Who We Are

The Highlands Economic Partnership, which was launched in 2006 by the Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber of Commerce as the Highlands Initiative, is a collaborative, public/private sector program designed to boost economic and community development in Jackson, Overton, Putnam and White counties. Investor companies made up of federal, state, city and county governments and agencies, chambers of commerce, key officials and business leaders throughout the region, play key roles in the program’s development.

Now in Phase IV of the Highlands Economic Partnership, we continue to support our region's economic and community development program by providing both staff and resources to the following strategies and programs:

Strategy I
Economic Development

Serve as the designated Economic Development organization (EDO) for Putnam County and support economic prosperity throughout the Highlands Partnership area with the objectives of encouraging investment of private capital, the creation of high- impact jobs, the elevation per-capita income, and improving the quality of life for residents.

Strategy II
Workforce Development & Education

Advocate for lifelong learning through education and training programs that develop a quality workforce that meets the needs of employers and advances the economic wellbeing of highlands partner counties and their citizens.

Strategy III
Community Development & Advocacy

Engage our partner counties' public and private sectors toward a common goal of creating prosperity for our communities and our residents. Work with elected officials on policy issues and initiatives that move our region forward.