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.
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.
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.
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 award must be nominated by their peers and selected by a committee of TEDC past presidents from the field of nominees.