Community bids J.C. Wallace farewell

By Melanie Yingst -

TROY — Community members bid Troy Area Chamber of Commerce President and CEO of Troy Development Council J.C. Wallace farewell and best wishes on his retirement at the Troy Country Club on Tuesday.

Last May, Wallace announced his retirement and pending move to St. Simons Island, Ga. Wallace joined the TDC and TACC and served for approximately eight years beginning in March 2010.

Wallace shared his favorite accomplishments, including the Troy Kettering Hospital project, which Wallace helped market with the help of the ITW/Hobart Brothers administration. Wallace also said he was proud of the organization’s work force development programs and other amenities that strengthened Troy’s economic development.

“We set up all of our companies to be successful. I’m really excited about where our companies are. They’ve made a lot of investments, Clopay and Conagra, and all of our new prospects coming up. All of our companies are doing very well,” Wallace said.

Wallace also joined local officials on four economic development trips to Japan and four trips to Europe during his tenure.

Mayor Michael Beamish declared Oct. 16 as “J.C. Wallace Day” with a proclamation thanking Wallace for his service and dedication to the city of Troy.

Mayor Beamish said Wallace was a key contributor to many of Troy’s projects, including its many civic studies, Troy Strawberry Festival, Activate Troy and its involvement in the America’s Best Community contest, career days and student outreach programs and other business and industrial expansion.

Wallace thanked all of the chamber and TDC’s supporters and gave an open invitation to all to visit down south with one caveat — bring food.

The chamber announced the new president of Troy Chamber and Troy Development Council Joseph Graves. Graves introduced himself at Wallace’s retirement party and said he was looking forward to beginning work with the city on Nov. 5. Graves currently serves as the president/CEO of the Dickson County Chamber of Commerce just outside of Nashville, Tenn.

By Melanie Yingst