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TVA's Bradley Among South’s Top ‘Difference Makers’ in Economic Development

April 23, 2012

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - John Bradley, senior vice president of Economic Development for the Tennessee Valley Authority, has been named for a second time as one of the “Top Ten People Who Made a Difference in the South” by Southern Business & Development Magazine.

The publication, which targets corporate, real estate and site selection executives, cites Bradley as “a leader who is prepared, innovative and tenacious during good economic times or bad.”

“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,” Mike Randle, editor and publisher of Southern Business & Development, said. “Utilities are an extremely important part of the job-creation puzzle and John has been instrumental in job creation in the American South.”

Bradley, also named to the magazine’s Top 10 list in 2006, is joined this year by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, General Electric Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Immelt, and state and county economic development officials from around the South.
Bradley credits his team’s excellent work, which helped attract more than $4.9 billion in economic development projects to the TVA region in 2011 that created or retained 43,000 jobs. 

“I am very honored to receive this Top 10 recognition, as it is a true testament to the quality of TVA’s economic development 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.  Since coming to TVA in 2002 from the Memphis Regional Chamber of Commerce, he has led a broad range of economic development initiatives.

One of TVA’s most successful efforts has been the Megasites program in which TVA partners with local stakeholders to market large industrial tracts to manufacturers. Five Megasites have been sold to major corporations, including Volkswagen and Toyota, and two sites remain available near Memphis and Hopkinsville, Ky.

Also, 20 locations in the Valley region have been identified for potential development for data centers under TVA’s program to attract future data center locations.

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, Tenn.

For more information about the award, see the Southern Business and Development article.  Learn more about TVA economic development programs and services at

The Tennessee Valley Authority, a corporation owned by the U.S. government, provides electricity for business customers and distribution utilities that serve 9 million people in parts of seven southeastern states at prices below the national average. TVA, which receives no taxpayer money and makes no profits, also provides flood control, navigation and land management for the Tennessee River system and assists utilities and state and local governments with economic development.

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