The Tennessee Chamber is an organization with a long, proud history.  It started in 1912, when 150 industrialists boarded a train in Chattanooga to head to Nashville. They were on a mission and it involved what they considered to be “unfair taxes”.  They were led by a 20-piece brass band and made stops along the railroad route to pick up other businessmen.

They arrived in Nashville to find that trains from the other Grand Divisions of the state were here, bearing business leaders who all shared the same common purpose:  create an organization to represent interests of the state’s businesses.

It was the birth of the ancestor of the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and it was a recognition that, no matter where you are located in the great state of Tennessee, matters of public policy require a cooperative effort and a single unified voice.

A century later, little has changed.

The Tennessee Chamber’s role remains a simple, but critical, one – to represent the interests of our state’s job creators in matters of public policy and to build a statewide network and coalition of businesses and industries that speak out collectively on matters of interest.

As the Tennessee affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the American Chemistry Council, the Tennessee Chamber works today with its national and state business allies to maintain a strong, healthy business climate in Tennessee for companies to grow, to profit, to expand and to hire.  After all, that is all we ask from government – a healthy, pro-business climate in which employers can create the stable jobs our citizens deserve and grow the economy that supports our state.


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