Two different organizations have honored the City of Gallatin Economic Development Agency (EDA) with awards for marketing, strategic planning, and work with existing industries.
The Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) recognized the EDA with an Award of Superior for the agency’s annual marketing book that showcases community, education, business, industry and infrastructure. SEDC also gave an Award of Merit to the EDA and the City of Gallatin for Strategic Plan: A Plan to Listen, Lead and Deliver. The strategic plan helps the city align its leadership, resources, and operations in order to advance a set of goals to achieve long-term vision.
SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development Association in North America with membership in 17 states in the American South.
"Gallatin is truly blessed with dedicated department heads and staff who help the EDA present the city's assets to companies looking for a new location or to open a new business," said James Fenton, Executive Director of the EDA. "This year alone we've welcomed several new companies and nearly 500 new jobs."
The Gallatin EDA has also received an Award of Excellence from the Greater Nashville Regional Council (GNRC) for work with the city’s existing industries. This past year, the EDA began shooting and producing videos showcasing local industries to assist with workforce recruitment, showing what the company makes, and dispelling misperceptions of today’s manufacturing world. The EDA established a YouTube channel for the videos and also shares them on other social media platforms.
GNRC is one of nine regional development districts in Tennessee representing 13 counties and 52 cities in upper middle Tennessee, including Gallatin and Sumner County.