A combination of the Obion County Chamber of Commerce (Chamber) and the Obion County Industrial Development Corporation (OCIDC)
The JEDC is governed by a 12-Member Board with 6 appointments each from the Chamber and OCIDC Board of Directors. The council is responsible for staff and operational oversight with regular reports to the Chamber and OCIDC Board of Directors.
The Obion County Joint Economic Development Council (JEDC), with assistance from local businesses and leaders, has produced goals and objectives that are reflective of the desires of the community at large:
- Generate new growth in areas such as Commercial, Housing, Industrial, and Tourism Development.
- Become the economic center of Northwest Tennessee.
- Lead this 385,000 person region in such sectors as retail sales, housing development, healthcare, and airport usage.
- Outperform peer markets in job growth, per capita income, population growth, and quality of life.
- Enhance the County's fundamental competitiveness by focusing resources on "regional development activities".
- Strengthen our physical and human infrastructure; create more opportunities for youth; enhance our quality of life; and, grow our population and visitation numbers.
Archived Obion County Annual Reports:
Obion County JEDC Board of Directors:
Chairman: Art Sparks - ATA
Vice Chairman / OCIDC President: Jimmy White - Reynolds Brothers Oil Company
Secretary / Treasurer: Michelle Bing - The Banc3
OC Budget Chair: Sam Sinclair - Kohler
Chamber President: Greg Dozier - Commercial Bank & Trust Company
Chamber President Elect: Donny Bearden - Americlear Rx
Ron Cooper - Southern Machinery Repair
Terry Hailey - City of Union City
Benny McGuire - County of Obion County
Jim Douglas - City of Union City
Amber Jones - Commercial Bank & Trust Company
Jim Rippy, Jr. - Discovery Park of America
Bedford Dunavant - Union City Insurance
Kathy Dillon - City of Union City
Obion County JEDC Staff
Economic Development Director
- M.S., Business Administration - University of Tennessee at Martin (Summa Cum Laude)
- B.S., Business Administration - University of Tennessee Martin (Summa Cum Laude)
- Maintains relationships with site consultants, potential retail establishments, planning commissions, county commission, city councils and organizations necessary for economic developmen
- Markets Obion County properties, including industrial parks, speculative facilities, and/or other commercial properties
- Engages with existing industry for retention and growth of those businesses
- Ensures Obion County remains certified as a Three-Star community annually
- Coordinates the development, adoption, and execution of the Obion County Five Year Strategic Plan
- Organizes quarterly Mayor Roundtable Meetings
- Markets Obion County to attract tourism dollars to the community