COOKEVILLE, TENN - The Highlands Economic Partnership announces the recent hire of Yvonne Pickering as Economic Development & Community Development Coordinator. Pickering will serve under Stephen Crook, Vice President of Economic Development.
"We are very fortunate to bring Yvonne onto our team," said Crook. "We've been looking to expand our economic development staff for quite some time now, and I believe we found the perfect candidate. Yvonne comes to us with tremendous experience and will be a valuable asset as we grow the economic development program."
Pickering was employed as Family Programs Coordinator for the United States Army's Fifth Special Forces Group for six years.
"One of the goals is utilizing my experience working with military families is to help tap into that workforce that is either leaving or has plans to leave the service," said Pickering. "Having this experience will help make our region a place for these families to call home."
Pickering served as Military & Government Relations Coordinator for the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce for eight years before joining the Highlands Economic Partnership team.
"Working for the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce gave me the opportunity to see firsthand how vital economic development is to a community's growth," added Pickering. "The Highlands counties are growing by leaps and bounds; I'm thrilled to be part of this area. My hope is to bring my past experience to the table and do my part in making our region the number one place in Tennessee where people want to live, work and play."
Launched in 2006, the Highlands Economic Partnership is a collaborative, public/private sector program designed to boost economic and community development in Jackson, Overton, Putnam and White counties.