Hendersonville Hires Economic Development Professional Rod Kirk

For immediate release

November 10, 2017

Contact Jamie Clary 615-822-1000


Hendersonville Hires Economic

Development Professional Rod Kirk


Hendersonville, Tn. – Hendersonville Mayor Jamie Clary has hired Rod Kirk to be the city’s assistant for economic development.

“Rod will be responsible for bringing more professional jobs to Hendersonville,” said Clary.

“We have thousands of professional employees living here, but many are spending too much time getting to their jobs in other cities. When we attract employers to Hendersonville, our residents spend more time with their families and less time commuting.”

Kirk most recently worked as a technology acceleration specialist for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services. Prior to working in that business development position, he was the assistant vice-president for the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council.

He also has worked for the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce and the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

Kirk will join the mayor’s staff in the midst of a local business surge. During the past six months Hendersonville has issued permits for more than $7 million in office construction.

The city has dozens of acres of available land for more office buildings, especially near the access ramps of Vietnam Veterans Boulevard.

At the same time, Hendersonville’s population is increasing at an average rate of one family per day.

“The solution to congestion on Vietnam Veterans Boulevard and I-65 is reducing the portion of our residents who need to leave Hendersonville for work,” said Clary.

“Hendersonville has a lot of residents who own or operate businesses in other parts of Middle Tennessee. Recently we have seen several of them move their offices to Hendersonville.”

Kathleen Hawkins, president of the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce, is looking forward to Kirk filling the position. “We need a point person selling Hendersonville and the work force that we have to offer,” she said.

“We have such a strong retail and restaurant base with exceptional people in service and professional jobs. Hendersonville needs to continue the trend of attracting professional employers.”

Hendersonville, known as the City by the Lake, has approximately 57,000 residents. It borders Davidson County, has several schools in the top ten gauges of Middle Tennessee schools, and boasts a very low crime rate.

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