The Clay County Partnership Chamber of Commerce, alongside Clay County Government and the City of Celina, works with various agencies to boost economic development.

We’ve seen an overall upswing in economic development in Clay County in recent years. Local manufacturers are in hiring mode, and 25-30 new businesses opened over the course of roughly a year. Tourism and travel-related expenditures in the county hover near the $7 million mark. We expect that number to improve.

Farming and the wood products industry have been backbones of the local economy since its founding, and they’re still big components. The garment industry was a heavy influence for the better part of four decades in Clay County. Some garment-industry work still goes on in the county.

Changes

Mass changes happened for the town, county and its residents after the mass exodus of the garment industry. Changes are still happening. Industrial development is broader-based than it was 20 years ago. Products range from transformers, plastic products and auto parts to wood products.

The county has a workforce of about 3,000 people, employed largely in industry, health care and government positions. There are a good number of people employed in the growing retail sector, too.

County and city government and the chamber are committed to working together to attract an even wider base of employers to the county. Diversity is a key component to the long-term health of the county.  We’re working to bring more industry and other commercial ventures to the county.  Along with that, we hope to make Clay County an even more desirable retirement destination.

If you want to relocate to Clay County personally, or for a business or industrial venture, you should contact one of the following:

• Clay County Mayor Dale Reagan (931) 243-2161,

• City of Celina Mayor Joey Rich (931) 243-2115, or

• Chamber of Commerce director Kevin Donaldson (931) 243-3338.