American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Coffee County to Host Kickoff on Friday, March 3rd

Coffee County, Tennessee – Monday, February 20, 2017 – The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Coffee County will host a community Kickoff on Friday, March 3rd, 2017 at 6:00PM, at Sherrill Pest Control, 3731 New Tullahoma Hwy. Manchester, TN 37355. Everyone is invited to join the free festivities and food and learn about how to help the American Cancer Society save more lives from cancer.

Historical Society Receives State Award

Congratulations to Coffee County Historical Society, which has been chosen to receive a state Certificate of Merit by the Tennessee Historical Commission “for having made significant contributions to the preservation of the historical and architectural heritage of Tennessee.” The certificate was awarded for their series of publications entitled Civil War Soldiers of Coffee County, Tennessee.

$41,000 Tourism Enhancement Grant

The Manchester Tourism and Community Development Commission in partnership with the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce and Manchester Parks and Recreation is pleased to announce they have received a $41,000 tourism enhancement grant from the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development & Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. These funds will be matched by the Manchester Tourism and Community Development Commission to total $58,000 and will be used for additional electrical infrastructure and facility enhancements at the Manchester Parks and Recreation’s Soccer Complex.

“This is exciting news for our community, as our commitment to invest into impact continues to position our city to strengthen, develop, and grow. The most exciting aspect for me; however, is the collaboration between the Recreation Department, the Chamber of Commerce, and the Manchester Tourism and Community Development Commission. This is a perfect example of the synergy we have created by leveraging strong community partnerships. Obtaining this grant is exciting for the community right now, but the partnerships and relationships we are building are even more exciting for our future,” said Ryan French, Vice Mayor and Chairman.

“The state’s Tourism & ECD do a great job supporting rural communities, and we are honored to have received this grant. Installing lights at the soccer complex will not only allow for longer play and more tournaments but will provide a need for out-of-town guests to have dinner after play, sleep over, and have breakfast in Manchester the next morning. It’s all about capturing dollars. It was privilege to work alongside our Tourism Commissioners and Parks and Recreation on this grant,” said Terri Hudson, Executive Director, Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce

“The Parks and Recreation Department is excited to work in partnership with the Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce and the Tourism Commission on providing electrical service to the new Soccer Complex. The partnership allowed us to tap into the Tourism Enhancement Grant program funding to further develop the Soccer Complex. The electrical service is an important step forward to creating a venue for soccer to attract tournaments and tourism dollars to our local economy,” said Bonnie Gamble, Director, Manchester Parks and Recreation

Workforce Development – July 13

In the South Central Tennessee area local industries have an acute need for skilled workers. There are a number of programs available to develop workers, but job training is not always aligned with industry’s hiring needs. There is a gap between what students have in skills and what is needed for entry level positions. likewise, the gap extends to the skills of workers already employed In the industry.

Your Manchester Area Chamber of Commerce is busy behind the scenes bringing the right people to the table to address strategies to build a stronger workforce for Coffee County.  We are currently supporting an effort led by County Mayor Gary Cordell to seek new opportunities for high school students and adults, alike, in technical training.
We’re bringing together educators from across our region, local government officials, industry professionals, and business leaders to explore state grant opportunities to provide post-secondary education opportunities right here in Coffee County.  In order to be competitive in industry recruiting, we have to be able to proudly boast that we can provide the workforce needed by prospects.
What we are learning is that there is a definite need, even in existing industries, for more skilled laborers, and we believe we must work to help change the mindset of parents, students, and educators about technical careers.  These are not dirty, second rate jobs; rather, they are highly skilled and high-paying jobs that can be entered into without the burden of astronomical debt and the four-year journey that our traditional idea of post-secondary education provides.  This idea is described fully

We hope to be able to announce a positive result from our work sometime in the next few months.  Stay tuned!
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