Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. to Relocate Headquarters and Other Major Operations to Tennessee

  • Leading U.S.-based firearms manufacturer will invest more than $125 million to relocate from Springfield, Massachusetts to Maryville, Tennessee
  • Company will create 750 new jobs in Blount County

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Smith & Wesson Brands, Inc. officials today announced the U.S.-based leader in firearms manufacturing and design will relocate its headquarters and other major operations from Springfield, Massachusetts to Maryville, Tennessee.

In addition to its headquarters, Smith & Wesson will relocate its distribution, assembly, and plastic injection molding operations to Tennessee. The project represents an investment of approximately $125 million and will create 750 new jobs.…

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc. to Relocate Headquarters to Williamson County

  • Healthcare company is relocating headquarters from Illinois to Tennessee.
  • Company will invest $2.5 million in Williamson County operations.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc. (ACH) officials announced today that the company will relocate its headquarters from Peoria, Ill. to Franklin, Tenn.

As part of the relocation, the healthcare company will create 58 new jobs and invest $2.5 million in its new headquarters, which will be located at 720 Cool Springs Blvd. in Franklin.

Advanced Correctional Healthcare, Inc. is the largest county jail health care provider in the United States.…

Directors of Business Development Spotlight


One of the main goals of our department is to promote business recruitment and expansions to create high quality jobs in Tennessee. When it comes to our recruitment efforts, our Business Development team takes the lead. Oftentimes, one of TNECD’s six directors of business development is the first person a company comes in contact with at the start of the recruitment process. Each director of business development serves as a vital resource for companies, providing them with information ranging from Tennessee’s business advantages to workforce development to grants to site development and much more.

Our directors of business development are in a unique position.…

Titan Medical Manufacturing LLC to Locate New Operations in Lexington

  • Titan Medical will invest $7.5 million in new facility
  • Lexington plant is company’s second Tennessee location
  • Project will create 87 new jobs over the next six years

LEXINGTON, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Titan Medical Manufacturing LLC officials announced today that the company will expand its Tennessee presence and locate new operations in Henderson County.

The medical device manufacturer will invest $7.5 million and create 87 new jobs in Lexington.

Established in 2009, Titan Medical is a privately held company that specializes in the manufacture of high quality, close-tolerance instrumentation and implants for the medical device industry.…

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce the ICEE Company Will Establish Headquarters in La Vergne


Beverage company will invest $10.3 million, create approximately 200 jobs

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that The ICEE Company will establish its headquarters in La Vergne and create approximately 200 jobs in Rutherford County over the next five years.



“Every kid and every parent in America has craved an ICEE at one point or another, and now we’re so excited that this iconic company has chosen to call Tennessee home,” Lee said. “Tennessee is home to many major internationally recognized brand names, and we’re so proud to add ICEE to our list.…

With Love, From Tennessee


In the digital age we live in, it’s no surprise that we’re exchanging electronic cards, but what about traditional paper greeting cards? What role do they play? Kevin James, the plant manager at American Greetings in Ripley, Tennessee, shares insight into the role traditional greeting cards play as the cornerstone of the celebrations marketplace.

“People ask me all the time about paper cards and electronic cards,” James said. “We’re in the business of both, and paper cards continue to be some of the most loved ways people share joy and support. There is something to be said about being able to hold a paper card – it’s a piece of art.”…

100-Year-Old Companies: East Tennessee


East Tennessee is not only the home of America’s favorite national park, the Great Smoky Mountains, but it also boasts a rich history of businesses, several of which are celebrating a century or more of success. These centennial establishments have stood the test of time and endured many challenges, including world wars, the Great Depression, natural disasters and the pandemic.

TNECD is paying tribute to many of these companies, beginning with those located in counties that were designated by the Appalachian Regional Commission as distressed in 2019. Through their resilience, innovation and commitment to their communities, the below companies have contributed significantly to the growth and development of East Tennessee over the last 100+ years.…

7 Scariest Places in Tennessee


Tennessee is known for its whiskey, bustling music scene and beautiful scenery, but did you know it’s also known for being one of the most haunted states in the country? In the spirit of Halloween, take a look at seven of the scariest places in Tennessee.


Tennessee State Prison

Nashville, TN

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A former correctional facility located near downtown Nashville, the Tennessee State Prison is well-known for being featured in The Green Mile and two Eric Church music videos. Built in 1898, the castle-like prison was operational for almost 100 years, but it closed in 1992 due to overcrowding.…

The Best Day Trips From Nashville


If you’re looking to escape the glitz and big-city feel of Nashville, some of the most picturesque towns in Middle Tennessee are just a short drive away.

