December 2008

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Michigan company selects megasite for new plant

Hemlock Semiconductor group, owned by Dow Corning Corp., has announced the selection of a megasite in Clarksville, Tenn., for a new manufacturing plant.

The Clarksville facility will produce a primary component used in the manufacture of solar panels and other energy equipment. It represents an investment of $1.2 billion dollars by the company and the creation of more than 500 initial direct jobs and 1,000 construction positions.

“This huge success proves that going through the diligent megasite certification process and being prepared gives a community a strong advantage,” said John Bradley, TVA’s senior vice president of Economic Development. “The state of Tennessee, Clarksville-Montgomery County and community leaders have been working toward this day for two and a half years.”

The Commerce Park site is one several megasites certified as suitable for large industries in the Tennessee Valley. TVA will continue to support and help other valley communities market the three remaining certified megasites, Bradley said.

The value of diversity

The Regional Diversity Council was created in May 2008 to raise awareness about the efforts of the Executive Diversity Council. Its objective is to assist in ensuring that the workforce at all levels reflects the diversity of the communities where TVA does business and that differences are valued and respected in the workplace. The RDC, divided into West, South, East and Corporate areas, has about 50 members. Members of the Executive Diversity Council are Ken Breeden, Vyrone Cravanas, Maureen Dunn, Kim Greene, Peyton Hairston, Tom Kilgore, John Long, Rob Manning, Bill McCollum, Anda Ray, Emily Reynolds and Phil Reynolds.

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From left, Regional Diversity Council sponsor Vyrone Cravanas with Veenita Bisaria, Valerie McLeod and Brandan Sharp are among the members who help ensure that diversity is valued and respected at TVA.

To date, the RDC has developed a portal page from InsideNet, sponsored a streaming media presentation on the “Business Case for Diversity” and coordinated Diversity Awareness Tours to support Disability Awareness Month.