Tim Climer has been hired as President/CEO of the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce. Climer will begin his role with the Chamber on July 17. Climer previously served as the Executive Director of the Tate County (Miss.) Economic Development Foundation, based in Senatobia in the Memphis Metro region. During Climer's time in Tate County, which began in Jan., 2013, he secured a Calbee North America project with 254 jobs and $53 million in capital investment and an ABB project with 300 jobs and $30 million in capital investment. Climer grew up in Southaven, Miss., and is a 1986 graduate of the University of Mississippi with a BBA in Management. He is also a certified Professional Community and Economic Developer (PCED) and an instructor at the annual Community Development Institute in Conway, Ark. Climer has roots in the Northwest Tennessee area, as he was born in nearby Ripley, and his parents have since returned there in retirement.
"The moment we met Tim we felt he was a great fit for our community" said Stephen Lane, Chairman of the Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce. "Our interview process put all our applicants through multiple interviews, some formal, some over meals, some conducted as tours, and with each step our Board was drawn to Tim's warmth and likeability. Tim has closed multiple deals in Mississippi, and we look forward to welcoming him to our community to continue our long standing winning tradition."
"The minute I visited Dyer County, I felt I was home," said Climer, "During the interview process I literally stayed with my parents in Ripley and grew more and more excited about this opportunity. Dyer County is already impressive, especially the broad-based chamber leadership of elected officials and business leaders working together, and the highly-skilled diversification of the industrial base. So many communities are tied to one large industry, but Dyer County is blessed to have multiple, stable industries. With leadership and existing diversification, it is obvious that Dyer County knows how to win industrial deals. We want to build upon that tradition of excellence, and we want to reach out to all businesses in Dyer County to join us as we strive together to take this great community to yet another level."