Who We Are

Mission Statement


The Economic Development Agency shall ensure Gallatin's prosperity by serving as it's catalyst for progressive and diverse economic development through community growth.
Our Staff
James Fenton, EDA Executive Director

James Fenton


Executive Director
James provides a combination of master economic development skills and out-of-the-box solutions. He converses fluently in Italian. If you twist his arm, he'll play a mean saxophone for you.
Rosemary Bates, EDA Special Projects Director

Rosemary Bates


Special Projects Director
Rosemary manages major projects, problem-solves, and assists with RFI responses, among other eclectic duties. She's a rabid Vols football fan (her nephew plays for Tennessee.) 
Mary Gauerke, EDA Program Development Manager

Mary Gauerke


Program Development Manager
Mary's background includes design for Harley-Davidson and Fruit of the Loom. She heads up the GEAR program, creates great graphics, and, an added perk, she speaks German.

What We Do


  • Support the vitality and expansion of existing business and industry
  • Attract new investment and jobs to Gallatin
  • Increase Gallatin's visibility regionally and nationally

Honors & Recognition


  • Business View Magazine does 8-page story on Gallatin’s success
  • Southern Economic Development Council gives Gallatin its Communications Award of Merit
  • Greater Nashville Regional Council presents two Awards of Excellence to GEDA
  • Southern Business Development names Gallatin Best Place for Advanced Manufacturing

Man Recieving Award
EDA Executive Director James Fenton accepts the Communications Award or Merit from the Southern Economic Development Council.
Gallatin_Annual_Report_2016_Cover
This is our annual update on Economic Development including industrial growth, infrastructure projects, what our community offers, education, and what people say about how we're doing.
Gallatin_Receives_Site_Dev_Grant
Tennessee ECD Commissioner Bobby Rolfe announces a $145,000 grant to Gallatin EDA for site development on two parcels in the Industrial Center.
Business_View_Magazine_Nov16
Business View Magazine took note of Gallatin's accomplishments devoting an 8-page spread in it's nationally distributed publication.