Deputy Commissioner of Business, Community and Rural Development
Allen Borden serves as Assistant Commissioner of Business Development for the Department of Economic and Community Development. Borden is focused on job creation across the state and is responsible for expansions of existing companies, the recruitment of new companies to Tennessee and the FastTrack Incentive Team.
Mr. Borden is from Maryville in Blount County, Tennessee. He earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Tennessee and began his career in economic development with the Greater Knoxville Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Borden has held additional economic development positions including Executive Vice-President of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Blount County Industrial Board and Smoky Mountains Visitors Bureau. He was appointed by then-Mayor Victor Ashe as Director of Economic Development for the City of Knoxville.
Mr. Borden later moved into the private sector where he has held executive positions in the staffing industry, banking industry, call center/outsourcing business, and commercial real estate & development. Mr. Borden has now come "full circle" and is excited to be back involved in what he calls "direct" economic development. Borden resides in Nashville, Tennessee.