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Conceived in late 2007 as an initiative of the business development committee of the Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Clarksville Young Professionals is Chamber affiliate dedicated to the advancement of our community through community service, professional development, and networking opportunities, for emerging community and business leaders ages 21-45. This is not your father’s civic club or your mother’s garden club! We are dedicated to providing a launch pad of ideas, resources, and a united voice from our young professional community through innovative programs, projects, and social events.
Chairman - Kimberly Miller
To create a platform for Young Professionals to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active and contribute to the economic development and high quality of living in our community.
Clarksville Young Professionals is dedicated to the advancement of our community through community service, professional development and networking opportunities for the emerging business and community leaders ages 21-45.
We recognize the need for professional development and networking opportunities and we want to be an elite group of young people, each bringing something to the table insuring our members continue to receive quality opportunities for growth as young professionals.
• Cultivate the next generation of leaders
• Provide opportunities for professional development through workshops, mentors and education
• Facilitate opportunities for building business relationships
• Require members to be invested in the community through volunteering and community involvements
• Bridge the generation gap
• Enhance the local community and encouraging economic development by creating an atmosphere of mutual respect and professional growth
We meet monthly, on the first working Wednesday of every month at noon at the Chamber of Commerce Office, 25 Jefferson Street, Suite 300
Dues are $50 annually and you can sign up
Visit our Web Site to learn more about our upcoming events at www.clarksvilleyps.com
Statues of Patriots Park Project
Letter From Jim Durrett
Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce
The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee is paying tribute to the men and women who serve at Ft Campbell by erecting nine 18 foot tall statues in the area of Patriots Park situated between the north and southbound lanes of Highway 41A near Gate 3. The total cost of the project is estimated to be $450,000. It is our goal to raise the money from private donations.
This project is something I am passionate about and have wanted to do for years. When I am asked why we should care about paying tribute to the men and women of the 101st Airborne Division I think of two things (1) what Fort Campbell has meant to our community and (2) the sacrifices that have been made by the thousands who have served our nation.
As citizens and business owners of Clarksville, we are a vital part of the support system for our military families. We have to do our part to share in their sacrifice, to help honor the lives dedicated and sacrificed for our freedom. It is the least we can do.
View the Statues of Patriots Park brochure here.
*This is a fundraising campaign of the Aspire Clarksville Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions to Aspire may be deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.
About the Military Affairs Committee
As early as 1970, a Military Affairs Committee can be documented in the Chamber’s history. The Vice-Chair, along with the committee members, has always worked with the Command Group at Fort Campbell to meet and provide for the families who locate within our community. Primary objectives this year will center on welcome home events, and participate in the annual Citizens for Fort Campbell advocacy trip to Washington, D.C. in the spring, where approximately sixty citizens from Clarksville, Hopkinsville, and Oak Grove advocate for projects for Fort Campbell.
This committee hosts Warrior Week, a week-long event that includes activities such as:
- An Annual Marksmanship Competition
- Movie Night
- Godfather Golf Tournament - a signature event
- The Finale Picnic and Fun Fair
Warrior Week activities are all made possible by the generous support of member businesses and the community. Additionally, this committee has an initiative to recognize the long history of military in our area through the Veteran’s Day Breakfast and support of other programs in the area.
Public & Community Affairs
See the 2014 Chamber Legislative Agenda Here
The broad reaching goals of the Public and Community Affairs committee include education initiatives such as:
- Partners In Education
- The Imagination Library program partnership
- Community Clean Up Days
Over 5,000 children in Montgomery County are currently enrolled in the Imagination Library program and the committee works to find ways to fund the program. The Great American Clean Up is held in the spring of each year and member businesses volunteer to help clean up Clarksville.
The committee partners with the Clarksville-Montgomery County School System to support education initiatives such as 100% Graduation and the Partners In Education breakfast serving as the connection between businesses and schools. The Chamber partners with the Montgomery County Career Center to host a Career Fair with approximately 3,000 job seekers visiting the 100 exhibiting organizations.
