The Bridges site in the Benton County Industrial Park has been named part of the Select Tennessee program by the Department of Economic and Community Development. It is the site of the future warehouse for Second Harvest Food Bank. The Select Tennessee program was launched in June 2012 with goal of helping Tennessee communities prepare available sites for investment and expansion. The program sets a consistent and rigorous standard upon which companies can rely in making critical location decisions.

Senator John Stevens (R-Huntingdon) said, “The Select Tennessee program assists companies looking to expand to our area by preparing potential business sites to meet immediate needs of their operations.I am thankful to the Department of Economic and Community Development for their commitment to Benton County, and I look to working with officials over the coming months to make this important designation a success.”

A total of 22 sites across 16 Tennessee counties have been selected. ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said, “Tennessee continues to regularly compete on a global scale as the best place to do business.

A hallmark of the program is ensuring that Tennessee sites are ready for development, whether through marketing those ready for a prospect or providing guidance for uncertified cities to achieve a higher level of preparedness.

ECD has partnered with Austin Consulting and the Foote Consulting Group to administer the program. Raymond Barnes with the Benton County Electric System handled the applications, the Benton County Industrial Board provided money for the certification, and TVA did the actual certification. Grant money was also provided to help get the site certified.

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