Red Carpet Tour 2014

Posted by: Cal Wray on Friday, June 6, 2014

Good Afternoon All,

As promised, I want to update you on another endeavor funded by the Aspire Foundation.

Event Overview:
The Clarksville-Montgomery County Red Carpet Tour is designed to bring Site Location Consultants, Company Executives, and Economic Development Partners to our community to share our assets, industrial sites and buildings, quality of life, and workforce with key national and international decision makers and influencers.


Economic Development Team:
Mike Evans
Emily Jones
Cal Wray

Targeted Attendees:
Didi Caldwell Global Location Strategies
Jay Garner Garner Economics
Lucas Hankins KPMG
Mike Michalski MCS Strategies
Alexandra Segers SSOE
Kimberly Williams McCallum Sweeney
Company Executive Northeast United States Area

Local and Regional Partners:
Mayor Carolyn Bowers Montgomery County
Phil Harpel Montgomery County
Wally Crow Industrial Development Board
Dick Batson Industrial Development Board
Joyce Norris Industrial Development Board
Charlie Foust Aspire Foundation Board
Tommy Bates Aspire Foundation Board
Pat Finney Hemlock Semiconductor, LLC
John Watz Workforce Essentials
John Bradley TVA
Heidi Smith TVA
Brad Maul TVA
Bob Helton RJ Corman
Chase Armstrong RJ Corman
Allen Borden TN Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Reggie Mudd TN Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Jamari Brown TN Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Jamie Stitt TN Dept. of Economic & Community Development
Chassen Haynes TN Dept. of Economic & Community Development

Tuesday, June 3, 2014 – Wednesday, June 4, 2014

To further the recruitment of Industrial Prospects by showing companies and site locators first-hand the assets that Clarksville and Montgomery County can offer to industries looking for locations and expansions.

1. 6 Site Location Professionals in Montgomery County
2. 1 Company with potential investment visiting the community
3. IDB Sites and buildings being toured
4. Expected Ability to make proposals to 2 current projects being worked by the consultants.
5. Excellent exposure to some of the nation’s premiere site location firms.

Because of your investments into the Aspire Foundation, important initiatives like the Red Carpet Tour are able to be executed in a quality manner that directly impacts the recruitment of industry to our community.

Below is the itinerary that the Aspire Foundation was able to fund and the Industrial Development Team was able to execute:


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Arrival Day

Check-in Omni, downtown Nashville
250 Fifth Ave South, 37201

5:30pm CST Meet ED Team in Omni Lobby for departure to Songwriter Reception

6:00pm Songwriter Reception featuring Rivers Rutherford
Cellar One
170 Second Ave North
Regional ED Partners in attendance include TN Department of ECD, TVA, board members & local Foundation Investors

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

8:45am Meet ED Team in Omni Lobby for departure to Clarksville

10:00am Driving Tour of Clarksville-Montgomery County to include:
Corporate Business Park & North Expansion
Retail Corridor
Austin Peay State University
Historical Downtown
Liberty Park/Clarksville Marina

11:30am Working Lunch at Economic Development Council Office, Aspire Room
Special Guests:
David Smith, DBS Engineering
Wally Crow, Industrial Development Board
Harold Riggins, Fort Campbell ACAP

12:15pm Depart Clarksville for Nashville Omni

Afternoon Free time in Nashville

4:00pm Reception at Omni in Music Row 4 Room

6:00pm Depart Reception for CMT Awards at Bridgestone Area

7:00pm CMT Awards Show

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Departure Day

As you can see we had a great agenda for our guests and were able to show them many items in Montgomery County that are critical as they assess sites and communities for their clients.

I would like to commend Mike Evans and Emily Jones for pulling off the event with excellence from start to finish.

Finally, RJ Corman invested added support by providing our transportation and for helping in our discussions on logistics and their endeavors for making Clarksville a major hub of logistics. Their participation was essential in helping these site locators add data to their matrix on our community.


For Reference in the EDC Strategic Blueprint:

Strategy: Market Clarksville-Montgomery County to targeted audiences across the globe.

Actions: Continue to host your own site consultant and business influencer events in Clarksville-Montgomery County,
building the itinerary around major cultural or sports events in the region (e.g., the County Music Awards event in 2013).


As always please feel free to give any feedback or let me know if you have any questions.


Friday, January 11, 2019

The Clarksville-Montgomery County, Tenn. Economic Development Council (EDC) Executive Committee is pleased to announce they have received commitment from Jeff M. Truitt, 46, of Clarksville, to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer.

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

With the recent news that the State of Tennessee now ranks number five in the nation for median household income growth, it is time to take notice and pay attention to how Clarksville-Montgomery County stacks up.

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