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Baptist Memorial Hospital CafeteriaAny Chamber member interested in receiving the hospital's cafeteria menu weekly may contact Emily Medley, food and nutrition services director, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Let us help you spread the word about your available commercial property by listing it at www.obioncounty.org. If you have commercial property you would like to list, please contact Lindsay Frilling at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Citizens Bank Ribbon CuttingFor over 85 years, The Citizens Bank has been serving friends and families in this area with unparalleled hometown banking. Local people have enjoyed serving local people in Hickman and Fulton, Kentucky....and, soon in Union City, TN!

Our emphasis is on taking care of our neighbors and providing excellent customer service, while staying current with the most advanced technology. All of our decisions are made locally. If you have been looking for good old-fashioned hometown banking, get ready! The Citizens Bank is looking forward to its opening in 2017 on Reelfoot Avenue (near Wal-Mart) in Union City.

Membership Director Spotlighted in TVA's - Young Professionals in Economic DevelopmentName: Lauren Tanner

Position/Organization/How long: Membership Director for the Obion County Chamber of Commerce since April 2016. We are located in Union City, Tennessee.

How did you get into economic development? Our Chamber of Commerce and Obion County Industrial Development Corporation (OCIDC) are umbrellaed underneath our Joint Economic Development Council (JEDC). Because of this, even though I am technically a chamber employee, I had the opportunity to dip my foot into economic development and have loved it since. There are only 2 paid employees within all 3 of those organizations (our CEO Lindsay Frilling and me), so I am fortunate enough to be involved in every side of Obion County.

What is the best economic development advice you've been given? You have to start earlier in the school systems if you want a strong, long lasting workforce. The main thing that I hear from professionals in our area is that outside of having the product (site ready properties, land, etc.) the biggest issue facing economic development in NW Tennessee is our workforce and lack thereof. Once people graduate high school, they move away to large cities and don't come back. It is vital that we start educating students earlier about economic development, workforce development, and ending the stigma that industrial jobs are "dirty". Students can get a technical degree or learn a trade, and have a full time, well-paying job sooner than most kids that go to a 4 year school. If we can teach our students sooner that there are more career options local and close to home, then maybe they will take advantage of our local technical colleges and implement their talents in our local industry, thus growing our overall population and workforce. There is nothing wrong with getting a 4 year degree, but there is nothing wrong with getting a technical degree either.

What has caught your attention recently in economic development? Economic development isn't just landing the big industrial projects, it's landing small businesses that bring life and uniqueness to your community. It's about making your community a personal experience for everyone that is there. Specifically where we are in Northwest TN, our young talent or "millennial" generation moves away from our area to larger areas after high school (i.e. Murfreesboro, Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville) and don't come back until they are ready to settle down, then they will move back to these smaller areas in their late 20's/early 30's. Because of this, we are having to think of creative ways to bring fresh, new ideas to our communities to make Obion County a desirable place for this generation to move to, move back to, or not even move away at all.

When you have free time, what do you do? I love to be outside. I got married about 2 months ago, so now that it's summer and we aren't planning a wedding anymore, we love to go out on the boat, hang with our pup, and spend time with friends and family.

What are three fun facts about you? 1) I have a degree in Agriculture Communications and did marketing/communications for the largest continuous John Deere dealership in the world prior to working at the Chamber. 2) I collect set lists. 3) I love sports. I'm a huge Cardinals baseball fan & UT fan. And also, I'm originally from Nashville, so can I get a Go Preds?!

What's on your bucket list these days? Go watch Tennessee play in the National Championship this year, but if that doesn't work out I'm good with watching them in December at the SEC Championship (a girl can dream, right? fingers crossed #GBO) Also, I'm hoping to cross a few more states off my bucket list within the next few years.

What motivates you? Passion. I adore my job, but let's be honest, you don't go into the chamber world for the money. You do it because you love it, you love your community, and you know what it can become if you put your passion to good use. I am originally from an interstate town, and with I-69 (which is on its way to completion) coming straight through Obion County, I know the growth that could potentially happen. I love Obion County the way it is, but knowing the potential it has to be even better keeps me going every day. I am ecstatic to see Obion County grow within the next 10 years and am lucky that I get to be a part of it.

2016 Annual ReportBe on the lookout for your 2016 Annual Report! If you haven't received one, please stop by the chamber and we will be happy to give you one!

We would also like to recognize a few business that were cut out on the page where all of our members were listed. The following business are still members of the Obion County Chamber and we appreciate their business! Southern Concrete Products; Southern Logistics Group, LLC; Southern Machinery Repairs, INC; Star Physical Therapy; State Farm Agent Chris Williams; and Steve's Custom Jewelers.

Here are a few benefits you receive with your chamber membership:

  • Free Ribbon Cuttings (For new chamber membership, new location, new business partner, etc)
  • Networking opportunities at monthly Business Matters and Business After Hours
  • Free New Member listing in "At Work" newsletter
  • eBlasts sent to over 1,500 representatives
  • Free link to your existing web site and e-mail through our online web based software
  • Free Clubs & Organizations Directory
  • Free Government Officials Directory
  • Free Website listing
  • Free referrals
  • Free on-line job posting
  • Free on-line events calendar posting
  • Free on-line hot deals posting

Congratulations to our Membership Director!Congratulations to our Membership Director, Lauren, on her marriage this month! Pictured from left; Laura Burpo, Office Assistant; Lauren Tanner, Membership Director; Lindsay Frilling, CEO

Adult Leadership Obion County Legislative Day The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with TCCE and TEDC, hosted a record crowd of business leaders, local chamber executives, and economic development professionals from across the state in its largest-ever annual meeting on February 15th.

This year's summit, the 105th of its kind, featured a speaking lineup of high-profile elected officials and state government leaders, including remarks from Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally and Governor Bill Haslam. During the lunchtime programming, Gov. Haslam spoke to the Chamber's 500 attendees on the need to maintain Tennessee's business-friendly climate and preserve our upward economic growth by modernizing and enhancing our state's transportation infrastructure, reforming our tax code for manufacturers to be more competitive with our regional neighbors, and maintaining our emphasis on improving educational outcomes and workforce development efforts.

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