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Who We Are

The Highlands Economic Partnership, 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 fundamental roles in the program’s development.

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What Makes the Highlands Region

Putnam County

White County

Overton County

Jackson County


Our team intentionally focuses on the workforce development, career exploration and recruitment of new companies in these (8) industry sectors.

Advanced Manufacturing & Robotics

Trucking & Logistics


Computer Sciences

Skilled Trades




Meet Our Team

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Amy New

President and CEO

As the leader of our team, Amy has played a crucial role in the expansive success of our initiatives and vision for the future. Her exceptional skill set, true passion and creativity has inspired massive growth.


Adam T. Poe

Vice President

Adam Poe is one of our senior professionals, with an eye for what businesses need to grow and scale. With years of experience in sales, fundraising, and motivational speaking, Adam is passionate to see the growth trajectory continue to skyrocket for our region.



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Angela Pannell

Workforce Development Coordinator

After a thriving career in many different businesses, Highlands Economic Partnership was pleased to welcome Angela Pannell to the team. As a motivated, results-oriented professional, she will oversee all things that impact our workforce recruitment and retention.


Matt Billings

Economic Development Coordinator

Matt Billings has a unique skill set that is a combination of economic development, community planning and genuine care for accuracy. He is the perfect fit as our Economic Development Coordinator and will oversee all growth, scaleability and recruitment of existing industry.


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