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TDDA Seeking Presentations for Annual Conference

The Tennessee Development District Association, which is chaired by FTDD Executive Director Chris Craig, is seeking presentations for the Annual Training Conference hosted in Nashville.

This two day conference, which brings together district staff and stakeholders from across the state is an opportunity to collaborate, share best practices, and hone skills to better serve each district's respective region. The 2022 Annual Training Conference will be held in Nashville at the Renaissance Hotel from February 28 - March 1.

Event organizers are looking for interesting, data-driven presentations that focus on areas of interest to Tennessee’s local Development Districts, including:

  • economic and community development

  • environmental programs/issues

  • local, and transportation planning

  • workforce development

  • tourism

  • general professional development topics

  • aging service

  • legislative issues

TDDA is also proud to unveil a new website to better serve member districts and inform on their impactful and collective work. The new site, was designed by Melissa White, the Administrative Services Manager for the FTDD and takes into account current and future needs for TDDA.

More about the Tennessee Development Districts Association

Development districts are regional planning and economic organizations owned and operated by the cities and counties of Tennessee. The nine development districts were established by the general assembly under the Tennessee Development District Act of 1965. The act was intended to provide the most effective and efficient means for cities and counties to organize to carry out general planning and economic development, as well as make the best use of federal, state, and other programs designed to stimulate economic development. The actual planning implementation was left to the local and state governments. In other states, development districts may be called regional councils, regional planning councils, or commissions, but approximately 95 percent of these multi-county regional planning agencies operate with similar structures to that of the Tennessee districts. The First Tennessee Development District in East Tennessee was the first to form under this law.

For more information about the upcoming conference, please email

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