Please note: Due to COVID 19 this meeting is being provided via a WEBINAR
10/22/20 at 11:30 AM
Economic Development and the Impacts of COVID-19 in Middle Tennessee
Kel McDowell, Director of Government Relations
Kel McDowell originally hails from Gainesboro, Tennessee. As Director of Government Affairs, Kel serves as a resource and liaison for the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Williamson County. Most recently, Kel headed up the Kosciusko Attala Partnership, an economic/community development organization in Attala County, Mississippi. Previously, he has worked, in different capacities, with the New Energy & Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO) of Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade, & Industry (METI); Major League Baseball Advanced Media; and Mt. Airy, USA, a community development corporation (CDC) in Philadelphia. After receiving a B.A. from George Washington University, Kel earned his Master of Public Administration with a certificate in Economic Development & Growth from the University of Pennsylvania. Kel resides in Franklin and greatly enjoys “Seinfeld,” spicy foods, and live sporting events.
Nathan Zipper, Director of Business Development
In his role as Director of Business Development, Nathan is charged with leading Williamson, Inc.’s efforts to recruit new companies to the area and to ensure that those existing businesses that call Williamson County home continue to grow and prosper. Nathan comes to Williamson, Inc. from Vanderbilt University where he served as the Director of Development for the College of Arts and Science. Prior to his time at Vanderbilt, Nathan held leadership roles on staff at Emma Email Marketing, the United Way of Metropolitan Nashville and the University of Tennessee- Knoxville. Nathan resides in Franklin with his wife Katie and their sons Knox and Miles.
Williamson, Inc. incorporates both the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development, which together provide unparalleled access to education, leadership development, relationship-building and up-to-the-minute information about doing business in one of the country’s fastest growing counties.
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