Chamber’s VP of Economic Development Heads West
Doug Lawyer, the Knoxville Chamber’s vice president of economic development headed to Phoenix February 8-9 to attend the Jones Lang LaSalle Academy, an annual gathering of corporate real estate brokers, site consultants, and tax incentive groups.
Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL) has worked with Innovation Valley economic development officials on several projects in the past, including helping bring businesses like CVS-Caremark and Brinks Home Security (now ADT) to Knox County. Those two employers alone are worth hundreds of jobs to East Tennessee.
As Chairman of the Tennessee Economic Partnership, Lawyer helped lead a delegation of about 10 Tennessee officials.
“It’s all about relationship building and developing a level of trust so if these brokers get a project that is looking in our area, they’re going to think I’ve worked with the folks in Knoxville before and they treated us right, they got the job done. I need to make sure my client looks at Knoxville as part of their list of locations,” Lawyer said.
While there, Lawyer had several specific conversations about office space availability and brownfield availability in the Knoxville area. Innovation Valley, Inc. paid for Lawyer to attend. Without the funding, Knox County likely would not have been represented at the event.
From here, the Chamber’s economic development team will follow up with those brokers and consultants in hopes of keeping the Innovation Valley top-of-mind for them as they work with their clients.
Above: Bill Eanes of the Blount Partnership, Doug Lawyer, Roger Staubach, and Duane Lavery of Heywood-Tipton-Lauderdale counties pose for a quick photo. After retirement from the Dallas Cowboys Staubach started a real estate company that was eventually bought out by JLL.