Amy Blaylock New was appointed by Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd in 2015 as the first assistant commissioner for rural development for the state, leading a broad set of statewide policy initiatives to drive rural economic development.
Amy is the lead for all of the state’s rural economic development and grant initiatives, including the Select Tennessee programs, which includes the Certified Sites, the top site certification program in the country according to Area Development magazine, Tennessee’s ThreeStar community preparedness certification, Tennessee Main Street, Tennessee Downtowns, Tourism Enhancement, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Community Development Block Grants, Appalachian Regional Commission and Delta Regional Authority.
Since her appointment, TNECD has launched an $8 million Rural Development Fund, passed the Rural Economic Opportunity Act of 2016 adding an additional $10 million in program funds and restructured the job tax credit to be more accessible for small businesses. She has also spearheaded a statewide task force addressing rural development needs. The Governor's Rural Task Force brings together 21 local, state and federal partners to identify, design and implement highly effective strategies to positively impact rural areas.
Prior to her appointment, Amy served as the state’s ThreeStar community development director, where she worked to restructure and expand Tennessee’s economic development efforts targeting a community asset-based planning approach coupled with a grant program to support local initiatives around education, workforce development, safety, health and fiscal responsibility.
Before joining the state in 2010, Amy served as account executive for MMA Creative Marketing Firm developing business plans, web and social media efforts. She also worked in local print and broadcast media.
She has a strong background in community development, agriculture, downtown revitalization, marketing and communications and has worked in both local government and chamber of commerce positions.
Amy is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University and was in the inaugural graduating class of Tennessee Certified Economic Developers through the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services. She was raised on a tobacco, cattle and hog farm in Monterey, Tennessee and comes from a family dedicated to public service.
She lives in Nashville with her husband Jake and daughter Lily Kate, where she continues her family’s legacy.