TVA's Bradley named one of top economic developers in South
April 18, 2012 – John Bradley, senior vice president of Economic Development for TVA, has been named one of the "Top ten people who made a difference" in the South in 2011 by Southern Business and Development magazine. Bradley previously made the list in 2006.
Bradley was cited for the successes he and his team accomplished in 2011, including $4.9 billion in economic development projects that created or retained 43,000 jobs in the TVA region. He is described by the magazine as a leader who is "prepared, innovative, and tenacious during good economic times or bad."
Mike Randle, editor and publisher of Southern Business and Development, said, "I have followed John Bradley's career for over 20 years, and John has always been a visionary when it comes to economic development in the South."
The annual Top Ten list has included governors, economic development officials and industry leaders.
"I am very honored to receive this Top Ten recognition as it is a true testament to the quality of our staff," Bradley said. "It is our pleasure to collaboratively work with our customers and regional, state and local community partners to bring and keep jobs and investments in the TVA region."
Bradley has more than 30 years of professional economic development experience and came to TVA in 2002 from the Memphis Regional Chamber. He has led a variety of innovative economic development initiatives at TVA, including the Megasites program, a targeted industrial recruitment program, and new programs to support community development and existing businesses.
Bradley majored in marketing at the University of Tennessee and graduated from the Economic Development Institute of the University of Oklahoma. He and his family live in Nashville.