Clarksville, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County Industrial Development Board (IDB) hosted the fifth annual, two-day ‘Red Carpet Community Tour’ for site selection consultants on June 9-10. Scheduled during the CMT Awards show, the event is designed to give attendees first-hand exposure to the assets that Clarksville-Montgomery County and the surrounding area have to offer.
Red Carpet event participants included site selection and incentive consultants, analysts and advisors who are shown the many facets of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community that could pique the interest of a potential prospect including the Corporate Business Park, Clarksville Marina, Austin Peay State University and the Wilma Rudolph retail corridor.
In a working lunch, Mike Evans, Executive Director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County IDB, discussed area’s available assets in detail with particular attention to the locally available skilled workforce that includes veterans and skilled workers that originate from the continuing education triangle of Austin Peay State University, Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Nashville State Community College; along with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System’s innovative career academies. He also described the critical role of Workforce Essentials to provide ongoing support for businesses and individual career seekers.
“The annual Red Carpet event has proven to be one of the most effective ways for the IDB to stand apart from the crowd as we engage consultants and put our community on display,” said Clarksville-Montgomery County IDB Executive Director, Mike Evans. “It also allows us to recognize and thank the community partners who champion growth and support our team’s efforts.”
On the evening of their arrival, guests are treated to an exclusive reception featuring award-winning songwriter, Rivers Rutherford. The two-day event is topped off with tickets to the CMT Awards show that was held at Bridgestone Arena on June 10.
“The Red Carpet Tour is an opportunity to bring influential people and businesses into our community and demonstrate that Clarksville-Montgomery County’s assets are like nothing else in this region. Top rated public schools, a skilled workforce, and high quality of life with low cost of living make it easy for us to show guests that we are one of the nation’s most compelling locations for industrial growth,” added Mayor Jim Durrett.
The Industrial Development Board along with Mayor Jim Durrett, representatives of the IDB and Aspire Boards, Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and RJ Corman Railroad Group played an active role in the event by attending the reception and various parts of the tour to serve as knowledgeable resources and help tell the story of the Clarksville-Montgomery County community.
“The success of the Red Carpet Tour is attributed to the Aspire Foundation for their generous funding and the community leaders who work alongside the IDB to represent and promote the assets of Clarksville-Montgomery County,” said Cal Wray, Executive Director of the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council.