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
Rosemary Bates
Lilibeth Leon

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, TCEcD

Assistant Director
Rosemary manages major projects, problem-solves, and assists with RFI responses, among other eclectic duties. She even has a permanent exhibit in the Museum of Broadcasting.

Lilibeth Leon

Existing Industries Manager
  • Email Lilibeth Leon
  • 615-451-5940  Office
  • 615-428-1767  Mobile
Lilibeth supports our manufacturing partners with experience in the world business market. She loves a puzzle, cycling, and is open to suggestions on a good book to read.

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.
couple walking dog in downtown Gallatin

Authentic. Spirited. Thriving.

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Gallatin Receives Site Development 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 Cover
Business View Magazine took note of Gallatin's accomplishments devoting an 8-page spread in it's nationally distributed publication.