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TVA's Tidwell Wins Site Selectors' Guild Award for Economic Development Work

January 19, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tim Tidwell, a business recruitment specialist for the Tennessee Valley Authority's Economic Development organization, is co-recipient of one of the Site Selectors Guild's first annual Excellence in Economic Development awards.

Tidwell and co-winner Brenda Pfeifer, project manager for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, are recognized for innovation, best business practices and other contributions in helping recruit companies to the region. Both will be presented the guild's Special Jurisdiction Economic Development Organization award at the group's annual conference Jan. 22 in Orlando, Fla.

Awards also will be presented to small town, county, metropolitan area, and state economic development individuals and organizations for their contributions in attracting investment and creating jobs in their communities.

"Tim's dedication, professionalism and hard work are a big part of TVA's economic development success, and he is a valuable member of our team," said John Bradley, TVA senior vice president for Economic Development. "Being co-winners with the State of Tennessee shows the value of working projects through partnerships with power distributors; regional, state and local economic development officials, and community leaders in the Valley."

Tidwell, who works in TVA Economic Development's Global Business group, helped gather information about potential properties, sites and buildings suitable for industries; scheduled site visits; arranged meetings with local communities, and conducted transportation and engineering analyses, among other activities.

Also recognized in TVA's service area is Mark Herbison of the Greater Memphis Chamber, who won the award in the metro economic development organization category. Memphis is served by Memphis Light, Gas and Water.

TVA is the only utility to win an award. Award recipients are nominated and confirmed by a group of site selection consultants in the Site Selectors Guild.

"Guild members believe these folks don't get the credit they deserve," said Robert Ady of Ady International Company and president of the guild. "This is an extremely competitive industry, so when we come across organizations and teams who do extraordinary work, we truly appreciate their professionalism."

In 2011, TVA's programs and services contributed to $4.9 billion in economic development projects that attracted or retained 43,000 jobs across the region. TVA's economic development activities also helped recruit or expand more than 140 companies in the TVA service area last year.

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.

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