• State Rep. Kelly Keisling

Gov. Bill Lee Establishes Economic Recovery Group to Reboot Tennessee Economy

Today, Governor Bill Lee established the Economic Recovery Group, a joint effort between state departments, members of the legislature and leaders from the private sector to build guidance to safely reboot Tennessee's economy.


"COVID-19 has not only created a public health crisis, it has hurt thousands of businesses and hundreds of thousands of hardworking Tennesseans," said Gov. Lee. "As we work to safely open Tennessee's economy, this group will provide guidance to industries across the state on the best ways to get Tennesseans back to work."


The group is led by Tennessee Department of Tourism Development Commissioner Mark Ezell.


"This public-private partnership will prioritize connection, collaboration, and communication across industries, the medical community and state government" said Ezell. "We're grateful to these leaders for serving at a critical time in our state's history."


Sammie Arnold will serve as the chief of staff for the Economic Recovery Group. Arnold currently serves as the Assistant Commissioner of Rural Development at the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.


Members of the Economic Recovery Group include:


Lee Administration Representatives:


Mark Ezell, Director


Sammie Arnold, Chief of Staff


House Majority Leader William Lamberth (R - Portland)


Senate Majority Leader Jack Johnson (R - Franklin)


Brandon Gibson, Senior Advisor to Governor Lee


Bob Rolfe, Department of Economic and Community Development


Greg Gonzales, Department of Financial Institutions


David Gerregano, Department of Revenue


Dr. Charles Hatcher, Department of Agriculture


Dr. Jeff McCord, Department of Labor and Workforce Development


Hodgen Mainda, Department of Commerce and Insurance


Tony Niknejad, Governor's Office


Brig. Gen. Scott Brower, COVID-19 Unified Command


Dr. Morgan McDonald, TN Dept. of Health, Deputy Commissioner


Butch Eley, Department of Finance & Administration



Industry Representatives:


Jim Brown, National Federation of Independent Business


Bradley Jackson, TN Chamber of Commerce


Beverly Robertson, President & CEO of the Memphis Chamber of Commerce


Rob Ikard, TN Grocers & Convenience Store Association


Rob Mortensen, TN Hospitality & Tourism Association


Colin Barrett, TN Bankers Association


Fred Robinson, TN Credit Union League


Dave Huneryager, TN Trucking Association


Will Cromer, TN Hospital Association


Mayor Kevin Davis, President of TN County Services Association


Mayor Jill Holland, President of TN Municipal League


Jeff Aiken, TN Farm Bureau


Tari Hughes, Center for Non-Profit Management


Roland Myers, TN Retail Association


Clay Crownover, President & CEO of Associated Builders & Contractors of Tennessee


To reach State Representative Kelly Keisling, call 615-741-6853 or email him at rep.kelly.keisling@capitol.tn.gov.

Post Office Box 577, Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549
(615) 741-6852 | kelly@kellykeislingtn.com

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