TBR works to develop and support pro-business policy through fact-based research and analysis on issues affecting Tennessee’s business community.

Competitiveness

Tennessee Business Roundtable members believe strongly that one of the pillars of Tennessee’s economy is a business climate with sensible tax and regulatory burdens and sound state fiscal policies. The Roundtable opposes policies and initiatives that might negatively affect Tennessee's ability to remain competitive.

The Tennessee Business Roundtable favors changes to our nation’s current tax system that promote the growth of Tennessee’s economy, and the well-being and success of Tennessee families. The United States currently has the highest corporate tax rate of all industrialized countries, which hinders not only investments in and by Tennessee companies, but also job opportunities and higher wages for our state’s workers. Tennessee job-creators and wage-earners need and deserve relief from high rates, complex rules and competitive disadvantages created by the current system.

Tennessee’s economic success, both today and tomorrow, relies upon its ability to efficiently move goods and people within and through our state—especially for vital Tennessee business sectors like manufacturing, logistics and agriculture. Tennessee Business Rountable supports updating TN's user-fee-based transportation funding system to meet 21st-century realities. 

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Judicial Selection

The Tennessee Business Roundtable strongly supports our constitutional system of three distinct branches of government with a strong and independent judicial branch. An independent judiciary is absolutely essential for a government of laws and a system of commerce that can flourish to provide good jobs for our citizens. For that reason, TBR supported and advocated in favor of Constitutional Amendment 2 which ultimately passed in 2014.

Education

Since its inception, TBR leaders have understood the need for a robust education system. In order to have a thriving economy, an educated populace is a necessity. Rigorous standards, high expectations of students, and aligned assessments are the building blocks of a prepared workforce. Below are some ways that TBR helps to ensure that Tennesseans are graduating with the skills necessary to be successful.

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Pathways Tennessee

TBR is a member of the Pathways TN State Planning Team. Pathways aims to provide Tennessee students rigorous academic/career pathways, which are linked to economic and labor market needs and trends.

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College Completion Academies

To date, the Roundtable has hosted 7 College Completion Academies, which are intensive two-day meetings designed to provide strategic planning support to two-year and four-year institutions and the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology as they think through goals in key priorities.

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New Skills for Youth Grant Team

TBR is a member of Tennessee's NSFY Grant Team, which helped the state bring home one of ten $2 million dollar grants to focus on career readiness and increasing the number of students graduating with a degree or credential in high-skilled, in-demand industries.

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Work-Based Learning

TBR convened a statewide Summit meeting of 140 business and education leaders to discuss the use of Work-Based Learning (WBL) at the high school level as a way of enriching the talent pipeline into high-need industries across the state.

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TN Reconnect Grant

The TBR Foundation received a $350,000 grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help adults “Reconnect” to finish college degrees. Due to this grant, 64,094 adult Tennesseans visited the TN Reconnect website and 8,509 visitors got information and personal assistance toward re-enrollment.

Health

A vibrant economy is dependent upon a healthy populace. Healthy citizens are more productive, lead to less costly insurance premiums, miss fewer work and/or school days, and  reduce turnover in the workplace.

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Coalition for a Healthy TN

The Roundtable led a coalition of a wide variety of businesses who advocated for the expansion of Medicaid in Tennessee based on the positive economic impact that expansion would bring to the state.

Workforce

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Educating the Workforce of Tomorrow

TBR partnered with the State Collaborative on Reforming Education to develop and release a brief entitled “Educating the Workforce of Tomorrow: Postsecondary And Career Readiness In Tennessee.” Intended as an informational resource for policy-makers, candidates, and advocates in business, education and communities, the brief summarizes Tennessee’s current state-, regional- and local-level responses to our state’s readiness challenges.

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Educating the Workforce of Tomorrow: Action Items

Building on the full report, this one-pager lists what regional and local leaders and employers can do to start building Tennessee's workforce. Click the link above to find out what steps you can take today to start developing your talent pipeline.

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Work-Based Learning

TBR convened a statewide Summit meeting of 140 business and education leaders to discuss the use of Work-Based Learning (WBL) at the high school level as a way of enriching the talent pipeline into high-need industries across the state.