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Economic Development Division
Patrice Collins
Economic Development Assistant
Phone Number: 
(865) 246-2646

I assist in the overall economic development efforts of new and existing business/industry. I provide administrative support to the vice president of economic development and to the entire economic development department. I coordinate and provide administrative support for committee meetings for Innovation Valley, Economic & Community Development Committee, and the Agribusiness Committee, as well as administrative support for the Oak Ridge Carbon Fiber Composites Consortium. I also provide administrative support for the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council and is the military support/affairs contact for the Chamber.

Joined the Chamber in 2008

Education and/or Professional Accreditations:

  • Bachelor of Arts in business administration and management, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire

Professional Affiliations:

  • 2014 Medal of Honor Convention Executive Committee Member
  • Vice President, American Legion Auxiliary, Post 2, Knoxville TN 
  • Red Cross "Support of the Armed Forces" Committee Member

Know My Knoxville

Favorite Knoxville location? My favorite location in the city is the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial at World’s Fair Park.

Favorite thing about Knoxville? The beauty of the Smoky Mountains and the four seasons Knoxville enjoys, but most of all the friendliness and southern charm of the people in Knoxville.

What part of town do you live in? North Knoxville (Halls). 

Why did you choose that part of town? We wanted to live in a more rural area of Knoxville that had good schools and homes were well-priced. 

What makes it special? The small town atmosphere which is similar to the small towns both my husband and I grew up in.

How long have you lived in Knoxville? Seventeen years. 

Where else have you lived? I was raised and lived in Tomahawk, Wis., (five hours north of Milwaukee) for 21 years, I lived in Eau Claire, Wisconsin for four years while going to college, then moved to Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., where I lived for 11 years. 

Quick Bits

Favorite actor/actress...Tom Hanks/Melissa McCarthy

Favorite vacation...Hilton Head Beach, S.C.

Favorite sports team...Green Bay Packers

Favorite time of day (and why)...Morning – I have a lot more energy in the mornings, and always grateful to have woken up and been given another day of life to enjoy.

Best advice you’ve ever been given...Do more listening than talking

Four people (dead or alive) you would love to have dinner with...My Mom, My Grandpa and Grandma Lokken (whom I never had a chance to meet), and Ronald Reagan. 

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