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Emily Johnson Named Vice President, Talent Development

July 26, 2021

Emily Johnson


Emily Johnson has been named vice president, talent development of the Jackson Chamber. Johnson recently served as the executive director of the Henderson | Chester County Chamber of Commerce in Henderson, TN, since 2009. As vice president, talent development, Johnson will implement the chamber’s workforce development strategy, serving as an essential part of the organization’s economic development team. In addition, she will assist as the liaison between workforce stakeholders and educational institutions to identify and meet the growing demands in our labor region.


“An important component of any economic development strategy is communicating the needs of our businesses with educational providers, ensuring that the community has the workforce to support business growth,” said Mandy White, Jackson Chamber, senior vice president of economic development. “Emily’s experience will allow her to hit the ground running, engaging with our existing businesses and the educational providers to help prepare the future workforce.”


“Emily not only brings a wealth of knowledge and leadership skills to this position,” says Kyle Spurgeon, Jackson Chamber, president/CEO, “she is well-known in the West Tennessee community and has a love for workforce development.”


Johnson is a Tennessee Certified Economic Developer, a Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives Institute graduate, and a graduate of TVA’s Rural Leadership Institute and Workforce Institute. She serves as secretary for the Henderson Regional Planning Commission, is a WestStar Class of 2011 member, and in 2018, she received a Jackson Area Business and Professional Women Sterling Award. Emily is a Leadership Chester Class of 2009 graduate, and she currently directs both the Adult and Youth Chester County Leadership Programs.


Emily serves as the Chester County Imagination Library chairman, has served two terms on the Chester County Carl Perkins Advisory Council, and was the committee chair for the Class of 2019 Chester County Project Graduation. In her free time, she loves being outside on her “mini-farm” and during the summer, she enjoys spending the weekends at the river with her husband and children.


"I have always admired the Jackson Chamber for its great work in Jackson and the West Tennessee region and I am honored to be joining the team,” says Johnson.


Emily will become a Jackson Chamber team member on August 11, 2021. You can connect to her after that date by emailing ejohnson@jacksontn.com or calling 731-423-2200.

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