CLINTONâ€”Anderson County Mayor Terry Frank has been elected treasurer of the East Tennessee Development Districtâ€™s board of directors as well as treasurer of the East Tennessee Human Resource Agencyâ€™s Board and Policy Council.
The ETHRA Board and Policy Council meetings are held in coordination with the East Tennessee Development District. This combined meeting offers members a wider opportunity to discuss issues concerning the 16 county governments that comprise both the ETHRA and ETDD boards.
ETHRA has several advisory groups that provide an important community partnership link with the executive director. They include groups such as Workforce LWIA4, Council on Aging and Disability, and Correctional Services among others.
The East Tennessee Development District, or ETDD, is a voluntary association of municipal and county governments that are located in the mid-east region of Tennessee. ETDD provides 16 counties and 56 municipalities with planning and development services while also serving as a forum for local governments to solve common problems associated with economic development and growth.
â€œBoth ETHRA and ETDD play a vital role in our area when it comes to meeting needs, solving problems, and planning for the future,â€ Frank said. â€œI have loved my time serving on the board, and look forward to being even more involved as treasurer. Both organizations have excellent leadership and team partners, and I am excited about working with them more closely.
â€œThese organizations are a great example of how partnering empowers our region. For example, each county could not realistically afford to have its own expert on board who is skilled in administering all the environmental oversight necessary for a sewer extension,” Frank said. “However, by joining together as a 16-county region, ETDD is able to finance a skilled team who can provide that type of assistance to all 16 counties and 56 municipalities. Thatâ€™s a win-win for us individually, and together.â€
Organized in 1966, ETDD continues to be a vital force in helping local governments plan for the future by coordinating the establishment of regional and local priorities within the fields of economic and community development, according to its website, www.etdd.org.
The East Tennessee Human Resource Agency is a regional service agency, organized under The Human Resource Agency Act of 1973. There are nine HRAs across the state, according to ETHRAâ€™s website, www.ethra.org.
Frank has served as Anderson Countyâ€™s representative on the ETDD and ETHRA boards since her election to office in 2012.