History

Aspire Clarksville History

The Aspire Clarksville Program was founded in 1996 by a group of business and community leaders that were dedicated to a new vision for Clarksville and Montgomery County - a vision of a community that supports a favorable business climate and offers an exceptional quality of life for its citizens.

The program has evolved and is currently in its fourth five-year campaign. See below for highlights from each cycle.

1997-2000: Aspire 2000

Campaign Leadership:

  • John Wallace, Chairman
  • Walton Smith, Jr., Treasurer
  • Scott Bagwell, Image Enhancement Chair
  • Earl O. Bradley, III, Business Development Chair
  • David B. Smith, Community Enhancement Chair
  • F. Gene Washer, Data Center Chair

Campaign Highlights:

  • $1.6 million in private funds raised for local marketing efforts
  • 8,151 new jobs created
  • 7 new companies recruited
  • 12 industry expansions
  • Increased average wages from $20,000 to $23,000
  • Encouraged over $100 million worth of local and state roads construction and improvements

2001-2004: Aspire Clarksville II - Taking Us To A Higher Level

Campaign Leadership:

  • Earl O. Bradley, III, Chairman
  • Jim Mann, Treasurer
  • Carolyn Pierce, Image & Information Chair
  • Dick Rossetti, Workforce Development Chair
  • Tom Hudson, Business Development Chair
  • Charlsie Lankford, Tourism Development Chair
  • Cecil Morgan, Community Development Chair

Campaign Highlights:

  • $2.2 million in private funds raised for local marketing efforts
  • 4,311 new jobs created
  • 2 new companies recruited
  • 10 industry expansions
  • 13% growth at Austin Peay State University
  • 22% growth in Residential Building Permits
  • AAU Basketball Tournaments held in Clarksville through 2007 - beating out Disney World; Branson, Missouri; and Lexington, Kentucky

2005-2008: Aspire Clarksville III - Breaking New Ground for Business

In the fall of 2004, the Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council took action to move the Aspire Clarksville program into a foundation and call it The Aspire Clarksville Foundation. In August 2005, the Internal Revenue Service officially granted the Foundation its 501c3 designation retro-active to the beginning of the Aspire III Campaign. This new IRS designation has enabled the Foundation to be considered for grants that it would not have otherwise been able to apply for.

Campaign Leadership:

William S. Stuard, Jr., Campaign Chairman

Campaign Highlights:

  • Created 6,674 new jobs
  • Recruited 5 new companies, including Dow Corning Corporation and Hemlock Semiconductor L.L.C.
  • Created $2.65 billion in new facilities capital investment
  • Created $480 million in existing facilities expansion investment
  • Increased per capita income to $35,232
  • Created $2.1 Billion in Retail sales
  • Created $150 million in tourism revenue

2009-2014: Aspire Clarksville IV - A Vision For The Future

In Aspire IV, the structure of leadership changed to include a Board of Directors, Fundraising Campaign Leaders and a Steering Committee. To see highlights of what has been accomplished thus far in this five year campaign click here.

Campaign Leadership:

Jack Turner
Ben Kimbrough

Read more about our future plans in the Strategic Blueprint area.