The Education of Mike Edwards

The Education of Mike Edwards

As he prepares for retirement, the longtime CEO of the Knoxville Chamber says economic development begins in the classroom.

by scott barker and jesse fox mayshark • November 12, 2018

Knoxville Chamber CEO Mike Edwards, outside the chamber headquarters on market square.

Not long after Mike Edwards became president and CEO of the Knoxville Chamber, he looked out the window of his office in the old City Hall building on Summit Hill Drive one day. He saw a young man who did not appear to be employed or have any particular place to be.
For Mike Edwards, educational achievement and economic prosperity go hand in hand.
“I don’t think it was his day off,” Edwards said. “I started trying to figure out, how does that person get a job? In my mind, that person’s going to have to have had som...

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