and is generally the most productive phase of a worker’s career.

However, over the same period, the state’s retirement-age population grew almost three times faster. The over-65 population added nearly 60,000 people to its ranks.

These were the two fastest-growing age groups, according to new population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau in June.

Read the Full Report from TNSDC Here

TWRA Announces Aquatic Stream Clean Up Grants for 2024

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has announced the grant recipients of the 2024 aquatic stream clean-up projects across the state. The grants were awarded to various organizations for 19 projects.

The program is designed to assist cities, schools, community organizations, civic groups, watershed organizations, and conservation groups, with stream clean-up projects.

Information on the availability of 2024 grant dollars for riparian tree planting projects will be announced later in October.

See the Grant Recipients Here
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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. 

Register for TCSA's Annual Fall Conference Here

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.
Click Here to Nominate a County Today!

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