Bridgett Massengill serves as the President/CEO of the Thrive Regional Partnership, Inc., an independent nonprofit organization working across the tristate Chattanooga region to ignite responsible and inspired growth for the next forty years.
Bridgett began this work in 2012 as the project manager and executive director of Thrive 2055, then an inaugural program of the Chattanooga Chamber focused on creating a vision and action plan for the 16-county, tristate region that would make the most of the economic opportunities while preserving what is most loved about the region’s home communities. Upon completion, she led the creation of the Thrive Regional Partnership, Inc. to provide a long-term sustaining entity for the resulting action plan.
Before joining Thrive in 2012, Bridgett was principal of her own downtown development consulting firm which she established in 2007. During that time, she assisted over 45 communities in improving their local economies based on Main Street’s Four Point Approach®.
She previously served as the executive director of the Johnson City Development Authority in northeast Tennessee, leading a successful effort to reshape the downtown brand into an attractive, desirable place to invest. Prior to that, she served for five years as a legislative budget analysis specialist for both the House and Senate bodies of the Tennessee General Assembly.
Bridgett holds a Masters in Public Administration with a planning and development concentration from East Tennessee State University, and a Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She and her husband reside in Ooltewah, Tennessee with their twin daughters, Madeline and Savannah.