11/21/16: Governor Bill Haslam
In his annual address to the Rotary Club of Nashville, Governor Haslam will speak about the state’s progress in economic development, creating jobs, higher education, including Tennessee Promise, and other initiatives.
Since taking office in 2011, Tennessee students have been the fastest improving in the country in academic achievement. High school graduation rates are at an all-time high, and Tennessee is the first state in the nation to offer high school graduates two years of community or technical college free of tuition and fees.
More than 330,000 private sector jobs have been created, and Tennessee has been ranked No. 1 for advanced industry job growth,
Working with the Tennessee General Assembly, the governor and his administration have cut more than $500 million in recurring spending, shrunk state government by 5 percent, balanced the budget every year, kept taxes low, ensured Tennessee has the lowest debt in the country and more than doubled the state’s savings account. Tennessee has been ranked the third best managed state in the nation, and for only the second time in state history, has been awarded a triple, triple-A bond rating.