The director leaves the economic council


May 3 – The Wilson County Joint Economic and Community Development Board will be under new management in the coming months after its executive director, GC Hixson, officially announced his retirement at a board meeting on Tuesday. .

Hixson has served in this role for 17 years, having overseen the introduction of numerous distribution centers and large-scale manufacturing facilities in Wilson County. Recently, Tritium, an eclectic vehicle manufacturing company, expanded its operations to include a North American site in Lebanon as part of an initiative announced by the White House. Additionally, online retailer Chewy’s moved to Wilson County, bringing with it more than 1,000 new jobs.

In a letter to the board, Hixson called the directorship a “privilege” and that the decision to step down was not one he took lightly.

“It is after careful thought, discussion, consideration and prayers that I (decided) today to inform the board of directors of my intention to resign,” he wrote in a letter. “The JECDB has provided a unique opportunity to work at the very foundation and core of economic development. It has provided the opportunity to work with dedicated elected officials, ever-dedicated board members and many community economic volunteers. Many these individuals have and will continue to be lifelong business associates and/or personal friends.”

Going forward, Hixson has indicated that he would like to remain actively engaged throughout the transition phase.

“I know a smooth transition will occur thanks to the hard work and support of Deputy Director (JECDB) Tammy Stokes, for whom I have the greatest trust and respect,” the letter read.

In an email, Stokes said the details of the transition would be worked out at the next JECDB executive committee meeting, to be held on May 5.

As for Hixson’s successor, Stokes said, “In the past the organization has appointed a search committee to conduct a national search.”


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