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December 10, 2010
 

Assistant ECD commissioner to join Hollingsworth Companies

Rick Meredith, Assistant ECD Commissioner for Community Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber announced that Assistant Commissioner for Community Development Rick Meredith will leave ECD effective December 15. Meredith has accepted a position as senior vice-president for community development with the Hollingsworth Companies.

In his role as assistant commissioner for Community Development, Meredith oversees the agency’s Local Planning, Grants and Loans, Energy Policy, Three Star, Main Street and Retire Tennessee divisions.

During his tenure, Meredith worked with Commissioner Kisber to reorganize Tennessee’s Three Star community certification program to national prominence, ultimately being named as a national “best practice” by the Southern Growth Policies Board. Meredith also led the development of the One Stop Business Resource program, an initiative to move business registrations in Tennessee online and started a series of procurement matchmaking events for small businesses in Tennessee by the Business Enterprise Resource Office of ECD. Since 2006, that program has prompted more than 3,000 individual business interactions between small businesses in Tennessee and corporate procurement officials.

Prior to joining ECD in 2003, Meredith was Register of Deeds for Anderson County where he led the conversion of land records from paper to digital format and during his tenure, Anderson County became the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to establish Internet access to land records. Meredith was named Register of the Year and elected president of the county registers organization in 1996.

In his new role, Meredith will launch the Hollingsworth Company’s new Industrial Readiness Program, which will provide project design, construction, leasing and marketing services to communities in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.



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