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The Jennings & Rebecca Jones Chair of Excellence in Urban and Regional Planning

Kendrick Curtis

Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association – Assistant Executive Director

As the Assistant Executive Director for the Middle Tennessee Industrial Development Association (MTIDA), Kendrick assists communities with their economic development activities in 40 central Tennessee counties. An association of the electric power and natural gas distributors in the region, MTIDA provides support services for industrial recruitment in cooperation with the State of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority.  Prior to joining MTIDA, Kendrick served as Community and Rural Development Director for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD).  With responsibility for the state’s Select Tennessee Site Certification, Main Street, National Flood Insurance, Retire Tennessee, and Adventure Tourism programs, Kendrick led TNECD’s efforts to foster economic development in rural areas and small towns. Previously Kendrick served as TNECD’s Technical Program Director where he developed and administered the state’s industrial site certification program and coordinated efforts related to supplier preparation for the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12.  Prior to serving in this capacity, Kendrick worked in the state’s Local Planning Assistance Office where he served as both the agency’s GIS Manager and as a Principal Planner.  Kendrick holds Ph.D. and MS degrees from the University of Tennessee and a BA from the University of North Alabama. Kendrick currently lives in Nashville with his wife and two daughters.

Areas of Interest:

  1. Industrial Real Estate Development
  2. Geographic Information Systems and Mapping/Spatial Analysis
  3. Regional Compensation Data and Analysis for Industry

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