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The Southeast Tennessee region has a diverse employment base, with the service, manufacturing and agriculture sectors accounting for the majority of jobs in the region. Contributing to those successes are regional assets including two major interstates, the Tennessee River with associated ports and barge access, rail access and regional and ample industrial land.



Southeast Regional Team
Sam Wills
Southeast Tennessee Regional Director

Prior to being named Regional Director in June 2014, Wills served in several capacities over his 20 year career with EMJ Corporation, Inc., one of the nation’s leading construction management firms. Most recently he was the Director of Business Development assisting in the procurement of industrial projects for the company, including Volkswagen, Wacker Polysilicon, Occidental Chemical and others.

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Wills brings a vast amount of experience in working with other business sectors including healthcare, education, retail, hospitality, warehousing and distribution. He has established longstanding relationships with key leaders in both the public and private sectors within the region. He is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, TN and acquired a Masters of Divinity degree from Mid America Baptist Theological Seminary in Memphis, TN.

Sam.Wills@tn.gov   (423) 254-4275

Business Development Consultants
Joe Cadle
Joe.Cadle@tn.gov
423-637-1056
Blake Poole
Blake.Poole@tn.gov
423-598-1319









Southeast Tennessee At A Glance