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Stevans Recognized in 2021 Class of 40 Under 40 by Business Journal

Mark Stevans, Director of Special Projects

The First Tennessee Development District is excited to share that one of our own, Mark Stevans, Director of Special Projects, has been recognized by the Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia in the 2021 Class of 40 Under 40.

Mark joined the staff of the FTDD in July of 2015 and serves as the liaison on behalf of the District and several community organizations. Mark also provides logistical and technical support for regional efforts, such as initiatives to address substance use disorder, tourism promotion, and regional services like the wage & benefit survey, and directory of manufacturers. Mark is also responsible for monitoring legislation that affects the Development District’s work and staffs the FTDD Foundation, which supports District aging, housing and workforce initiatives.

Prior to joining the staff of the Development District, Mark served as the Western Program Manager for the Congressional Award, the U.S. Congress’ highest award for youth, where he acted as the liaison between western Senate and House offices and the Congressional Award and awardees. Mark is an Appalachian Regional Commission Leadership Fellow and a graduate of East Tennessee State University with a BA in history and political science.

Mark was nominated by an inaugural 40 under 40 honoree and FTDD Director of Workforce & Literacy Initiatives, Lottie Ryans. Mark and Lottie are joined by two other FTDD staff members who have earned this distinction, Ken Rea, Deputy Director, Economic & Community Development and Bill Forrester, Director of Community Planning, Housing, & Development.

To learn more about the outstanding honorees in this year's class visit

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