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Philip Oldham
Economic Development
Philip Oldham, Vice Chair
Objective: To facilitate in the creation and retention of quality, primary jobs for the citizens of Putnam County and the region through a targeted and comprehensive marketing plan and program via public/private partnerships through the Highlands Economic Partnership (HEP).
  • Putnam County Economic Development Contact Team
    Philip Oldham
    Objective: 
    To be the catalyst in the creation of 21st Century jobs for the citizens of Putnam County and the Highlands region.
    Tactics: 
    Serve as the “point of contact” and virtual sales team for Cookeville, Algood, Baxter, Monterey, and Putnam County.
    Provide support and input for the 2015 Marketing Plan and Program of Work of the HEP.
  • Existing Industry Committee
    Randy Adams
    Objective: 
    To partner with industry leaders to maintain a comprehensive business retention and expansion program that provides information and resources necessary to enable existing industries to thrive.
    Tactics: 
    Continue local industry visitation program (minimum goal of three per month) with emphasis upon expansion, retention, and problem solving.
    Sponsor annual May salute to industry recognition program and activities.
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Community Development & Public Policy Division
Mark Odom, Vice Chair
Objective: To improve the quality of life in Cookeville and Putnam County, and serve as the “voice of business” at all levels of government.
  • Adopt-A-School Program
    Sandra Funderburk
    Objective: 
    To provide tangible ways for chamber members to support the public schools in Putnam County, this program was launched in 1989. The program provides numerous options for organizations to make an impact in the school/s of their choice.
    Tactics: 
    Expand the number of adopters by 10% in 2015.
    Coordinate and plan all adoption ceremonies with schools, adopters and Chancellor Thurman. Provide ongoing assistance to existing adopters and schools.
    Plan and host an annual adopt-a-school meeting to celebrate and showcase the school and adopter partnerships.
    Meet bi-monthly with committee to strategize ways of attracting new adopters, to plan and to execute the program throughout the year.
  • Community Appearance Committee
    Jill Horner
    Objective: 
    To develop a program to improve our community and region’s aesthetic appearance and first visual impression by developing and implementing an improvement program with emphasis on major entranceways.
    Tactics: 
    Continue to implement the action plan and explore funding opportunities.
  • Highlands Health and Wellness Committee (regional)
    Debbie Johnson
    Objective: 
    To foster the development of a healthier workforce and work with region’s medical community to expand services, with emphasis upon physician recruitment.
    Tactics: 
    Continue to promote wellness and healthy lifestyle choices through the Highlands Fitness program.
    Assist Cookeville Regional Medical Center and other medical facilities in recruitment of more physicians to Highlands region.
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Organizational Development Division
David Price, Vice Chair
Objective: To strengthen the organizational and financial structure of the chamber for greater service to membership with emphasis on recruitment, retention, benefits and engagement.
  • Ambassadors Committee
    Angela Regitko
    Objective: 
    To serve as the chamber’s volunteer public relations team and assist the chamber in membership recruitment and retention.
    Tactics: 
    Maintain a team of 30 ambassadors.
    Recognize ambassadors with “Ambassador of the Year” program.
    Continue milestone membership anniversary program.
    Create a member outreach program to “adopt” new members by obtaining feedback, reminding them of events, meeting them at events, introducing them to members, ensuring their needs are being met and addressing any concerns.
    Contact members to show appreciation and improve retention rate.
    Track member contacts for accountability and reporting purposes.
    Assist in new member recruiting.
    Assist in moving members to tiered dues.
    Represent the chamber at networking events, ribbon cuttings and groundbreakings.
  • Membership Tiered Dues Campaign
    David Price
    Objective: 
    To ensure financial stability and increase value of memberships, giving members a choice of their level of investment level.
    Tactics: 
    Tiered dues investment table established.
    Training of staff and volunteers on selling tiered dues.
    Membership campaign roll-out of the tiered dues in September.
