In 2009, the South Central TN Workforce Alliance was granted $5M by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to purchase the former Saturn Corporate Headquarters in Spring Hill. The plan was to transform it into a multifaceted facility housing: educational and workforce development training; a conference center; and commercial space.
Starting in September of 2009, the SCTWA began working with area training providers to offer training to dislocated GM workers and suppliers. Thanks to the generous cooperation of GM, their roadway was used for initial access to the Northfield building and then for the use of a temporary lane for an additional 12 months.
In July of 2011, City of Spring Hill was approved by their Board of Alderman to take ownership of the land and responsibility of all future maintenance of a new roadway that needed to be constructed for public access to the Northfield building.
The preliminary stages for the road began in January of 2012, with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. It was then officially identified as State Industrial Access Serving the Workforce Development & Conference Center at Northfield, and was awarded at $743,000. The usual 18 month process was fast tracked and was completed in a record 8 months. The roadway named Northfield Lane is now used by over 1,200 workers and students daily.
At each SCTWA quarterly board meeting they recognize a partner, employer and youth of that quarter. This quarter’s partner is TDOT and City of Spring Hill (in recognition of all the hard work and cooperation needed in the construction of the new Northfield Lane access road to the Northfield building…off of hwy 31). We are even more excited that the Deputy Commissioner of TDOT will be coming to accept the award.
What: South Central TN Workforce Alliance Board Meeting…our co-partners of the quarter are TDOT and City of Spring Hill
Who: SCTWBoard members and general public
Where: Northfield building in Spring Hill, door #1
When: Wednesday, January 9th 11:30 am
Category: Events, Fundraisers & Announcements