HTL Advantage

1469 South Main Street
Covington, TN 38019

Phone: 901.313.1072     Fax: 901.476.2756
Email: [email protected]

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Duane Lavery, CEcD

President and CEO

Duane Lavery is President/CEO of HTL Advantage.  HTL Advantage is a three county regional economic development organization created via an interlocal agreement based in West Tennessee.  HTL Advantage was created to promote the regional development assets and enhance the overall economic vitality for its citizens.  Appointed in September 2008, Duane is the first person selected to this position. 

Duane has over twenty years of management and development experience working on a variety of planning and economic development projects.  He received his designation as a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) in 2003. 

Duane’s responsibilities are to coordinate the overall economic development efforts for the three-county area.  Through the strategic planning process Duane works with regional and statewide partners in the areas of industrial recruitment, business retention and expansion, infrastructure development, workforce enhancement, and leadership coordination and development.

Duane has extensive experience developing and managing large industrial projects.  Prior to his move to Tennessee Duane spent thirteen years working in the unique economic development area of military base redevelopment.  His work with defense communities helped transform former military property to thriving civilian commercial and industrial parks.
Duane attended Arizona State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and a Masters of Public Administration.