Staff Biography

Stephen Crook
Vice President, Economic Development

Stephen Crook joined the Cookeville Chamber of Commerce’s economic development program in January of 2013. As Vice President of Economic Development for the Highlands Economic Partnership, Stephen Crook leads the regional program responsible for business expansion, community development, marketing and attraction, and incentive negotiation & compliance. In this role, Mr. Crook played a key role in the recruitment of 4,700 new job commitments representing over $450M in capital investment over the past six and a half years. In addition to his role in Economic Development, Mr. Crook also oversees the Highlands Workforce Development & Education and Legislative Advocacy programs.

Mr. Crook has served on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Economic Partnership, and currently serves as President of the Local Workforce Development Board for the Upper Cumberland Area. Stephen holds a degree in Political Science from Tennessee Tech University and is a graduate of Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute.

Stephen is a proud Cookeville native and lives there with his wife, Hayley.