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"Franklin County, TN is a progressive community with a tradition of faith and an awareness of its heritage. We strive to preserve and protect our environment and natural beauty and are strongly committed to quality education, cultural diversity, enterprising in both its economy and government."

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As a business owner, manager, or community member, your time is valuable. You want someone listening to your concerns that affect commerce and working to understand and address those concerns for the common good. That's where we come in. The Chamber is always on the lookout for issues that could affect Franklin County businesses and our community in a positive or negative way. The Chamber engages in dialogue with representatives at all levels of government - federal, state, and county.

 

Leadership Franklin County is a five month program designed to build and enhance leadership skills through interactive learning sessions at the local and state levels.
Franklin County Leadership consists of Youth & Adult classes meeting together to explore leadership styles and methods to operate city and county leadership roles in growing communities.  Youth class members are provided a mentor in their chosen career path to explore opportunities and challenges of their career choice. Leadership Franklin County is a requirement of the State of Tennessee’s Three-Star Program.


MISSION STATEMENT LEADERSHIP FRANKLIN COUNTY
• The mission of Leadership Franklin County is to assist personal development of the county’s current and future leaders by:
• Identifying potential and existing leaders and helping them to improve their knowledge and skills for carrying out their voluntary commitment to the community.
• Providing participants with practical understanding of how existing institutions in the county function and interact.
• Providing participants with a diversity of leadership skills training.
 
Adult Class
The program is for adults who work or live in Franklin County and for juniors who attend school in Franklin County.  Leadership Franklin County consists of an orientation, a retreat in September and five topic-oriented day-long sessions from September to February with Graduation in February.  Each participant will become involved in several civic/volunteer organizations. 
Youth Class
Each youth class member will be assigned a mentor (a knowledgeable and respected leader in the community).  Meetings of mentor & protégé will be scheduled monthly to discuss leadership skills.

Topics include:
Courts and Public Safety
Community Needs and Services
Local Government
Economic and Community Development
State Government
Franklin County History/ Education/Geography Civic participation activities include:
Attending a County Commission Meeting
Attending a School Board Meeting

 

COMMITMENT REQUIREMENTS
All classes are mandatory and required for completion of Leadership Franklin County.  Full day classes are scheduled for Wednesdays from 8:00AM to 4:00PM. On State Government Day, Leadership will depart from the Chamber at 6:00AM and return about 6:00PM.  To obtain a confirmed schedule contact the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce.
 

THE APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS
Packets for Adults must be submitted by August 29th and for Youths by the last Friday in June
Each class is limited.  The groups chosen will include a cross-section of adults and high school juniors who are broadly representative of the community.  They will have demonstrated a desire to serve the community, a willingness to seek leadership roles, and a commitment to participate in their Leadership program. Applications may be obtained from the Chamber at (931) 967-6788 or for the youth at their school guidance office. The Leadership Franklin County Steering Committee will review all applications for the adult and the youth class.  Those selected will be notified in  August. 
Each participant must contribute $300. For expenses incurred  (Meals, travel, and other expenses)   Participants may secure a sponsor if needed.

 

 The role of a Director of the Franklin County Chamber of Commerce is to contribute to the defining of the Chamber of Commerce's mission, governing, and achieving that mission.  Directors pledge to carry out, in a trustworthy and diligent manor, all the duties and obligations inherent to their role as a member of the board.

 


Executive Committee


PRESIDENT

Gerardo Leon

Nissan North America, Infiniti

 
VICE-PRESIDENT

Rob Followell

Southern TN Regional Health System

 
SECRETARY

Kevin Lockmiller
V.R. Williams Insurance Agency
 
TREASURER

Kip Commons
Wal-Mart
Supercenter

Past President

Troy Martin
American City Bank

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Judy Taylor
Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

 

DIRECTORS

Russell Barnett

Russell Barnett Automotive Family

Dave Van Buskirk
County Commissioner &
North Middle School

Josh Cole

Franklin Farmers Cooperative

Amy Foster
Arnold Engineering
Development Center

Carol Fulmer
Interlocal Solid
Waste Authority

Bill Green

Excel Financial Services

 

Jonas Harmond

Edward Jones Investments

 

Dave Locshinskey

8th Day Software

Kevin Lockmiller

V.R. Williams & Company

Susan Askew
McGriff Alumni House
Sewanee University
of the South

Steve Moran
Rogers Group, Inc.

Stephanie Ogle

Pretty Discoveries

Pam Peck
Century 21
Mid-State Realty

David Stewart

Stewart &  Stewart, Attorneys At Law

 Doug Perason

National Aerospace Solutions, LLC  

 

The primary goal of our Chamber is to create economic community growth, attract tourists, and at the same time it is imperative to maximize every opportunity to market member services and products. The Chamber represents local business professionals and manufacturers at all levels of government and provide valuable services for our members.
The Chamber provides information and feedback to help promote increased understanding of our member’s concerns.

The Franklin County Chamber of Commerce’s Business Expo is an opportunity for businesses to network, meet new customers, gain exposure, introduce new products, and build relationships that will lead to new growth and production. The Annual Business Expo connects business and the community.

This event is comprised of more than 100 booths. Members are able to showcase products and services to the public. Participating exhibitors and sponsors are featured in all media, providing a broad range of advertising exposure.

Thursday, April 7th, 2016 from 4:00 PM to 7:30 PM at The National Guard Armory
Sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Review booth options and supporter opportunities listed. Decide which level of participation will best represent your company.

Together we can grow your business & your clientele!

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Our members, volunteers and staff stand ready and willing to meet the needs of our growing county today and the challenges that we face in the future.

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce members are proudly committed to creating a dynamic and prosperous community to be enjoyed by all.  Through their membership investment in the Chamber, they ensure that all residents enjoy valuable recreational, educational and cultural opportunities.  They also contribute to the prosperity of the local economy, working with the local officials and community leaders to help provide jobs and career opportunities for our residents, their children and grandchildren.

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