|Bailey new president of industrial group |
|Posted: Thursday, March 22, 2012 9:05 pm |
By KEVIN BOWDEN
Union City Electric Sys-tem general manager Jerry Bailey has been named the new president of the West Tennessee Industrial Association.
Headquartered in Jack-son, WTIA is involved in a variety of industrial and economic development projects across West Tennessee.
One of the key goals of the WTIA, which has been around for 55 years, is to provide economic assistance to projects designed to create new jobs and retain existing jobs in the region.
The agency is made up of 15 power distributors from across West Tennessee.
Bailey has been at the Union City Electric System since 1983 and has served as the general manager since 1993. He previously served as president of the WTIA in 1999 and is currently a member of the regional Workforce Development Board. He is also a member of that board’s executive committee.
“We’ve got a lot of things going for us in this area because of the increased infrastructure,” he said.
He cited investments at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport, progress on I-69, Cates Landing in Lake County and the local intermodal facility that all are contributing to this area’s appeal to capital investment.
“I’m optimistic about our potential for growth and economic development,” Bailey said.
As for his goals for the WTIA this next year, he said he plans to keep the organization on the same path of marketing the region to industrial prospects.
In 2011, the WTIA participated in 212 area meetings, provided information to 80 companies and accompanied 11 prospective company visits to 32 communities in West Tennessee.
The WTIA has also been actively involved hosting various meetings involving economic development officials and has attended a variety of trade shows and forums throughout the Mid-South and in such cities as Cookeville, Memphis, Nashville and Murfreesboro. WTIA representatives have also traveled to economic development meetings as far away as New York City, Washington, D.C., Chicago, Miami and Hannover, Germany.
“We will continue to make sure our area is well marketed through the WTIA,” Bailey said.
The WTIA is recognized as one of the most established industrial development organizations in the nation and provides information and support to prospective companies worldwide. The agency works with economic development officials across the region as they market the area to industrial prospects.
The association markets West Tennessee through a series of community profiles, an active website, demographic profiles, its West Tennessee Industrial Guide and information about utilities, taxes, wages, labor and transportation.
There are more than 50 industrial sites and spec buildings in West Tennessee listed on the WTIA website, including three spec buildings in Obion County. The 20,000-square-foot Troy spec building, the 202,500-square-foot UC Properties building in Union City and the 100,200-square-foot spec building on Greenfield Drive are all listed on the WTIA website.
Mike Philpot is the executive director of the WTIA, which is directly involved in the Cates Landing project in Lake County.
Joining Bailey on the executive board is executive vice president Kevin Murphy, general manager of the Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation, and secretary/treasurer Alex Smith, manager of the Humboldt Utility Department.
Published in The Messenger 3.22.12