Whether you want to explore the Jack Daniel’s Distillery, shop ‘til you drop at a local antique store or check out some amazing wildlife and hiking trails, there is a town on this list for you.

Information provided by Tennessee Vacation.



Photo: Visit Columbia, TN

Fifty minutes south of Nashville, Columbia, also known as ‘Muletown’, is the home of the 11th U.S. president, a thriving arts district and great eats.…

Tennessee Entertainment Commission Launches New Incentive Program

  • Tennessee’s entertainment industry now eligible for new F&E tax credit

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Tennessee Entertainment Commission (TEC), in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Revenue and Department of Economic and Community Development, announced today a new franchise and excise (F&E) tax credit program aimed to advance Tennessee’s entertainment industry by promoting job creation and economic development.

Companies approved as a qualified production can apply for a tax credit generated through resident and non-resident Tennessee payroll expenses and apply for a point of purchase sales tax exemption certificate on non-payroll expenses. Qualified productions include scripted and unscripted television, feature films, video game development, animation, commercials and audio/visual postproduction.…

Ghostly Whispers and Country Legends: The Story of Loretta Lynn’s Haunted Ranch


Nestled in the rolling hills of Hurricane Mills, Loretta Lynn’s Ranch is far more than the iconic homestead of a country music legend. This popular Tennessee tourist destination welcomed 350,000 visitors last year and draws the attention of not only music enthusiasts but also those intrigued by the paranormal.

Join us as we explore the hidden, haunting histories of Loretta Lynn’s Ranch, where the echoes of both music and ghostly whispers fill the air.


“We Bought the Whole Town”

In 1960, a cross country trek led Loretta Lynn and her husband “Doolittle” from Washington state all the way to Nashville, Tennessee, where the Coal Miner’s Daughter went from rags to riches after she caught a break at Ernest Tubbs Record Shop.…

These Boots Were Made for Skating


With the 2022 Winter Olympics underway, some of the world’s most exceptional athletes have taken the stage to compete for the gold. From snowboarding to skiing to figure skating, there are a variety of events taking place that will have you cheering for Team USA from your living room.

While the Olympics are happening on the other side of the globe, did you know that Tennessee is home to a company that specializes in none other than figure skating boots?

Last October, figure skating boot manufacturer SP-Teri announced plans to invest more than $430,000 to relocate and expand its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Nashville to McEwen, Tennessee.…

Mules Rule in Columbia


Columbia, Tennessee is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing areas in our state.

Nestled 45 miles south of Nashville, this small town has landed on Country Living’s Top 10 Best Small Towns in the U.S., is a Tennessee Main Street community and is home to former U.S. President James K. Polk.

But, if you ask a local, part of what makes Columbia so charming is its annual celebration of a particular stubborn, yet social, animal: the mule.

Photo: Sanford Myers/ The Tennessean

What started as “Breeder’s Day” in 1840, has become an annual week-long event held in April, attracting more than 200,000 people to the community each year.…

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce Amazon to Continue Investments in Tennessee and Create 1,000 New Full-Time Jobs in Memphis

  • 855,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility is anticipated to launch in time for the 2020 holiday shopping season
  • Amazon has invested more than $6.5 billion in Tennessee since 2010

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Governor Bill Lee and Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced today that Amazon is continuing its investments in the Volunteer State by establishing a new, state-of-the art fulfillment center in Memphis.

Amazon will create 1,000 new full-time jobs, with industry leading pay and benefits starting on day one, at its new Shelby County fulfillment center. Employees at the 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center will work alongside Amazon’s innovative robotics technology to pick, pack and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and consumer goods.…

Governor Lee, Commissioner Rolfe Announce JNJ Express to Expand Headquarters in Memphis


Memphis transportation company to establish new corporate campus, create 610 jobs

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee, Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and JNJ Express officials announced today that the transportation company will invest $83.6 million to expand its operations in Memphis.

JNJ will create 610 new jobs over the next five years as it establishes a new corporate headquarters and operations campus in Southeast Memphis.



“JNJ’s announcement today once again shows that Memphis has momentum,” Lee said. “This investment will revitalize a retail site that has been vacant for a long time, and it will jumpstart the surrounding area, leading to what we hope will be even more investments in the months ahead.”…

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