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Tennessee Regions’ Roundtable Lead State and Federal Advisors
Tennessee Department of Transportation
TDOT is a multimodal agency with statewide responsibilities in roadways, aviation, public transit waterways, and railroads. The mission of TDOT is to provide a safe and reliable transportation system for people, goods, and services that support economic prosperity in Tennessee.
Roundtable Contact: Toks Omishakin, Deputy Commissioner
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
TWRA works to preserve, conserve, manage, protect, and enhance the fish and wildlife of the state and their habitats for the use, benefit, and enjoyment of the citizens of Tennessee and its visitors. The Agency will foster the safe use of the state’s waters through a program of law enforcement, education, and access.
Roundtable Contact: Steve Patrick, Assistant Director
Tennessee Office of General Services
The Department of General Services is responsible for providing goods and services to the State government of Tennessee. Its primary customers are other departments and agencies within State government. It also serves vendors wishing to do business with the State, and citizens, and organizations interested in purchasing surplus State property.
Roundtable Contact: Commissioner Bob Oglesby
Tennessee Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations
TACIR serves as a forum for the discussion and resolution of intergovernmental problems; provide high quality research support to state and local government officials in order to improve the overall quality of government in Tennessee; and to improve the effectiveness of the intergovernmental system in order to better serve the citizens of Tennessee.
Roundtable Leadership: Lynnisse Roehrich-Patrick, Executive Director
Tennessee Department of Tourism Development
Roundtable Contact: Lee Curtis, Legislative Liaison
Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation
TDEC is committed to protecting and improving the quality of Tennessee’s air, land, and water. TDEC programs and initiatives protect human health and the environment and support economic development and quality of life through education, outreach and effective enforcement of state and federal environmental laws.
Roundtable Contact: Shari Meghreblian, Deputy Commissioner; Co-Chair
Tennessee Department of Agriculture
Tennessee Department of Agriculture promotes local produce and products and ensures safe and dependable food and fiber for all while conserving our natural resources.
Roundtable Contact: Julius Johnson, Agriculture Commissioner
Tennessee Dept of Economic and Community Development
ECD works to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.
Roundtable Contact: Reggie Mudd, North Middle Tennessee Director; Ted Townsend, Assistant Commissioner for Strategy
Tennessee Department of Health
The Department of Health protects, promote, and improve the health and prosperity of people in Tennessee.
Roundtable Contact: John Dreyzehner, Health Commissioner; Jeff Ockerman, Health Planning Director
Tennessee Housing Development Agency
THDA is Tennessee’s housing finance agency. THDA promotes the production of more affordable new housing units for very low, low and moderate income individuals and families in the state, to promote the preservation and rehabilitation of existing housing units for such persons, and to bring greater stability to the residential construction industry and related industries so as to assure a steady flow of production of new housing units.
Roundtable Contact: Bettie Teasley Sulmers, Director Research and Planning
Tennessee Historic Commission
The Tennessee Historic Commission encourages the inclusive diverse study of Tennessee’s history for the benefit of future generations. The Commission protects, preserves, interprets, operates, maintains, and administers historic sites; marks important locations, persons, and events in Tennessee history; assists in worthy publication projects; reviews, comments on, and identifies projects that will potentially impact state-owned and non-state-owned historic properties; locates, identifies, records, and nominates to the National Register of Historic Places all properties which meet National Register criteria, and implements other programs of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 as amended.
Roundtable Contact: Dan Brown, Certified Local Government Coordinator
University of Tennessee Institute for Public Service
The statewide UT Institute for Public Service (IPS) provides university expertise for communities and workplaces by consulting daily with government, law enforcement and industry leaders.
Roundtable Contact: Chuck Shoopman, Assistant Vice-President
USDA Rural Development – Tennessee State Office
The Tennessee Office is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural Tennessee through programming that supports public facilities and services, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service. The office promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks , credit unions and community-managed lending pools and offers technical assistance and information to help agricultural producers and cooperatives get started and improve the effectiveness of their operations.
Roundtable Contact: Bobby Goode, State Director