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    Gov. Bill Lee established the Economic Recovery Group (ERG) in April 2020, a public-private partnership that will prioritize connection, collaboration, and communication across industries, the medical community and state government to safely reboot Tennessee’s economy. The group is led by the Tennessee Department of Tourism Development Commissioner Mark Ezell with Sammie Arnold of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development serving as Chief of Staff.

    Working with the state’s departments of tourism, economic development, and revenue, members of the Tennessee General Assembly, and business leaders, ERG crafted specific industry guidance to safely reboot our state's economy. The Tennessee Pledge is a careful, measured approach to get our state working in a way that does not depend on heavy-handed mandates but instead works hand in hand with businesses of all sizes. As businesses take the Tennessee Pledge, they are creating a safe environment for employees and customers. 


    Tennessee Pledge: Reopening Tennessee Responsibly

    Bill Lee

    Governor State of Tennessee

    Mark Ezell

    Director Economic Recovery Group

    Sammie Arnold

    Chief of Staff Economic Recovery Group


    We want to hear from Tennesseans as we build solutions for economic recovery.

    Please share how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting your business and what you need most from our Economic Recovery Group in this process.