Meet New ECD Director...

Jerome Terrell !

Jerome Terrell brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field of economic development.  Terrell spent close to 11 years with TVA Economic Development, first as a regional manager for a 10-county Middle Tennessee area and TVA’s most active region, then as a senior advisor for the Economic Development division.  Prior to TVA, Terrell served as Director of Economic Development for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce where he was charged with coordinating efforts with national site consultants and economic development leaders in the Middle Tennessee area to secure multiple relocation projects, as well as managing existing business relations to promote expansion and stability.  Before to his work in economic development, Terrell had a rich and diverse professional career, owning and operating private businesses in the transportation industry and serving as Director of Corporate Relocation for a real estate company.

Cheatham Connect, the Cheatham County Joint Economic & Community Development Board, focuses on helping retain and expand existing businesses as well as attracting new job creation and capital investment. We work with regional and state agencies to assist businesses in their start up, relocation or growth.  For those looking to open a new business, the office can assist with business plan preparation and identifying financing. This website includes an online database to help locate commercial, retail or industrial property in the county. We work closely with our private sector through the Cheatham County Chamber of Commerce on our main initiatives: Corporate Recruitment, Workforce and Education Development, Retail Attraction, Tourism and Senior Living. Our towns are Ashland City, Pleasant View, Kingston Springs and Pegram.  The JECDB Board meetings are open to the public and the schedule can be found on the "Contact Us" page.

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In 2016, the Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC) recognized Terrell’s dynamic experience, leadership, and enthusiasm for economic development by presenting him with The Legacy Award, which recognizes those in the state economic development community who have had an extraordinary impact on the profession and the community in which they work. 

Terrell currently serves on the Board of Directors for Safe Haven Cheatham County and has volunteered his time with Junior Achievement Middle Tennessee, as well as You Have the Power, a victim’s rights advocacy coalition in Nashville.

The Nashville native completed his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee.

An outdoor enthusiast, Terrell enjoys fishing, hiking, kayaking and spending time with family and friends.  He and his wife, Colette, reside in Ashland City.