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Ted Hackney, Coffee County Industrial Board, wins state’s top economic development honor

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014 at 9:09 am

Ted Hackney, second from left, was honored with the Fred Harris Professional of the Year award. (Photo provided)

Ted Hackney, second from left, was honored with the Fred Harris Professional of the Year award. (Photo provided)

The Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC) has recognized Ted Hackney, Executive Director of the Coffee County Industrial Board as the 2014 Fred Harris Professional of the Year. He was honored for his significant economic development achievements in the state of Tennessee.

Ted Hackney has been involved in economic development for many years, starting his career in Alabama. During his time there, Hackney worked in both Huntsville and Mobile. In 1988, he returned to his native Tennessee to work for the Coffee County Industrial Board.

During his 26-year long career at the Coffee County Industrial Board, Hackney has made dramatic contributions to economic development of the surrounding community. Some of his most notable contributions include expanding local industries from 12, at the beginning of his tenure, to the 55 in operations today. His involvement in the construction of eight speculative buildings in the county has resulted in all of them being sold and occupied.

In October 2013, Hackney successfully negotiated the location of Great Lakes Cheeses in the Manchester Industrial Park, marking the first southeastern location of the company. This deal will result in an impressive $100 million investment and over 200 quality jobs over the next five years.

Most recently, Hackney provided leadership in the recruitment of Aspen Technologies to locate a new manufacturing facility in the Manchester Industrial Park. This automotive supplier will invest $5.1 million and create 161 new jobs over the next five years.

Hackney works tirelessly to maintain an inventory of available buildings and sites. Under Hackney’s leadership, the Coffee County Industrial Board maintains a Speculative Building Program, constructing speculative buildings to ensure supply. Hackney also spearheads the assembly and preparation of the 795-acre Interstate Industrial Park. While strategically located along I-24, the site was discovered to have wetlands requiring mitigation. Hackney labored countless hours in negotiations, writing letters and making phone calls. While the process is ongoing, as a result of his efforts, two sites are now available for development, certainly with more to come.

“Ted Hackney works to bring opportunities to his community in a way that all of us respect and admire,” said Bill Shuff, Executive Director of Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association.

“His dedication to his profession and his region is evident in the high quality jobs he has worked to bring to Coffee County in his tenure. For this reason, I believe the Fred Harris Professional of the Year Award is a much-deserved recognition for Hackney.”

“It is an honor to have been recognized by TEDC,” said Hackney. “Whenever your work is recognized by your peers it is always humbling, but I am especially appreciative of this award.”

The Fred H. Harris Professional of the Year Award is presented annually to a member of the Tennessee Economic Development Council for outstanding achievement in economic development. It is given in recognition of the contributions the recipient has made to his or his own community as well as to the state of Tennessee.

The award is given in Honor of Fred Harris, who became a nationally recognized economic development professional during his tenure at the Nashville Chamber. Recipients of the Fred H. Harris award must be nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of TEDC past presidents from the field of nominees.

TEDC is the statewide professional organization for people involved in economic development.  The awards ceremony was held during the TEDC Annual Fall Conference which was held this year in Jackson, TN.