- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee is creating a new task force to advance economic development in rural Tennessee.

Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd said in a news release the Rural Development Task Force is being created to help rural areas of the state reach the same economic success as urban areas. Goals include recruiting new businesses, increasing educational attainment, supporting rural entrepreneurship, promoting rural tourism and supporting agri-business.

The task force will include members of the state legislature along with leaders from many state agencies and other public and private parties.

Boyd and Gov. Bill Haslam announced the creation of the task force on Monday. It will begin meeting next month.

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