Valley Sustainable Communities Program

The Valley Sustainable Communities Program assists communities in identifying and cataloging their sustainable assets and increasing their sustainability commitments. The economic development focus is to increase the community’s competitiveness when companies are looking to invest in new or expanded locations in the Valley. Boyette Strategic Advisors developed and is administering the program. Sustainable economic development balances the need for economic growth with environmental and societal accountability. It ensures a healthy environment, a thriving community, and economic prosperity.


The Valley Sustainable Communities Program has already proved a valuable resource to our communities to better complete Requests for Information (RFIs) from site selection consultants and companies desiring to learn about a community’s sustainable commitment and assets.  Early on, one of our Southeast Tennessee Communities conveyed to us that because of our program that helps catalog a community’s sustainable assets, they were quickly able to answer the questions about their sustainability programs and business environment to provide resources for future generations.

Warby Parker, a new company locating in Nashville, Tennessee, had this to say about the VSC program:

We founded Warby Parker with the goal of demonstrating that for-profit businesses can do good in the world, and acting sustainably has always been an important part of that mission.” - Neil Blumenthal, cofounder and co-CEO.


There are three levels of qualification for communities. These levels are based on the individual community’s sustainable efforts and their sustainable team’s meeting qualification components in the areas of preparation, economic, environmental and societal.

Platinum Communities

A Valley Sustainable Platinum Community has made a significant and comprehensive commitment to sustainability and also has thoroughly integrated economic development into its sustainability efforts.

  • Chattanooga/Hamilton County, Tennessee
  • Franklin, Tennessee
  • Germantown, Tennessee
  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Gold Communities

A Valley Sustainable Gold Community is one that has taken a leadership role in implementing sustainable practices and has made a commitment to sustainability efforts focused on economic development.

  • Athens/McMinn County, Tennessee
  • Blount County, Tennessee
  • Cleveland, Tennessee
  • Cookeville, Tennessee
  • Florence, Alabama
  • Lewisburg, Tennessee
  • Memphis, Shelby County, Tennessee
  • Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Oxford, Mississippi
  • Scottsboro, Alabama
  • Starkville, Mississippi
  • Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Washington County, Tennessee

Silver Communities

A Valley Sustainable Silver Community has community-wide sustainability initiatives in place, with some programs available to support the business community and economic development opportunities.

  • Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Crossville/Cumberland County, Tennessee
  • Fort Payne, Alabama
  • Logan County, Kentucky
  • Maury County, Tennessee
  • McNairy County, Tennessee
  • Morristown/Hamblen County, Tennessee
  • Roane County, Tennessee
  • Wayne County, Tennessee
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