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Representative Gant’s Measure Increasing Access To Resources Will Spur Economic Development & Job Growth Across Rural Tennessee

As other states struggle with out-of-control spending and mounting debt, my colleagues and I in the House chamber have created an environment that has positioned Tennessee to remain a national leader in job creation. Since 2011, Republican-led efforts have supported the creation of more than 400,000 net new private sector jobs in cities and towns across Tennessee.

While statewide unemployment remains near the lowest rates ever recorded in Tennessee’s 222-year history, average unemployment in District 94 is a bit higher. That is why I have prioritized resources and initiatives that will spur job growth in our community.

Last week, we took an important step with passage of House Bill 1914. It gives local governments the authority to decide whether they want to reinvest surplus monies that currently reside in municipal gas utility accounts into a community or economic development initiative spearheaded by our local chambers of commerce.

The measure further reduces red tape and bureaucracy by promoting partnerships between local government and business so that they can work together to identify new opportunities to promote our community and make it a desirable destination for future employers.

The local leaders that I have been working with on this idea are very excited about the outcome of House Bill 1914 because they agree that it should pave the way for more jobs and new economic development opportunities. While this is exciting news, we have more work ahead of us.

I will not rest until our residents have the quality jobs they desire and until our counties are removed from the Appalachian Regional Commission’s (ARC) distressed list. It has been an honor to fight for you and for job growth across District 94 throughout my time serving in our General Assembly. Thank you for the opportunity, thank you for your partnership, and thank you for your support.

Ron Gant serves as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. He is also a member of the House Health Committee and the House Calendar and Rules Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Sub and Full Committees. Gant lives in Rossville and represents House District 94, which includes Fayette, McNairy, and part of Hardeman County. He can be reached by email at rep.ron.gant@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-6890.

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