Economic Development

Chuck Shoopman, Assistant Vice President

Chuck Shoopman is Assistant Vice President of the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service (IPS).  The Institute is composed of five outreach organizations that connect people and solutions to improve the efficiency and performance of businesses and governments across Tennessee.

Jim Thomas, Executive Director

Vita ofJim ThomasPROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCEThe University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS)            Knoxville, Tennessee                                                                                                                                          2011 to present  Serve as executive director of an agency of the UT Institute of Public Service, which, through a statewide staff of management and technical consultants and administrative support personnel, provides technical consulting, research and training to municipal governments in Tennessee.City of Goodlett

Steve Thompson, Assistant Vice President

STEVE THOMPSON is Assistant Vice President with the Institute for Public Service with the University of Tennessee. Steve joined the University as Executive Director of the Municipal Technical Advisory Service in July of 2010.  A former city manager in cities in South Carolina, Virginia and Florida, Steve has extensive experience in a wide range of services and projects impacting small to large local governments, and has emphasized success with development, financial management and community partnerships.  Steve is also a former member of the Governmental Accounting Standards Advisory Counc

Paul Jennings, Executive Director

Paul Jennings serves as Executive Director for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UTCIS).   UTCIS, an agency of the UT Institute of Public Service, has the mission is to deliver solutions that help Tennessee businesses grow, succeed and create high quality jobs.  CIS solutions address business growth, performance, regulatory and sustainability concerns and opportunities.  Jennings has held positions with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, University of Memphis and Columbia State Community College.  He holds a BS from University of Evans

Martha Kelley, IPS Consultant

Martha Kelley serves as a Performance Improvement Consultant with the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Studies, currently focusing on process improvement projects for the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development. She also consults with a variety of business, non-profit, medical, and educational organizations.

Erin Ketelle, Program Manager, DRIVE

Erin Ketelle is the Program Manager for the DRIVE Initiative.Erin has her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Public Administration and Urban Planning from the University of Tennessee.Erin began her career with IPS during graduate school while working an internship at the Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). Immediately following graduation, she accepted a job in Nashville as the Legislative Assistant with the County Officials Association of Tennessee and soon thereafter became the Research Coordinator for the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS).

Ronnie Neill, Municipal Management Consultant

Ronnie Neill has been a Management Consultant with the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS) in West Tennessee since 1993. The cities that he serves in West Tennessee are in Tipton, Shelby, Hardeman, McNairy, and Hardin counties. In addition to his role as a management consultant, he also serves as the Secretary of the Tennessee Public Risk Management Association, a statewide association of city and county public risk managers.Ronnie's career began in Fayette County as a Youth Services officer for the Fayette County Juvenile Court.

Warren Nevad, Municipal Management Consultant

Warren Nevad has over 25 years’ experience in municipal management in Florida, Georgia and Tennessee. Since 1999 he has served as a Municipal Management Consultant for the University of Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service (MTAS). He provides technical assistance to 48 cities in Tennessee. Warren received his master’s degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University in 1992. He also earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia in 1987.

Beth Phillips, Economic Development Team Leader

Beth Phillips leads the Economic Development Team of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services, an agency of the Institute for Public Service.  Working with partners across the state, the team focuses on connecting businesses, governments, and economic development organizations with the assets of the university to grow Tennessee’s economy.

Jeff Broughton, Municipal Management Consultant

Jeff was hired as a municipal management consultant working out of the Nashville office in June 2013.  He covers Middle Tennessee from Nashville south to the Alabama state line.Prior to that, Jeff served as a city manager for 25 years and has over 35 years of combined municipal management experience in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Illinois.  Service as city manager include the Tennessee cities of Bristol (2004-2013) and Oak Ridge (1986-1995), as well as Henderson Kentucky (1995-2004).Jeff has a Master's Degree in public administration from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Illinois; as

Dana Deem, Municipal Management Consultant

I grew up in the Washington DC. area.  After high school I enlisted in the Air Force and served 21 years, living overseas in the Philippines and Germany.  After the Air Force I went to work for the City of McKenzie, Tennessee as their City recorder and Finance Director.  Before joining the IPS staff in 2010, I served the City of Clifton, Tennessee as their City Manager.

Kim Denton, TCED Director

Kim Denton serves as the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Director for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.  The TCED Program provides quality training, continuing education and professional development opportunities for economic and community development practitioners and community leaders.Denton came to the university in 2014 as Associate Director in the UT Office of Corporate & Foundation Engagement, which connects industry and foundation partners to opportunities in research, innovation, technology and economic development.  Denton also served as

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