Governor’s Three Star Program


Weakley County is proud to have received the Governor’s

Three-Star designation once again!


threestar-smallTennessee's Three-Star progam is designed to help communities take full advantage of ecomic development opportunities. The goals are to preserve existing employment, create new employment opportunities, increase Tennessee family incomes, improve quality of life and create a strong leadership base.

Pictured at the Governor’s Three-Star Award presentation to Weakley County are (l-r) Jana Hellums, Northwest Regional Business Development Consultant; Randy Boyd, TNECD Commissioner; Jody Sliger, ThreeStar Director, TNECD; Barbara Virgin, Weakley County Chamber Executive Director and ThreeStar Coordinator; Weakley County Mayor Jake Bynum; Virginia Grimes, UTM, WestStar Leadership; Blake Swaggart, Northwest Regional Director, TNECD; Ronnie Price, Weakley County Economic Development Board President / CEO; Amy New, Assistant Commissioner Rural Development, TNECD’ and Governor Bill Haslam.

Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development presented ThreeStar awards at the 2016 Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville in October.

The ThreeStar program is a vital component to Tennessee’s overall level of success, providing counties with a framework for continued economic and community strength. Annual participation in the ThreeStar program helps communities develop a strategy and a plan to address Governor Hasalm’s five priorities for public policy that include: jobs and economic development; fiscal strength and efficient government; public safety; health and welfare; and education and workforce development. The program encourages local community leaders, representing the five program areas, the Joint Economic and Community Development Board, and other key community stakeholders to implement activities that will impact the quality of life issues and therefore, their global competitiveness. Weakley County was presented the Governor’s ThreeStar award for “performance, accountability, and efficienct” in these areas.

Benefits of certification include a four percent discount on the required match rate for select state and federal grants. Participation in certain state programs, such as the TN Downtown Revitalization Program, Select Tennessee Property Evaluation Program, and the Tourism Enhancement Grant Program require the county is ThreeStar certified. Additionally, certified counties designated as Tier 2 and Tier 3 are eligible for an annual grant to serve as seed money for activities focused on improving at least one of the measured areas of the program.

To learn more information about the ThreeStar program, visit