Bridgett Massengill

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Bridgett Massengill serves as executive director of Thrive 2055, a public-private strategic growth initiative for the greater Chattanooga region of southeast Tennessee, northwest Georgia and northeast Alabama. Since its launch in 2012, Bridgett has been working across three states, 79 municipalities and 16 counties to develop and implement a shared regional vision and strategic action plan across public, private and philanthropic partners to make the most of future economic opportunities while preserving what is treasured about the home communities. Prior to joining Thrive 2055, Bridgett founded Massengill Consulting, working with 46 communities across Tennessee and Maine to help develop foundational growth strategies for their downtown revitalization efforts.  Strategies included redevelopment incentive tools, strategic organizational planning, conducting economic restructuring analysis, and creating actionable work plans towards downtown revitalization.  She co-founded the programmatic structure of the Tennessee Downtowns Program with the State of Tennessee’s statewide Main Street Manager, while working hand in hand with the National Main Street Center. Additionally, Bridgett has worked in both state and local government, serving as joint legislative budget analysis staff to the Tennessee General Assembly, specializing in the analysis of statewide economic development, transportation, tourism, environment and conservation budgets and programs.  She led the staffing efforts of a two-year long legislative ad hoc committee appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives resulting in improved efficiencies of the Tennessee Department of Transportation.  Early in her career, Bridgett served as staff to the Mayor of Chattanooga during a time when the city’s revitalization efforts were just beginning to take physical form. She also led the Johnson City Development Authority as executive director, authoring a legislatively mandated downtown redevelopment plan which ultimately opened the door to millions of dollars of public and private investment opportunities.  She also authored a downtown loan pool program, successfully inviting eight local banks to pool funds together for the betterment of the downtown district. She also worked with the Tennessee State Legislature on restructuring the tax increment financing (TIF) tool law, allowing Johnson City to become one of the first cities to implement a district-wide TIF. Bridgett holds a master’s degree in public administration: planning and development from East Tennessee State University, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.  Currently, Bridgett resides in the greater Chattanooga area with her husband and twin daughters.