COOKEVILLE – The second annual Highlands Industrial Trade Show has been postponed due to scheduling conflicts. Members of the Cookeville chamber’s existing industry committee say the event has been rescheduled for Thursday, May 21.
Last year, more than 40 regional vendors showcased their business capabilities and goods at the event, the first of its kind in the Highlands region – which includes Overton, Putnam, Jackson and White counties – and the only industrial trade show of its kind held in the mid-state
Organizers have said they plan to increase participation by 50 percent this year, and building on last year’s success, will also kick off a series of roundtable discussions.
“The trade show will serve as a great opportunity to start the conversation between companies about the challenges they face,” Stephen Crook, economic development coordinator with the Highlands Economic Partnership, the former Highlands Initiative, told the UCBJ last month. “Chances are they’re not alone, so we hope to provide an environment where industry can work together to identify some problems that we, as a community, can advocate on their behalf.”
The Cookeville-Putnam County Chamber’s existing industry committee will host the show, which aims to supports the industrial sector and showcase industry of all sizes. Often smaller industrial companies are fully capable of providing products and services to larger companies, Crook said, but don’t have a platform to tell their story.
“If we can promote cooperation between these companies, then perhaps we can see more contracts between our industrial organizations,” he said. “The goal is for each vendor to walk away from this event with at least one lead on a new contract or product.”
For more information about the event, email Stephen Crook at SCrook@HighlandsofTN.com.