UPPER CUMBERLAND — The Upper Cumberland Development District (UCDD) continues to add to its skilled staff. Recently, UCDD hired Kim England to serve as a Response Coordinator to assist with COVID-19 recovery efforts; serving as a point of contact between city and county mayors, local governments, and UCDD’s Economic and Community Development (ECD) and Small Business Development Center (SBDC) teams.

“More specifically, my role is to work with each of our mayors individually and support their efforts as we strengthen the response, resiliency, and recovery efforts within these communities,” England explained. 

“Coming from an administrative role with a local county government, I have seen first-hand how information swarms in from every direction,” England added. “Citizens look to their government officials for reliable information, guidance, and leadership.”

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how individuals conduct business and has deeply affected small businesses, schools, senior centers, nursing homes, long-term care facilities, and communities as a whole. Among these challenges is the continuous, evolving list of protocols, financial assistance opportunities, and a continuous need for support and information. 

“I understand that pressure on public officials to act is enormous, and in a fast-moving crisis, it can be a challenge to gain clarity amid the chaos of the pandemic,” said England. “As COVID-19 Recovery Coordinator, I am eager to support officials across the Upper Cumberland in their efforts to develop strategies that will enhance recovery and economic resilience.

England will be providing COVID-19-related updates, updates on Executive Orders, and other related announcements to city and county mayors as they become available. She can be contacted by calling (931) 432-4111 or via email at kengland@ucdd.org