Nomination applications open for LinkTenn Awards

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development is accepting online nominations for the 2010 LinkTenn Awards honoring Tennessee communities and organizations who have achieved outstanding economic development marketing through the use of their websites. The awards will be presented Sept. 16 and 17 at the 57th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development at the Nashville Convention Center.

“The Internet is now the front door for economic development recruiting, as it is for many other aspects of business,” said Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development commissioner Matt Kisber. “A community’s website can mean the difference between a business pursuing Tennessee as a new home or moving on to the next state. The communities we honor are making great strides in their marketing strategies, and I am glad to be able to reward them for those efforts.”

Criteria for judging the websites includes: quality of data and informative content on topics such as available buildings and sites, labor and workforce, and transportation and infrastructure; use of maps; recent news; interactivity and use of links; ease of navigation and overall visual appeal.

For a compete list of judging criteria and to submit an online nomination, visit the LinkTenn website at www.tn.gov/ecd/GovConf10/index.html. The deadline for applications is Aug. 20, 2010. Applicants will be scored by a panel of economic development professionals.

Questions related to the application process can be e-mailed to Nicole Gagliano at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development at Nicole.Gagliano@tn.gov or by calling 615-253-1390.

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