TCSA Fall Conference Survey Now Available

TCSA and its affiliates would like to thank all of our members and vendors who attended the Fall Conference & Trade Show. Without the support from our members and vendors, we would not be able to hold great events like our fall conference. 

To improve our events in the future, we are asking that you please fill out these surveys for us to better serve you at our next fall conference. Thank you again for attending the 2023 Fall Conference and Trade Show!

If you fill out the survey, you will be entered to win a FREE conference registration for County Government Day in February 2024! 
Click Here to Complete the Fall Conference Survey

Operation Greenlight for U.S. Veterans

“America’s counties have a long and proud history of serving our nation’s veterans, a legacy that continues to this day as we work with our federal, state and local partners to ensure that the former service members in our communities have access to the resources they need to thrive.

This coming Veterans Day, the National Association of Counties (NACo) and the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers (NACVSO) invite the nation’s 3,069 counties, parishes and boroughs to join Operation Green Light and show support for veterans by lighting our buildings green from November 6 to November 12. By shining a green light, county governments and our residents will let veterans know that they are seen, appreciated and supported.”

Click Here to Read How Your County Can Support Local Veterans

Quick Poll for TCI Grant Writing Workshops

The Tennessee Corrections Institute has begun holding grant writing workshops to inform local officials about funding opportunities for local jails.

They opened a recent session to county mayors in addition to sheriffs. TCI has asked us to share this survey with our members to determine interest in future sessions like this.

Especially if you are in East or Middle Tennessee, take a look at this survey and let them know your interest and preference for dates and locations. The poll is open through Thanksgiving Day.
Click Here to Complete the Quick Survey

Unemployment Rates Fall Below 5% in Nearly All 95 Counties 

Ninety-three of Tennessee’s 95 counties recorded unemployment rates below 5% in September, while statewide unemployment inched up for the month, according to the latest data from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development.

Tennessee’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for the month of September was 3.2%. That is up 0.1 of a percentage point when compared to the August rate of 3.1%, which was Tennessee’s all-time low.

Unemployment in seven Tennessee counties decreased in September when compared to August statistics. Eighty counties recorded a small increase in unemployment, while eight counties matched their rates from the previous month.  

Moore and Sevier counties had the state’s lowest unemployment rates for September. In Moore County, the 2.6% rate marked a 0.2 of a percentage increase from August, while the rate went up just 0.1 of a percentage point in Sevier County.

Bledsoe County came in with the highest unemployment for September. Its rate of 5.4% was 0.2 of a percentage point higher than the previous month. Lauderdale County had the second-highest rate at 5.3%, which accounted for a 0.5 a percentage point decrease from its 5.8% rate in August.

Read the Full Report from Workforce Development Here

Changes Coming to Tennessee's Unemployment Benefits Program

Several Legislative Mandates Will Modify Aspects of Tennessee Unemployment

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development (TDLWD) will implement indexing for Tennessee unemployment benefits, as well as several other changes to comply with legislation passed by members of the Tennessee General Assembly in 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Click here is information about the new laws that mandate indexing and other changes to Tennessee’s unemployment benefits program.

Click Here to View the Updated Policies

State Receives Grant to Work with Federal Inmates in Memphis
Tennessee Office of Reentry to Provide Employment Assistance with Federal Funding

The Tennessee Office of Reentry (TOOR) will soon begin working with federal inmates returning to communities in the Memphis area. The office, which is part of the state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development, will assist justice-involved individuals in reentering Tennessee’s workforce in an effort to curb recidivism.

TOOR will receive $6.7 million in federal funding over four years through the Partnerships for Reentry Opportunities in Workforce Development (PROWD) grant. The money, $4.4 million from the U.S. Department of Justice and $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor, will allow TOOR to provide employment services to federally incarcerated individuals returning to Memphis.

Through PROWD, TOOR will improve employment outcomes for individuals directly impacted by the justice system, strengthen communities by reducing recidivism, and increase the capacity of justice and workforce system partnerships.

“When we started the Tennessee Office of Reentry in 2021, we focused on assisting justice-involved individuals from our county jails and state penitentiaries in overcoming barriers to employment,” said Dr. William Arnold, TOOR Director. “Partnering with PROWD allows TOOR to expand its reach to individuals in the federal incarceration system and therefore have a broader, national impact by providing successful workforce-based reentry strategies and partnerships. It is truly a game changer.”

Read the Full Story Here
State Funding Board Meeting
The State Funding Board will meet on Monday, November 6, 2023, at 1:30 p.m. to consider revenue estimates and additional items. The meeting will take place in the Volunteer Conference Center on the 2nd Floor and will allow member participation by electronic means.

If you are interested in watching you can find that information here.
Zoom Link Here
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