As part of Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN economic development plan, TNECD fundamentally restructured its field staff to establish a "jobs base camp" in each of the nine regions across the state. TNECD also selected regional directors to run each base camp. The nine regional directors reside in each of the regions and serve as the primary point-of-contact for Tennessee companies seeking state assistance with expansion or with accessing state services.
A key function of the nine jobs base camps is to reach out to rural counties to incorporate them into broader regional economic development strategies that leverage existing resources and maximize the assets of rural communities. Each base camp worked with local partners to develop and/or revise a regional economic development plan and align existing federal and state resources around that plan.
Mr. Borden is from Maryville in Blount County, Tennessee. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee and began his career in economic development with the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Borden has held additional economic development positions including Executive Vice-President of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Blount County Industrial Board and Smoky Mountains Visitors Bureau. He was appointed by then-Mayor Victor Ashe as Director of Economic Development for the City of Knoxville.
Mr. Borden later moved into the private sector where he has held executive positions in the staffing industry, banking industry, call center/outsourcing business, and commercial real estate & development. Mr. Borden has now come "full circle" and is excited to be back involved in what he calls "direct" economic development. Borden resides in Nashville, Tennessee.
Prior to her role as Deputy Assistant Commissioner of Business Development, Ms. Stitt was the Southern Middle Regional Director where she led her team in assisting companies in the creation of more than 6,200 jobs and nearly $700 million in capital investment. She has also fulfilled the role of ThreeStar Program Director and Regional Economic Development Specialist where she assisted communities in implementing economic preparedness best practices.
Prior to joining ECD in 2007, Ms. Stitt was Director of Joint Economic and Community Development for Marshall County where she focused her efforts on new business creation. Ms. Stitt earned her master’s degree at Illinois State University and her bachelor’s degree at University of Illinois at Springfield.