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The Joint Economic & Community Development Board (JECDB) is a multi-agency cooperative effort to bring industry into Wayne County. The JECDB is sponsored and funded by Wayne County, City of Clifton, City of Collinwood, City of Waynesboro, Bank of Waynesboro, People's Bank, Wayne County Bank, Columbia State Community College and Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperative.

**This Interlocal Agreement is authorized by Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 5-1-113.

To contact the JECDB call (931) 722- 3653.


JECDB Members

  • Chairman John Hickman - Waynesboro City Manager
  • Doug Kibby - Clifton City Manager
  • Autry Gobbell- President, Peoples Bank
  • Eddie Berry- TVEC
  • Martin Haggard Jr.- President, Wayne County Bank
  • Rena' Purdy - Executive Director, Wayne County JECDB
  • Gary Victory - Collinwood City Manager
  • Jim Mangubat - Wayne County Mayor/Executive
  • Bill Bryant - President, Capstar Bank



  • To develop, recommend, and direct a strategic plan of policies and action that improve the economic well-being of the community and those activities and services that support economic growth and improve the quality of life of the community's members.
  • To encourage an entrepreneurial spirit among present businesses and citizens.
  • To help spawn expansions of local industry and businesses.
  • To seek out those enterprises that support the development of the future for the purpose of enticing them to locate in Wayne County.
  • To foster and open communication among all group in the county concerned with economic development including, but not limited to, residents, present industry and businesses, governments, educators, public and private developers, and other public organizations.






Making the JECDB Board More Effective:

The Growth Policy Act also required each non-metropolitan county to establish a joint economic community development board (JECDB) to “foster communication relative to economic and community development between and among governmental entities, industry, and private citizens.”1   Other than this, JECDBs have no statutory powers or authority. Any other functions they may have are determined by interlocal agreement among the municipalities and county.

JECDBs, at a minimum, include all city and county mayors plus one person with land in Tennessee’s Greenbelt program, as well as representatives of citizens, current industry, and businesses.   These county boards and their executive committees must meet at least four times a year in order for local governments in each county to be eligible for state grants.   Although the boards have been useful in many counties and the state’s Department of Economic and Community Development has gone to great lengths to give them purpose, others question the need for frequent meetings and wish to have more flexibility.

Giving JECDBs additional authority may resolve concerns about their effectiveness and make them more useful, for instance by allowing local governments to decide whether to consolidate the functions of their JECDBs in their coordinating committees or grant them the economic development powers of a joint industrial development corporation. Otherwise, reducing the number of required meetings to one per year and allowing them to determine for themselves whether to meet more often makes sense.

Consolidating the functions of JECDBs in county growth plan coordinating committees would expand them to include representatives of the largest municipal and non-municipal utilities, the largest school system, the largest chamber of commerce, the soil conservation district, and four members representing environmental, construction, and homeowner interests.   The statutory membership of joint industrial development corporations is already similar enough to that of JECDBs to make granting their powers to JECDBs a reasonable way to make JECDBs more useful.

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1Tennessee Code Annotated, Section 6-58-114(b)



Tennessee Valley Authority

The TVA region offers a competitive business environment with business location and expansions services and benefits that include:


  • Site Selection Assistance
  • Regional, state and community government liaisons
  • Site and building tours
  • Site planning, including renderings and 3D-video modeling
  • Market research
  • Grant/loan funding resources
  • Target industry specialists
  • Energy Consultation



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  • Strong transportation network
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  • Abundant water resources
  • Low business and personal taxes
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Contact Info:

Aaron Stewart, CEcD, EDFP
Regional Development Specialist, TVA Economic Development
P.O. Box 292409
Nashville, TN 37229-2409
Office Phone 615-232-6008
Cell Phone 615-238-1997
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City of Waynesboro, Tennessee
P.O. Box 471
122 Public Square East
Waynesboro, TN 38485
(931) 722-5458
(931) 722-9109