The 60th Annual Governor's Conference  

The 60th Annual Governor's Conference on Economic and Community Development to Featured More Than 60 Speakers from Around the World.


The 60th Annual Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development (  was held October 3 – 4 at the Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn. The conference focused on recognizing and acknowledging Tennessee’s past accomplishments while looking forward to the future.“Tennessee is experiencing an unprecedented amount of momentum when it comes to job creation, as our reputation for providing the best location for business growth and expansion continues to build globally” ECD Commissioner Bill Hagerty said. “The Governor’s Conference gives economic development professionals from around the state a chance to learn from a variety of experts and strengthen their skillset, while hopefully leaving with a renewed sense of purpose for reinvesting in Tennessee’s bright future.”The two-day conference included multiple educational sessions with the latest on economic development topics including automotive manufacturing, entrepreneurship, exporting, incentives, marketing, retail, foreign direct investment, workforce development, certified sites and more.Consul General Honorable Cemalettin Aydin and Executive Director (TN) from Turkish American Chamber Alp U. Levent joined the conference and met with Governor, Several Commissioners and Assistant Commissioners, Secretary of State, Metropolitan Nashville Mayor, Knoxville City Mayor, State Comptroller, Nashville Area Chamber President, State Trade Director, Health Care Council President, Nashville City Sister President and director, TSU, Belmont and Lipscomb University authorizes etc.Consul General Hon. Cemalettin Aydin joined the panel discussion on October 4, 2013 with Israel, Canada, UK and Japan Consul Generals. The topic was; Tennessee and the Global Economy “An uncertain world economy provides a challenging backdrop in the global competition for new jobs and investment. Learn from a panel of Consuls General about the economies in their respective countries and the how this could impact economic development in Tennessee”.