Our mission is attracting new business and industry to Robertson County, supporting the expansion and retention of existing employers, encouraging the development of tourism as an economic driver, and working to enhance the economic competitiveness of our community.
Robertson County Economic Development Board created to administer the proceeds of the newly instituted hotel/motel tax and proactively recruit new business and industry.
The Commission passed a resolution authorizing the Board to negotiate an “Payment-In-Lieu-of-Tax” program to incentivize local business growth.
The Board hired a full-time director and secured office space and administrative support in partnership with the Robertson County Chamber of Commerce.
A county commission resolution established a reserve fund which escrows PILOT receipts to be used for site and infrastructure development at the Board’s direction.
The Board continues to facilitate our economic competitiveness through a variety of programs including workforce development, site development, quality of life initiatives and tourism development.
Vonda Gates is the Economic Development Director for Robertson County. She joins our organization after serving as the Director of Business Development with the Clarksville-Montgomery County IDB since February, 2019.
Before joining the Clarksville-Montgomery County IDB, Gates was the associate director of the Southwestern Kentucky Economic Development Council, having served in various roles with the organization since 2005.
A native of the Hopkinsville, KY area, Gates is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and has graduated from both the Oklahoma University Economic Development Institute and TVA’s Rural Leadership Institute.
Sarah Warren joined the RCEDB team in March, 2022 and will focus on our efforts to promote and market the many tourism assets of Robertson County.
Sarah was most recently the administrative assistant to the management team at Bath Fitter in Springfield where she provided support to the local Plant Senior Management Team and Corporate Operations Team.
Sarah also has valuable experience in the non-profit sector, working in operations and HR at Plant the Seed and The Next Door, Inc. in Nashville.
She received a Bachelor of Arts in German from Samford University in 2005 and a Masters of Public Service Management from Cumberland University in 2016.
Attorney, Walker & Garner Attorneys
General Civil Litigation
Probate, Wills and Estates
Domestic and Family Law
Caleb Fuqua, Chair
Owner, Square One Construction
Matt Burnett, Vice Chair
Owner, Burnett Real Estate Group
Jim Moore, Secretary / Treasurer
Owner, G.S. Moore & Son
Owner, Crown Paving
Partner, Panatonni Development
Owner, Jepson Family Farms
Jinnifer Hollingsworth Johnston
Owner, Five Star Building Group
Our programs are funded by a 7% tax on all overnight stays at hotels, bed and breakfasts and Airbnbs. Each city receives 30% of receipts collected in their city limits to be used for economic development and tourism purposes, and 70% stays with RCEDB for the same purposes.
The Payment in Lieu of Tax (PILOT) program is a tax incentive designed to restructure the tax burden for companies who are interested in relocating or expanding in Robertson County. Instead of paying 100% of the property taxes on their desired location, companies (who are awarded PILOTs) pay a percentage of the taxes due for a set period of years. While this forgoes some tax revenue for the county and city in the near term, Robertson County benefits in the long run as new tax base is added, which would not have been collected had the relocation or expansion not taken place. New PILOT receipts are placed in a reserve fund at the county level, earmarked for use in site and infrastructure development projects.