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Knoxville Chamber
About Us
Economic Development Division
Doug Lawyer
Vice President of Economic Development
Phone Number: 
(865) 246-2645

I lead efforts to recruit new jobs, wages and capital investment into the Innovation Valley region. 

Joined the Chamber in 2001

Education and/or Professional Accreditations:

  • Bachelor of Arts geography/political science, Wittenberg University
  • Masters in urban planning, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Certified Economic Developer

Know My Knoxville

Favorite Knoxville location? Ijams Nature Center

Favorite thing about Knoxville? It’s unlimited potential. 

What part of town do you live in? Bearden.

Why did you choose that part of town, and what makes it special? It's unique, walkable, bikeable, excellent restaurants, and shopping, parks, close to UT and Downtown.  

How long have you lived in Knoxville? 20 years.

Where else have you lived? Ohio.

Quick Bits

Favorite TV show….  Modern Family & CBS Sunday Morning

Favorite movie… Shawshank Redemption

Favorite vacation…2004 trip to Europe, which included being in Normandy France on the  60th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion. 

Favorite time of day (and why)… 3:14 (pi time)

Best advice you’ve ever been given… If something is worth doing, do it right.

Four people (dead or alive) you would love to have dinner with…Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, Sam Walton, and my great grandfather.

How do you spend your free time…. Raising amazing daughters, hiking, biking, cooking for family and friends, losing golf balls, and training my new puppy. 

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