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Mike Edwards

Michael Edwards - Educations

Mr. Mike Edwards was first appointed to the State Board of Education in 2011 and was reappointed in 2016. Outside of his work on the State Board, Mr. Edwards has served as the President and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber since September 2002. Under his leadership, the Knoxville Chamber was named the 2011 Chamber of the Year by the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and holds a Five-Star Accreditation from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.Mr. Edwards is a former retail developer, and prior to that he served for 17 years as CEO of the Public Building Authority of Knox County and the City of Knoxville.In 2008, the Chamber and other regional partners developed a comprehensive economic development initiative. Known as Innovation Valley Inc., this investor-directed program is designed to recruit, retain, and help businesses expand in the region with a focus on technology-led economic development. Developing the knowledge and skilled workforce necessary for this growth is a major focus of this effort.Additionally, Mr. Edwards serves his community through his membership on the Board of Trustees for the Great Schools Partnership and the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation. He also serves as chair of the YMCA of East Tennessee and sits on the board of the UT-Battelle Development Corporation.