Senator Dolores Gresham
District 26 - Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, McNairy, and Henderson Counties
Requests for Assistance: 2,051
Total Contacts: 2,342
Training Participants: 527
Economic Impact: $25,613,410
With assistance from the Center for Industrial Services’ (CIS) Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), several Fayette County businesses won government contracts worth more than $12 thousand; several Hardeman County businesses won government contracts worth more than $24 million. PTAC consultants work with businesses across Tennessee to help coach them through the federal government contract process.
The UT County Technical Assistant Service (CTAS) helped Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, and McNairy Counties each save $12,500 by installing the CTAS Highway Program and GASB34 Asset Management software. The software allows the highway department to have more efficient management of operations, including maintenance analysis and scheduling, funding allocation requests, elimination of some field/site visits, and the streamlined ability to provide information.
One law enforcement officer from both Hardin, and Haywood Counties participated in the three-day Command Level Leadership class led by the UT Law Enforcement Innovation Center (LEIC). Participants learn to craft a mission and vision for organizational effectiveness, emphasize ethical leadership by example, utilize budgeting techniques, and create a culture of accountability.
Nine Henderson County employees attended CTAS’s Internal Controls class. This class helps counties comply with T.C.A. 9-18-102(a), by giving them tools to decrease waste, fraud, and abuse throughout the county via effective internal control practices.
A McNairy County employee attended all ten mandatory courses offered by the UT Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) that are necessary to achieve their Certified Municipal Finance Officer (CMFO) certification. As result of the Municipal Finance Officer Certification and Education Act of 2007, all cities with gross annual revenues of $500,000 or more, or outstanding debts of $500,000 or more, are required to have at least one person with CMFO certification or a statutorily acceptable exempting certification. In lieu of the CMFO certification, municipalities may also employ someone with an acceptable exemption certification, such as e certified public accountant (CPA), certified public finance officer (CPFO), or certified government finance manager (CGFM).