The economic development team at the Nashville Chamber of Commerce has more than 100 years of combined experience assisting businesses to relocate, expand and thrive in the Nashville region.
Janet M. Miller, CEcD, FM
Janet M. Miller is Chief Economic Development Officer for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. The economic development department, through its Partnership 2020 initiative, serves as the Nashville region’s lead marketing and business recruitment agency. On a day-to-day basis, Miller works with corporate executives of relocating companies and professional site consultants, typically hired by Fortune 500-level clients to conduct relocation studies. She specializes in corporate headquarters relocations and has extensive experience working with companies whose core business is health care services, telecommunications, technology, manufacturing, data center operations and customer care.
Successful relocation projects in which Miller has been involved include CLARCOR, Louisiana-Pacific Corp., Asurion, Caremark Rx, Quanta Computer, VoiceStream, ClientLogic, HCA and Ford Motor Credit.
Miller is a Nashville native and a graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a bachelor’s degree in economics. She is also a graduate of the Economic Development Institute at the University of Oklahoma, earning her “Certified Economic Developer” designation in 2000. Prior to her tenure at the Nashville Chamber, Miller served as director of research and marketing for Grubb & Ellis/Centennial, Inc., one of Nashville’s largest commercial real estate firms.
An active member and leader in numerous professional economic development groups, Miller is a past president of the 400-member Tennessee Industrial Development Council and a state board director for the Southern Economic Development Council. She serves on the Tennessee board of the National Association of Industrial and Office Parks, is a member of the American Economic Development Council and is an associate member of the International Development Research Council.
Outside the office, Miller enjoys hiking, collecting wine and traveling, including annual trips to the Arizona desert and California’s wine country.
Melia Leedy, MBA
Melia Leedy serves as the Economic Diversity Project Manager. She supports the activities and initiatives of the 10-county regional business recruitment, existing business, and Partnership 2020 investor relations initiatives. She works with P2020 investors to build stronger relationships and implements all Partnership involvement activities. Her responsibilities include volunteer involvement and committee efforts, oversight of the economic development web site, and planning inbound and outbound marketing events.
Leedy joined the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce in January 2009 as the business recruitment coordinator for the economic development department. She holds a bachelor's degree in both marketing and German from Lipscomb University and an MBA also from Lipscomb University.
Outside the office, Leedy enjoys baking and traveling the globe with her husband.
Katie Barton is the Economic Diversity Coordinator for the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce. She supports the day-to-day work of the existing business and business recruitment teams at the Nashville Chamber. This includes information support for economic diversity projects, preparing RFP’s, providing support for committees, marketing, and other economic diversity events.
A native of Savannah, GA, Barton joined the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce in January 2013. She previously worked as the Executive Assistant to the President of the Savannah Economic Development Authority and World Trade Center Savannah.
Barton holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia, and a master’s degree in international affairs from North Georgia College and State University in Dahlonega, GA.
Outside the office, Barton enjoys running with her dogs, spending time with her boyfriend, and finding new and exciting things to do in Nashville.