  • Annual Meeting Committee
    Don Viar
    Objective: 
    To provide membership with a program that is recognized as one of the premier annual business events in the region.
    Tactics: 
    Plan and execute the 2015 Annual Meeting first quarter of 2016. Coordinating all aspects of the event including logistics, speaker, sponsorships, ticket sales and marketing.
    Create an Annual Meeting Committee to begin planning the event the last quarter of 2015 and to schedule the event the first quarter of 2016.
  • Membership Golf Tournament Committee
    James Massengille
    Objective: 
    To provide a quality golf outing and membership networking opportunity to promote relationship building in an alternative setting.
    Tactics: 
    Plan and execute the 2015 Annual Membership Golf Tournament Friday before Memorial Day weekend coordinating all aspects of the event including logistics, registration, sponsorships and marketing.
  • Small Business Expo Committee
    Mike Grosklaus
    Objective: 
    To provide semi-annual tabletop expos for members to showcase and promote their respective products and services.
    Tactics: 
    Plan and execute the 2015 spring and fall Small Business Expos coordinating all aspects of the events including logistics, sponsorships and marketing.
    Open the event up to the public.
  • Chamber Networking Events
    Objective: 
    To provide a range of networking opportunities for members to engage, and learn and develop long-term, meaningful relationships in a variety of settings.
    Tactics: 
    Business Before Hours: Bi-monthly meetings that encourage and promote interaction of members and featured key leaders to discuss relevant and timely topics pertaining to business and community developments.
    Business After Hours: Held quarterly in the evening, bringing together upwards of 250 business leaders for networking, door prizes, hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.
    Business Coffees: Communicate with the business communities in the cities of Algood, Baxter, Cookeville and Monterey to network and gain input and suggestions from our partners.
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Highlands Economic Partnership
Highlands Economic Partnership
Jonathan West, Vice Chair
Objective: The Highlands Economic Partnership, launched in 2006, by the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, is a collaborative, public/private sector program designed to boost economic and community development in Jackson, Overton, Putnam and White counties. Now in Phase III Year II, the chamber continues to support its regional economic and community development program.
  • Strategy I: Economic Development
    Objective: 
    Be a catalyst in the creation and retention of 1,500, 21st century jobs through effective cooperation with Highlands partners.
  • Strategy II: Workforce Development & Education
    Objective: 
    Provide the Highlands with a 21st century workforce by improving education attainment and job readiness of our current and future workforce through enhanced training, education, skill development, and work-based learning opportunities to match the needs of targeted and existing industries.
  • Strategy III: Community Development & Advocacy
    Objective: 
    Recognizing that community development precedes economic development and companies are attracted to thriving communities with vibrant downtowns, retail centers, and attractive parks and green-ways, HEP will focus on programs to enhance the quality of life for the region.
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Convention & Visitors Bureau
David Prowse, Vice Chair, Vice Chair
Objective: To promote Putnam County as a tourist destination through public/private partnerships and by encouraging local citizens and visitors to discover the community’s sports and recreational opportunities, scenic back roads, arts and crafts, historical sites, musical heritage, shopping and dining venues. To be a catalyst in attracting resourceful retirees to the county and region who will become net economic assets.
  • Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board
    David Prowse, Chair
    Tactics: 
    Work with local, state and regional partners to enhance awareness of Putnam County’s attractions, dining, lodging, shopping and recreational opportunities.
    Develop and engage a more active CVB council through work sessions with state partners and review and enforcement of terms.
    Develop and structure a stronger, more specialized CVB staff.
    Educate and engage with hospitality partners on a higher, more frequent level in order to build relationships and generate a broader team effort toward overall growth in visitor development.
    Assist in attraction and event development with a focus on increasing overnight stays to Putnam County.
    Sales & Marketing
    Conduct work sessions and increased partnerships with city and county partners to determine long-term overall sustainability options for the CVB overall (including sports council)
    Retiree Recruitment
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