History

The West Tennessee Industrial Association (WTIA) had its beginning in 1956 as a membership organization consisting of banks, electric and gas departments and even interested individuals. Today, WTIA is funded by the electric power distributors in West Tennessee who purchase power from the Tennessee Valley Authority.  There are 23 electric power distributors in West Tennessee and 158 in the Tennessee Valley Area. We are a private, not-for-profit association, which works on a confidential basis to assist companies, site search consultants and our communities with economic development projects.

WTIA’s primary purpose is to market, on a worldwide basis, the advantages of doing business in West Tennessee. The Association’s number one priority is to search for companies interested in relocating, expanding or building a facility in the 21-county West Tennessee region. Much assistance is given to the communities of West Tennessee to ensure that they are prepared for economic development opportunities.

WTIA provides, on a regional basis, information on available industrial buildings and sites, utilities, taxes, wages, labor, transportation and other studies and research for project consideration. The Association works closely with the State of Tennessee, the Tennessee Valley Authority, elected officials, the regional Development Districts, colleges and universities and local chambers of commerce. The overall mission is to foster any economic development opportunities for the region.

The West Tennessee region has 23 pre-certified industrial sites that are Deal Ready and 16 Tennessee Select Sites. These industrial sites are a minimum of 20 acres and have been rigorously screened on over 100 development criteria by third-party consultants. All certified sites are ready for development, correctly zoned and have been environmentally cleared of any problems.