Staff Contact

Frank Tate 
Executive Director
O: 931-245-4348
C: 931-401-6288

Frank Tate is the Executive Director of the Montgomery County Industrial Development Board, a position he has held since July 2018. As the Executive Director, he is responsible for recruiting new business to the area and marketing the Clarksville-Montgomery County Corporate Business. Frank is also tasked to work extensively with existing industry on workforce training, expansion plans, and other needs. Frank is a graduate of Kaplan University where he earned a B.A. Degree while serving in the Navy. Prior to his work with the Industrial Development Board, Frank, an Owensboro, KY native, served in a similar role in McKenzie, TN and also as a regional workforce and economic development director for the State of Kentucky.


James C. Matthews 

Economic Development Coordinator
O: 931-245-4332
C: 931-529-0849

JC came to Clarksville from the small town of Dyersburg,Tenn. by way of Austin Peay State University where he obtained a B.S. degree in Public Management. JC recently obtained his Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Bethel University. He has worked over nine years in the customer service field for various companies in different positions. His role at the IDB has him working closely with consultants and our state partners in gathering, organizing and presenting pertinent information for potential corporate clients. 


Vonda Gates 
Director of Business Development
O: 931-245-4329
C: 931-378-4332

Vonda joined the IDB team in March of 2019 and brings nearly 15 years of economic development experience. An experienced economic development professional she has a passion for community development. Her background includes an extensive history of working with existing business and industry to build relationships fostering capital investment and job growth.

Christy Govea 
Executive Administrative Assistant
O: 931-245-4347
C: 931-216-2729

Originally from the Clarksville area, Christy joined the IDB staff in the fall of 2018. As an experienced administrative professional, she is well versed in facilitating support services and office management for c-suite level executives. Along with serving in administrative roles, Christy has a background in human resources, having been involved with payroll, personnel files, reporting and employee retention programs for a large local industry.




 EDC Support Staff:

Jeff Truitt
Chief Executive Officer
Economic Development Council


Robin Burton
Director of Communications & Marketing
Economic Development Council




Wednesday, October 31, 2018

During the November 5 informal county commission meeting, Commissioners will be presented with a resolution to approve three air monitoring stations on two sites in the Clarksville-Montgomery County Corporate Business Park South along International Boulevard.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

With the recent news that the State of Tennessee now ranks number five in the nation for median household income growth, it is time to take notice and pay attention to how Clarksville-Montgomery County stacks up.

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