Who We Are
Aspire Clarksville is a 501(c)(3), Charitable Foundation whose mission is to continuously improve the economy and the livability (quality of life) of the community by attracting significant capital investment and expansion by businesses and corporations, thereby creating better opportunities and higher paying jobs for our residents…which will lead to long-term prosperity for Clarksville-Montgomery County. The Aspire Clarksville Foundation serves all investors as a the collaborative mechanism that pulls together the collective leadership of the private and public sectors in order to stimulate strategic economic growth. Core functions of this innovative partnership include:
- Facilitate the rapid, well-coordinated and most effective response to existing and prospective business needs;
- Coordinate the creation and retention of primary and secondary jobs in the Clarksville-Montgomery County area thereby generating new earnings and capital investment;
- Develop and promote a unified, compelling image of Clarksville-Montgomery County to targeted industry clusters;
- Strengthen and maximize the relationships of Clarksville and Montgomery County with its implementing partners in regional and state economic and community development organizations, and public works and planning agencies;
- Oversee execution of a five-year program of work in cooperation with pro-business implementing partners;
- Maintain a high degree of accountability to all program investors and other relevant stakeholders by benchmarking performance and communicating measurable, meaningful results.
Clarksville-Montgomery County has changed drastically since the Aspire Clarksville program was created in 1997. Improvements include:
- We are the second fastest growing MSA and the fifth fastest growing city in the nation. (U.S. Census 2013)
- Both the city and county's populations have grown more than 35% in the last decade.
- New and existing companies have invested more than $4.5 billion, adding 7,002 direct jobs.
- Tourism spending in 2015 topped $205 million.
- Annual Retail Sales have grown to $2.52 billion annually.
- Residential building continues to expand:
- 389 single-family building permits totaling $152 million were issued in 2015.
- During the nationwide housing crisis of 2008, Clarksville-Montgomery County continued to post housing appreciation.
Aspire has been a strong catalyst for change in the local economy. For Clarksville-Montgomery County to remain competitive with other communities in our state, region and across the country, we will need the resources to effectively execute the Strategic Economic Development Blueprint incorporated in the new five-year plan. The time is now to continue the momentum with a clear Focus on the Future.