What We Do


2017 Chamber Ambassadors

Pictured: L to R, Back Row - Ian Robson, Julie Callahan, Tracy Hughes, Tibet Dycus, Kathy Dunn, Kathy Dunn, James Massengille, Jennifer Wheeler, Hannah Davis, Jeremiah Miller

L to R, Front Row: Lavonda Moore, Tracey Duncan, Jewel Miller, Avery Hutchins, Dianne Callahan, Brandon Parrish, Amber Tice, Lee Wray, Karen Brown, and David York

Community Development & Public Policy Division

The Community Development Division exists to facilitate public/private partnerships to enhance the quality of life for citizens and serve as the “voice of business” in Cookeville and Putnam County. Programs include the Adopt-a-School program, the Cookeville Christmas Parade, and the Community Appearance Committee.

Economic Development Division

The Economic Development Division seeks to create and retain jobs and promote the region through targeted and comprehensive programs like the Highlands Industrial Trade Show, the Existing Industry Committee, the Workforce Development & Education Committee, the Industrial Development Board, and the Joint Economic and Community Development Board (JECDB).

Organizational Development Division

The Organizational Development Division strengthens the organizational structure for greater service to chamber membership with an emphasis on recruitment, retention, benefits and services. Programs like the Ambassadors Committee, Small Business Expo Committee, Membership Golf Tournament Committee, and the Annual Meeting Committee all work to ensure the success of chamber membership.

Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Cookeville-Putnam County Convention & Visitors Bureau exists 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. The Convention & Visitors Bureau also seeks to be a catalyst in attracting resourceful retirees and relocating citizens to the county and region that will become economic assets.

Highlands Economic Partnership

The Highlands Economic Partnership is recognized as a best-practice model of public/private cooperation, not only in our region, but throughout the entire state of Tennessee.

Founded in 2006 by the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce, the Highlands Economic Partnership exists to improve the quality of life regionally through job generation and retention, workforce development and community advocacy.

With 80+ investors spanning a four-county region of Jackson, Overton, Putnam and White Counties, it is clear that the region is committed towards the vision of a better future with the belief that together we can more effectively and efficiently achieve our vision.