Who We Are

The Highlands Economic Partnership, which was launched in 2006 by the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce as the Highlands Initiative, is a collaborative, public/private sector program designed to boost economic and community development in Jackson, Overton, Putnam and White counties. Over 85 investor companies made up of federal, state, city and county governments and agencies, chambers of commerce, key officials and business leaders throughout the region, play key roles in the program’s development.

Now in Phase II (2010-2016), the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce continues to support its regional economic and community development program by providing staff and resources to the following strategies and programs:

Strategy I
Business Recruitment, Expansion & Retention

Objective: The Economic Development program designed to attract 21st century jobs to the region and includes a diverse set of initiatives in cooperation with Highlands’ partners.

Strategy II
Community Development & Advocacy

Objective: Recognizing that community development precedes economic development, the Highlands Economic Partnership will serve to increase the region’s attractiveness as an excellent place to live, work, play and visit while representing the interests of the region at all levels of government.

Strategy III
Workforce Development & Education

Objective: Improve education attainment and job readiness of our future workforce. Increase training and skill development opportunities for the current workforce to match the needs of targeted employers and existing businesses.