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 businesses to the area and marketing the Clarksville-Montgomery County Corporate Business. Frank is also tasked to work extensively with the 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 

Director of Economic Development
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 and has 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 businesses and industries 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.




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Michelle Hueffmeier
Director of Communications & Marketing
Economic Development Council




Tuesday, August 4, 2020

The Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board (IDB) is pleased to announce Wally Crow as the Chairman of the Board for the 2020-2021 term. Crow previously served as IDB Chair for the 2016-2017 term and has an extensive history in commercial and industrial contracting, project management, civil engineering and planning.

Friday, July 10, 2020

 “As we take time to reflect on the success and the accomplishments our great community has seen this past year I am pleased to share that the economic development efforts of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board (IDB) have impacted the prosperity of every business, friend, family, and neighbor in Montgomery County and throughout the region,” said Frank Tate, Executive Director, Industrial Development Board. “The IDB is a community organization, that was established in 1963, designed to market growth and foster job development by creating an environment that provides progress and a high quality of life for our citizens. Our strategy is simple, to put the county in a competitive position to grow, attract and retain the types of companies we desire.”

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