Rosemary Bates has been appointed interim executive director of the Gallatin Economic Development Agency (GEDA), a department of the City of Gallatin created in 1999 to grow and sustain a resilient and diverse economy.
The decision is the first step in a long-term plan by the five-member board of directors to find a permanent successor as James Fenton returns to the private sector on Friday, March 1.
Bates, who has been at the forefront of Gallatin’s economic success since joining GEDA in 2015, brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her new role. She has played a pivotal role in managing over $200 million in infrastructure projects and successfully attracting notable tech and manufacturing companies like Meta.
Additionally, her workforce development experience with Gallatin’s educational institutions and business community, paired with her understanding of the organization’s vision, comes at a critical time as the city looks to maintain economic momentum with smart, intentional growth.
“We couldn’t think of a better leader to build upon Gallatin’s economic momentum during this important time for our city,” stated GEDA Board Chairman Tim Hertel. “We thank Rosemary for stepping into this role as we search for a permanent replacement. We’re grateful for her continued commitment to fostering a business climate that works for all residents while ensuring Gallatin is a place for people to thrive.”
Bates initially joined the city as its special projects director for the mayor’s office in 2007. Prior to that, she served in roles with the Tennessee State Senate and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. Over her 22 years in public service, Bates has demonstrated an unwavering dedication to improving the communities she has served.