The Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council (EDC) is pleased to announce Suzanne W. Langford as the Chairman of the Board for the 2020-2021 term. Langford is the Middle Tennessee Senior Market Executive at Planters Bank and has long been involved in the economic development of the community; previously serving as Industrial Development Board (IDB) Chair for the 2019-2020 term, as well as Secretary-Treasurer of the IDB for the 2017-2018 term. Langford also is a member of the EDC Central Business Improvement District Committee (CBID) Planning and Development Committee, whose mission is to attract, retain and promote investment that will stimulate economic growth and enhance quality living within Clarksville's Downtown and Riverfront areas. The first initiative of Langford and the EDC, for the 2020-2021 term, is the hiring of an EDC President/Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The organization is currently actively conducting an executive search and hopes to have the role filled by the end of the year.
Also serving on the Economic Development Board Executive Committee for the July 2020 - July2021 term are; Ginna Holleman, EDC Chair-Elect and Clarksville Visitor Bureau (Visit Clarksville) Chair; Kyle Luther, EDC Secretary-Treasurer and Clarksville Visitors Bureau (Visit Clarksville) Immediate Past-Chair; Wally Crow Industrial Development Board Chair; Khandra Smalley, Industrial Development Board Chair-Elect; Paul Turner, Chamber of Commerce Chair; Ron Bailey, Chamber of Commerce Chair-Elect; Keith Bennett, Chamber of Commerce Immediate Past-Chair; and Matt Cunningham, Clarksville Visitor Bureau Chair-Elect. Tom Kane, President/CEO of Fortera Credit Union, completed a term of service EDC Board of Directors, as the EDC Chair on June 30, 2020.
The EDC is organized to develop, direct, and maintain economic development strategies to further and advance the general welfare and economic prosperity of Clarksville-Montgomery County and the surrounding area. The EDC has been jointly organized by the Industrial Development Board for Clarksville-Montgomery County, the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce and Visit Clarksville (Convention and Visitors Bureau). The organization actively works to bring new industries to Clarksville, support existing businesses, and maintain our high standards of living with arts, entertainment, and hospitality. The EDC quarterly meetings are open to the public and notice is posted at the Economic Development Council office, City Hall and the Montgomery County Courts Complex, and online at clarksvillepartnership.com/contactus/meetings.