My administration recently announced the Tennessee Promise, a program that guarantees high school graduates two years at a community or technical college absolutely free of tuition and fees. The Tennessee Promise is the only program of its kind in the nation, and it builds on the progress we're making in K-12. Last year Tennessee was named the fastest-improving state in the nation in academic achievement.
Education is a top priority in Tennessee. Our progress in K-12 and focus on workforce development makes it clear that Tennessee is supporting the development of a better-educated and highly trained workforce on a long-term basis.
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Tennessee has also invested for the long term in a broader international footprint to ensure our state is firmly entrenched in the new, global economy.
Our state now has offices courting foreign direct investment in Japan, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Canada. We also have offices seeking export opportunities for Tennessee companies in Mexico, China, Japan and the EU.
This investment demonstrates Tennessee's commitment to competing globally for business and jobs, which is not something most states can claim.
Our efforts are paying off with some of the highest-profile companies in the world choosing to call Tennessee home.