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November 6, 2014
 

TN ECD names two new regional directors

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NASHVILLE — The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development announced recently two new regional directors for the state. 

Gary Human

Gary Human

Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced that Gary Human has been named East Tennessee regional director.  Human will be responsible for leading the state’s economic development efforts in the area that serves Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Hamblen, Jefferson, Knox, Loudon, Monroe, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier and Union counties.

“Gary will be an outstanding fit in his new role as regional director, and I believe he will continue to build upon the positive economic development momentum that flows through the East Tennessee region. “The experience he has gained from working with our department for the past ten years has helped him form meaningful relationships throughout East Tennessee, and I look forward to seeing the impact he’ll make as regional director,” Commissioner Bill Hagerty said.

Human will serve as the primary point of contact for existing industry expansions and will help attract new businesses, align workforce development strategies and support other regional economic and rural development initiatives.

Prior to his appointment as regional director, Human served as a business development consultant in East Tennessee covering eight counties including two separate industrial development boards in Oak Ridge and the Tellico Resource Development Agency.

Before joining TNECD, Human was employed with the East Tennessee Human Resources Agency (ETHRA), the Roane Alliance and Roane County Industrial Development Board.

Human is a graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration.

In addition: Exum to Assist with Existing Industry Expansions and New Business Recruitment

Tracey Exum

Tracey Exum

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development also announced that Tracey Exum has been named Southwest Tennessee regional director. Exum will be responsible for leading the state’s economic development efforts in the area that serves Chester, Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Madison and McNairy counties.

“Tracey will be an outstanding fit in her new role as regional director, and I believe she will continue to build upon the positive economic development momentum that flows through the Southwest Tennessee region. “The experience she has gained from working with our department for the past 18 years has helped her form meaningful relationships throughout West Tennessee, and I look forward to seeing the impact she’ll make as regional director,” Commissioner Bill Hagerty said.

Exum will serve as the primary point of contact for existing industry expansions and will help attract new businesses, align workforce development strategies and support other regional economic and rural development initiatives.

Prior to her appointment as regional director, Exum served as a business development consultant in Southwest Tennessee. From 2009 to 2011, she chaired the Memphis Regional Economic Development Council and spearheaded the effort which led to the creation of a three-state, 54-county Workforce Analysis & Labor Market Assessment.

Before joining TNECD, Exum worked in hotel management and public relations. Exum earned a master’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee. Exum earned a master’s degree in business administration from Middle Tennessee State University and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee. She is also a graduate of the University of Oklahoma Economic Development Institute.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development:

Tennessee was named “2013 State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine. The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tn.gov/ecd. Follow us on Twitter: @tnecd.  Like us on Facebook: facebook.com/tnecd.



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