White named president of Tennessee Economic Development Council
By: Julie Daniels, Communications Coordinator on Oct 05, 2015
Jackson Chamber announces Mandy White, senior vice president of Economic Development for the Jackson Chamber has been elected president of the Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC) for the 2015-2016 year. White was elected president by the membership at TEDC’s annual fall conference held in Knoxville, TN during its election of officers.
|Mandy White, Jackson Chamber|
“I am honored to serve in this position for such a prestigious organization,” says White. “TEDC has a long history in our profession, and I want to continue to make TEDC an organization that provides local economic developers and other members an opportunity to network, learn and grow in their professional positions.”
White has been very active in the council, serving as a member and on the board of directors. She has a long history of service with the economic development community. She has been with the Jackson Chamber for 16 years, serving in many different capacities. As senior vice president of Economic Development with the Jackson Chamber, she works closely with Team Madison County to market Jackson to industrial prospects in an effort to locate them in Madison County. She is also responsible for the areas of workforce development and existing industry relations and works closely with Jackson Energy Authority to identify and assist with growth opportunities for existing companies. Since her involvement with Team Madison County, a total of 8,558 new jobs have been created with investments more than $1.34 Billion by new and expanding industries.
White holds a B.S. in psychology from Union University. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute, the Dale Carnegie Training Course, Leadership Jackson and WestStar. In addition to her participation in TEDC, her other professional involvement includes serving on advisory committees for Jackson State Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Jackson. She is a member of the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Southern Economic Development Council, and American Chamber of Commerce Research Association (ACCRA). White also serves as Madison County representative on the Jackson Regional Partnership Advisory Council.
The TEDC is a statewide, non-profit organization created to unite the efforts of its members in furthering industrial development in the state of Tennessee. TEDC promotes cooperation and understanding among the individual members of the council and the varied interests they represent.
Formerly known as Tennessee Industrial Development Council (TIDC), the TEDC can trace its early roots back to 1946 with a meeting of a small group of Industrial Developers from throughout the south. This became the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC).
From this group, the TEDC was formed in 1967 at the Jackson Golf and Country Club, after noting a number of Tennesseans were attending the meetings. Discussions were made to form a statewide group, which led to the formation of the TIDC, now known as the TEDC.