TOKYO, JAPAN – During an economic development trip in Asia, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) co-hosted an investment seminar focused on Tennessee’s business advantages on Wednesday in Tokyo, Japan. The seminar was attended by more than 200 business leaders in the manufacturing, logistics, government and construction sectors.
The survey of businesses and households begins today and continues through March 15. Businesses and residents may take the online assessment at www.tn.gov/broadband.
Boyd said the department determined the need for a statewide assessment of broadband access and usage during his initial set of listening tours across the state in early 2015. Elected leaders, business executives and economic development professionals in all nine TNECD regions told Boyd and department officials that a lack of broadband access may hurt future economic development efforts in rural Tennessee.