LINK Staff Graduate from Tennessee Valley Authority Leadership, Workforce Institutes


LINK Staff Graduate from Tennessee Valley Authority Leadership, Workforce Institutes

Golden Triangle, Mississippi – Meryl Fisackerly and Macaulay Whitaker recently completed their respective programs to graduate from two economic development institutes offered by the Tennessee Valley Authority.

“These training courses are essential to developing our staff and making sure we’re competing at the highest level,” said Joe Max Higgins, Jr., CEO of the Golden Triangle Development LINK. “TVA offers great programs and our staff members are enrolled in continuing education courses like these at all times.”

On Friday, March 6 in Nashville, at the TVA Economic Development Forum Fisackerly graduated from the Tennessee Valley Authority Rural Leadership Institute.

TVA founded the institute to combat the discrepancy between mid- to larger communities, which often have dedicated and well-trained economic development professionals and organizations, and smaller communities and rural areas, which are often filling in an economic development gap with chamber members or local power company officials wearing multiple hats.

The annual set of courses offers four two-day intensive workshops on these topics:
• Developing leadership and interpersonal skills
• Communications and networking
• Understanding TVA’s role
• Creating a compelling incentive package

At the same event, Whitaker graduated from the Tennessee Valley Authority Workforce Institute. Introduced in 2016, The Valley Workforce Institute, a four-session course where TVA personnel train local economic development teams on recruitment and retention of talent, and sales and leadership skills in order to close deals.


About the Golden Triangle Development LINK:
The Golden Triangle Development LINK is the nationally recognized, regional economic development organization
for Clay, Lowndes and Oktibbeha counties. Located in Northeast Mississippi, the GTR LINK’s current record of
investment totals $6.2 billion and more than 6,000 jobs.

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