Each year the committee works to craft the Chamber’s legislative agenda and present it to the Montgomery County delegation in Nashville. The delegation participates in committee meetings to discuss community issues to help determine areas of advocacy. Election year political forums provide an opportunity for candidates to answer questions. The committee planned a very successful international visit to China with twenty-five delegates participating and getting acquainted with the ancient yet changing culture in search of connections to our community.2014_legislative_agenda_ol.pdf
Download an Ambassador Application Here
The Chamber Ambassadors serve as a link between the Chamber board, staff and the general membership. Through surveys, networking and interacting, we can gather feedback that will help to develop the programs and initiatives our members need and will support. By attending events, Chamber Ambassadors can facilitate not only our connection to members but develop relationships for their own businesses as well. A perfect committee for those in sales, it often offers the opportunity to meet the newly opened businesses that join the Chamber. They also make sure that the needs of our current members are being met through visits, calls and email. Ambassadors serve the Chamber through participation in events such as Business After Hours, Ribbon Cuttings, Ground Breakings and Power Breakfasts.
The following are members of the 2014-2015 Chamber Ambassador Program.
Coupon Mint of Clarksville, LLC
F & M Bank
Montgomery County Farm Bureau
Amber Elder Anderson
Comcast Spotlight Advertising
First Advantage Bank
Stone, Rudolph & Henry PLC
First Advantage Bank
Sporty’s Awards & Engraving
5 Star Radio Group
Clarksville Family Magazine
F & M Bank
Cumberland Bank & Trust
Cumberland Bank & Trust
Membership Services is focused on developing and enhancing Chamber programs that both support existing members and encourage recruitment of new members. This committee works hand in hand with the Ambassador group as a link to the membership to ensure that the Chamber continues to represent all members equally. This committee will plan and execute the nomination process for the newly created, Clarksville Chamber Community Commitment Award.
Membership Services is responsible for:
- The Annual Gala
- The Chamber membership Golf Scramble
- Monthly Business After Hours
The Business Development Committee focuses their efforts on key initiatives to support all forms of business in the community. Primary programs include:
- Women in Business
- Power Breakfast
- Home and Garden Show
These events invite speakers to educate and inspire business owners to go the next level. The Live Local campaign, which encourages residents to think and buy local, was an initiative of this committee and was marketed throughout the community by sponsoring member businesses. The committee visited many of our local industries and businesses this past year to show our support and appreciation of existing industries in our community.
The committee also supports the Better Beef Show and Farm Family of the Year. The Kenneth Johnson Memorial Award was presented to the Chamber at the awards program for their dedication and support of the Beef Show. The Clarksville Young Professionals kicked off in October 2007 with over 150 members wanting to build relationships, develop professionally, become politically and philanthropically active, and contribute to the economic development and high quality of life in our community.
Presidential Member Profiles
Presidential members represent our top level of membership investors. It is through their level of commitment to our organization and this community,that the Chamber can continue to grow its programs and initiatives.
Regions Financial Corporation, with $127 billion in assets, is a member of the S&P 500 Index and one of the nation’s largest full-service providers of consumer and commercial banking, wealth management, mortgage and insurance products and services. Regions serves customers in 16 states across the South, Midwest and Texas, and through its subsidiary, Regions Bank, operates approximately 1,700 banking offices and 2,100 ATMs. Additional information about Regions and its full line of products and services can be found at http://www.regions.com
City of Clarksville
The City of Clarksville, Founded in 1784, is governed by the Mayor-Council system. The Mayor is elected at-large and serves a four-year term. The City Council is composed of 12 members who are elected from wards.
F & M Bank
F&M Bank, headquartered in Clarksville, is one of the top 15 independent banks in the state. Full service offices are located throughout Middle Tennessee in Montgomery, Rutherford, Robertson, Wilson, Putnam, Stewart, and Sumner counties. F&M Bank also has a top notch Mortgage team with additional offices located in Davidson, Williamson, and Wilson counties.
