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Clarksville TN a ‘Hidden Gem That Has Been Discovered’

Clarksville-Montgomery County is an economic engine with a skilled talent pipeline and abundant resources.

By Livability on July 22, 2022

Montgomery County
Courtesy of Clarksville Economic Development Council

Clarksville-Montgomery County is a place where talent and opportunity connect. This is due to a growing workforce of career-ready veterans and well-educated high school and university graduates with the skills needed by companies creating the jobs of the future. 

Employers benefit from an abundance of resources difficult to find anywhere else, including over 1,700 acres of county-owned available land ready for development, as well as a strong utility and broadband network. 

Clarksville-Montgomery County’s advantages include readily available Gig-plus, high-speed broadband access and an abundance of electrical power supplied by a 50-megawatt-capacity TVA substation. 

“We were a hidden gem that has been discovered,” says Buck Dellinger, CEO and president of the Clarksville Economic Development Council. “Not only do we have large accessible tracts of land, but we also have a strong talent pipeline.” 

The workforce is mature and supplied by more than 300 veterans transitioning from the military each month from Fort Campbell, as well as graduates from Austin Peay State University and the local campus of Nashville State Community College. 

Students from Austin Peay University in Clarksville, TN
Courtesy of Clarksville Economic Development Council

Education attainment jumped 30% overall in 2021, associate degrees rising 32%, a bachelor’s degree rising 25%, and graduate degrees and higher rising an incredible 40%, according to EMSI’s Talent Attraction Scorecard. 

“People visit and fall in love with the community. They want to stay, build a career, buy a house and raise a family and call it home. That’s great for businesses,” says Shea Hopkins, VP of Industrial Development. 

Employers have invested $5.7 billion since 2010 with 6,000 new jobs announced since 2019. Leading the way are high-tech companies such as EV battery manufacturer Microvast, whose announcement of a $220 million manufacturing and R&D facility follows major investments and significant job creation by LG Electronics, Trane, Hankook and Google. 

“People want to work where they have a great quality of life — Clarksville has that with unlimited recreation, quality schools, and family-friendly events,” Hopkins adds. 

With all this, plus F&M Bank Arena, affiliated with the NHL’s Nashville Predators and expected to bring 600,000 people yearly, it’s no wonder Clarksville is on the rise and Money magazine named it the No. 1 best place to live in 2019.  

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