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Greene County Partnership Announces Hiring Of New CEO

August 3–

Greeneville, TN – Following a national search, the executive committee of the Greene County Partnership has named Matt Garland as the new president and chief executive officer of the organization.

"At his previous position with the State of Tennessee, Matt was tasked with overseeing multiple projects from start to finish.  He managed all aspects of the projects which included overseeing work and details for federal, state, and local stakeholders," said Partnership Chairman Chris Marsh. "In the future, Matt will take the leadership role and provide exceptional, focused, and timely service to provide economic growth to Greeneville and Greene County.  It is our belief that Matt will bring integrity, self-motivation, organization, and team player skills to his position with the Greene County Partnership."

Garland most recently served as Business Development Consultant with the State of Tennessee in Johnson City, TN.  A Johnson City native, he previously held the position of Economic Development Specialist with the State of Tennessee. Garland has worked to promote economic growth in the Northeast Tennessee Region for the past nine years.

Garland was chosen after the search committee interviewed finalists from across the United States. The thorough search process began last September.  The 10-member search committee conducted interviews with the assistance of Mississippi-based executive search firm, Logan Development Group. More than 40 candidates from across the country expressed interest in the position.

"I would like to thank the 10 other members that served on the search committee for the Greene County Partnership," stated Marsh, who also chaired the search committee.  "Our search committee made a wise selection in choosing Matt.  I think that one of Matt’s biggest strengths is that he has a strong relationship with the State of Tennessee and its economic and business development agencies.”

The Greene County Partnership, now in its 23rd year of operation, is a result of the consolidation of the local Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development, Tourism and Keep Greene Beautiful, with the Education & Workforce Development Department being added to the umbrella organization in 1995.  During its short history, the Partnership has recruited 19 new industries to the community, as well as assisted with dozens of industrial expansions.

Garland and his wife, Rachel, have two children, Olivia and Will, and they will be making their home in Greene County. Garland will begin his new role as the CEO on September 1.