Business Resources

The following organizations are partners and business resources with the Decatur County Chamber of Commerce in promoting economic development in our community.

102 East College Street
Jackson, Tennessee 38301
Phone: (731) 668-7112

Southwest Tennessee Development District is an organization created by the
Tennessee General Assembly under the Tennessee Development District Act of 1965. Like all districts, SWTDD provides comprehensive planning and promotes economic, community, and human resource development in a defined geographic area.

As a public non-profit association of local governments, SWTDD serves Chester,
Decatur, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, McNairy, and Madison Counties.
An Executive Director & Board of Directors (including member government officials,
state representatives, and minority representatives) manage SWTDD. Its 24-member
Executive Committee meets six times per year to set policy and conduct business.
Organized in 1971, SWTDD is staffed by 31 people with expertise in district
management, economic development, community development, housing,
environmental planning, regional planning, aging assistance, social work, nursing,
grant writing, educational assistance, and public guardianship for the elderly.
Financial support is provided from EDA, THDA, Tennessee Departments of ECD,
Transportation and Environment & Conservation, TACIR, TN Commission on Aging
& Disability, TennCare, Delta Regional Authority, USDA Rural Development, and
others. SWTDD’s REDI is funded by grants from local, state, and federal agencies.
Funds received from the Commission on Aging & Disability are distributed
through contracts to senior centers and regional service provider agencies. SWTDD
also receives fees for grant management services rendered for member governments and income from its small business loan program. SWTDD is designated as a regional clearinghouse for projects under Executive Order 12372 and acts as the Regional Affiliate Data Center for the Bureau of the Census.

26 Conrad Drive
Jackson, Tennessee 38305
Phone: (731) 668-4300

West Tennessee Industrial Association is one of the most established industrial development organizations in the United States. They provide information and support to expanding and or relocating companies.

WTIA is empowered by electric power distributors to assist you in finding a site within our area where your company can benefit from the global advantages of doing business in West Tennessee.


312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue
Nashville, TN 37243
Telephone: (615) 741-1888

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. The department seeks to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth.

Decatur County is located in and part of the Southwest Region of the State of Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development Department. This Southwest Tennessee Regional Team is headed by Regional Director Tracey Exum. Her office is located in Jackson, Tennessee, and she can be reached at (731) 414-4463 or email at


Chuck Marquis
Morgan Keegan Building
50 North Front Street
Memphis, TN 38103

Telephone: (901) 577-2626
Cell: (901) 619-4304

We serve the seven states that make up the TVA service area – almost all of Tennessee and parts of Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Virginia and Kentucky. Through our partnerships with other economic development organizations, we help foster capital investment and job growth in the area. Site Selection magazine has named us one the top 10 utilities in economic development for the ninth straight year.

USDA – United States Department of Agriculture/Rural Development

Jackson, TN area office

Arlisa Armstrong, Area Director
85-G Stonebrook Place
Jackson, TN 38305

Telephone: (800) 342-3148 or (731) 668-2091 (2)

Counties served: Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, Henderson, Lauderdale, McNairy, Madison, Shelby and Tipton.

To assist the country in addressing today’s challenges, Rural Development operates as a catalyst to impact the success of the Department’s lead goal:

Assist rural communities to create prosperity so they are self-sustaining, re-populating, and economically thriving.
Now and in the future, prosperity in rural America depends on ensuring that residents have a wide range of economic opportunities. Rural America’s historic strengths — agriculture and forestry — will continue as one part of the picture. Rural Development works to make sure that rural citizens can participate fully in the global economy — with technical assistance and programs that help rural Americans build strong economies to improve their quality of life.