First Advantage Bank
First Advantage Bank, First Federal Savings Bank, has been serving the community Clarksville since 1954. First Advantage Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of First Advantage Bancorp. Publicly traded on the Nasdaq Global Market: FABK.
The 5-Star Radio Group owns and operates six local radio stations covering all of Clarksville, Fort Campbell, Hopkinsville, Oak Grove and up to 42 outlying counties. The six stations (Q-108, Beaver 100.3, Eagle 94.3, Z 97-5, Sports Radio 540 “The Fan” and JOY 1370) of this group have a potential reach of over 90% of the metro population on a weekly basis. 5 Star Radio also operates clarksvillenow.com, a local, up to the minute news source for the community.
Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union
Fort Campbell Federal Credit Union Offers membership to anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in Montgomery and Stewart counties in Tennessee and Christian, Trigg or Todd counties in Kentucky.
Gateway Medical Center
Gateway Medical Center is a 270-bed, acute-care facility serving upper middle Tennessee and south central Kentucky. Its 1,100 employees served almost 12,300 inpatients and 61,300 emergency patients in 2011. Gateway touts over 40 medical specialties including cardiology, interventional cardiology, cardiothoracic, general, vascular, bariatric (weight loss) and orthopedic surgery, neurology, infectious disease, interventional radiology, neonatology, oncology, pulmonology, and urology. Gateway’s commitment to excellence is demonstrated through these national honors: Joint Commission Accreditation, Mammography Accreditation, Diabetes Education Recognition, Cancer program approval and most recently Accredited Chest Pain Center. Services include heart surgery, joint replacement, minimally invasive endo-vascular surgery, emergency services, 64-slice CT, comprehensive rehabilitation, hyperbaric oxygen therapy, and cancer care.
Jack B. Turner & Associates
Jack B. Turner & Associates Inc. was incorporated September 25, 1973. The company specializes in insurance and financial planning for individuals, estates, and businesses. Central to their mission are the highest degree of personal service, a tradition of integrity, and a deep respect for clients.
Legends Bank is a local community bank with 7 offices in Clarksville, Dover, and Brentwood-Williamson County with an 8th location coming to the Green Hills Mall area, Nashville, in the fall. Since establishing in 1998, Legends Bank continues to be involved in many community-enriching projects and supports several charitable organizations in the communities they serve.
The Leaf-Chronicle is Clarksville’s leading source of online news and information and digital marketing services. Its print edition, established in 1808, is Tennessee’s oldest newspaper. The regional media company became part of Gannett Co. Inc. in 1995, and is led by Richard V. Stevens, Editor & General Manager.
Trane Heating and Cooling Systems
Trane – a brand of Ingersoll Rand - helps improve lives around the world through innovative heating and air conditioning systems, services and solutions. Ingersoll Rand is a world leader in creating and sustaining safe, comfortable and efficient environments. Ninety-five percent of products produced in Clarksville are distributed throughout North America and five percent distributed worldwide, serving industries such as retail stores, restaurants, offices, healthcare, government buildings, manufacturing and industrial sites.
Trane has been a cornerstone in the Clarksville community since 1958. The local workforce is the key to its continued success. With more than 1,400 employees, many of which are members of the Local 1296 of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers union, the Clarksville facility is a significant employer in the area. Each year, the facility generates a payroll of more than $67 million, which cascades through local purchases and investments across the Clarksville region.
Hemlock Semiconductor, LLC
Hemlock Semiconductor is a leading provider of polycrystalline silicon and other silicon-based products used in the manufacturing of semiconductor devices and solar cells and modules. Hemlock Semiconductor broke ground at its Tennessee location in 2009.
The Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce offers members an array of opportunities for involvement through programs, events, and committees. Each Chamber member is encouraged to engage in at least one area of interest or influence so that the Chamber’s voice is strong and accurately represents its broad membership base.
View pictures from Business After Hours hosted by Hops Road
View pictures from the 2015 Mayors’ Power Breakfast