As part of Governor Haslam’s Jobs4TN economic development plan, ECD fundamentally restructured its field staff to establish a "jobs base camp" in each of the nine regions across the state. ECD also selected regional directors to run each base camp. The nine regional directors reside in each of the regions and serve as the primary point-of-contact for Tennessee companies seeking state assistance with expansion or with accessing state services.
A key function of the nine jobs base camps is to reach out to rural counties to incorporate them into broader regional economic development strategies that leverage existing resources and maximize the assets of rural communities. Each base camp worked with local partners to develop and/or revise a regional economic development plan and align existing federal and state resources around that plan.