White graduates from TVA's Professional Rural Leadership Institute

By: White graduates from TVA's Professional Rural Leadership Institute on Mar 14, 2017


Mandy White is a recent graduate of TVA's Rural Leadership Institute.

Mandy White, Senior Vice President, Economic Development of Jackson Chamber in Jackson, Tennessee, recently graduated from TVA’s Rural Leadership Institute. The Rural Leadership Institute, developed and sponsored by TVA Economic Development, provides professional leadership training to rural community economic development professionals in the TVA service area.

The institute is designed to help local participants more effectively lead volunteers, partner organizations, businesses, elected officialsand citizens to ensure long-term success.

Four two-day sessions were conducted by leading area experts. The training included focused skills development in the following major areas:

  • Foundations of Leadership
  • Organizational and Individual Effectiveness
  • Effectively Telling the Story of Your Community
  • Outclassing the Competition

“Rural America’s ability to compete, gain jobs, and attract economic investments depends on local leaders being prepared, having product available, and using effective leadership and communication skills to differentiate their community’s unique strengths,” said TVA Senior Vice President of Economic Development John Bradley.

Aaron Stewart, TVA Senior Program Manager of Rural Strategy, added: “It has been exciting to work with program participants. By enhancing their professional leadership skills, this program helps benefit their communities’ growth for years to come.”  

A total of 18 participants completed the course and received graduation certificates. Recent leadership graduate Mandy White, Senior Vice President, Economic Development with the Jackson Chamber had this to say about the program:

”This program offered an incredible opportunity to enhance my effectiveness as a local economic developer,” says White. “I’m grateful to have been chosen to participate in the program and appreciate TVA’s commitment to the communities it serves.” 

 Based on the success and responses from this and previous classes, TVA Economic Development is planning future institutes.  Rural community economic development professionals located in the TVA region will receive an application if interested in applying for future leadership classes.

The Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) a corporation owned by the U.S. government provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in seven southeastern states.  Economic development is a major part of TVA’s core mission.  TVA’s Economic Development services are focused on attracting targeted new industries, retaining and growing existing businesses and partnering with communities to help foster economic growth.  More information is available at TVA.com.


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