TEDC President Mike Evans expressed his respect and gratitude for Brandon when he stated, "Joe Brandon has been dedicated, passionate and tireless in his role as an economic development leader. He exemplifies what we look for in a recipient of the Lifetime Membership Award."
"An economically strong Tennessee benefits all of us. I look forward to continued service to my community and state," Brandon stated. "I am honored by this recognition from the Tennessee Economic Development Council."
Brandon's dedication to Tennessee's economic strength is exemplified in his many roles in economic development throughout his lengthy career. Brandon has served as Director of Existing Industry Services and Assistant Commissioner for Business Services for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD). Brandon introduced the Retention and Expansion (R&E) program to Tennessee, which is focused on training community leaders and stakeholders to prevent industry closures and/or relocations and their impact on local communities.
Brandon also began a Technology Transfer/Utilization program in Tennessee in partnership with UT Center for Industrial Services and Oak Ridge National Lab, granting industry access to valuable technologies, otherwise prevented from use by restrictive patents.
Also deeply involved in economic development on the local level, Brandon served three terms as vice chairman of Lewisburg's first Industrial Development Board.
A dedicated member of TEDC (formerly TIDC), Brandon has served for a decade as principal fundraiser for the organization, and for a time as Middle Tennessee Director.
TEDC is a statewide professional organization for people involved in economic development. Recipients of the Lifetime Membership Award must be nominated by an active TEDC member. The recipient must have been a member of the Council for 20 years and should have served as an officer or a director. The candidate must have made a significant contribution to economic development with the State of Tennessee and reached the age of 60. Brandon's accomplishments were recognized Sept. 29, at the TEDC Annual Fall Conference, which was held in Memphis.