Fort Immediate Release
FORT PAYNE ALABAMA Participates in Sustainable Communities Development Program
FORT PAYNE, ALABAMA – JUNE 1, 2015
THE CITY OF FORT PAYNE and the DeKalb County Economic Development Authority (DCEDA) have applied and been accepted to participate in the Valley Sustainable Communities Program. This program, now in its third year, is being sponsored by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and managed by Boyette Strategic Advisors (BSA).
The Valley Sustainable Communities Program was initiated by TVA Economic Development in 2013 as part of its community preparedness offerings. Sustainability has become a key issue for economic development organizations and communities as more corporations have demonstrated an increasing commitment to sustainability. In addition, more than 90 percent of corporate real estate executives who responded to a CoreNet Global survey said that sustainability is a consideration in their company location decisions. The typical reasons for this corporate commitment are reduced operating costs for increased profitability and greater employee satisfaction.
The goal of the program is to increase the likelihood that communities will be viewed as progressive and competitive by companies planning to invest in new or expanded business locations. BSA and TVA staff will be administering the program and meeting in person with communities’ sustainability teams to help develop and implement sustainable initiatives and increase awareness of existing programs.
The program recognizes communities at three levels – Silver, Gold, and Platinum – based on the sustainability initiatives currently in place. A wide variety of sustainable initiatives contribute to a community’s level or recognition. Initiatives directly related to business, industry support, and economic development receive greater emphasis in the recognition process. In its first two years, the Valley Sustainable Communities program has recognized 25 communities throughout the Valley for their commitment to sustainability. Read more at TVAed.com/sustainable
“FORT PAYNE and its various businesses and entities have already made a significant commitment to sustainability. This new program provides us with the opportunity to document, further develop and be recognized for our sustainable initiatives, which will help differentiate us in the tough competition for new corporate investment and job creation,” said Jimmy Durham, DCEDA.
About Fort Payne Alabama: Fort Payne is a city of great opportunity and ideally located to service a wide range of industries. Located in the growing Southeast, Fort Payne is only an hour from Chattanooga, Tennessee, less than two hours from Huntsville and Birmingham, Alabama, and less than 3 hours from Atlanta, Georgia. Fort Payne welcomes you to review some of our world class companies that already call us home and to consider us for your future needs.
CONTACT: Jimmy Durham, Executive Director
Diana Goss, Marketing Director
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