Chelsea Thompson Baulch has been named executive director of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce. She will be responsible for leading economic and community development efforts in Monroe County.
She will begin her official duties on June 12.
Before her appointment, Baulch served as project manager for the Golden Triangle Development LINK, having joined the organization in 2012. In that capacity, she conducted research for potential development leads, crafted RFIs for prospective locations, maintained databases for information and property and produced marketing and recruitment materials. In previous positions with the GTR LINK, Baulch focused on constituent relations, organization and planning.
Joe Max Higgins, the executive director of the LINK, said, “They are beyond lucky to have her. While at the GTR LINK, Chelsea displayed a rapid ability to learn and an unmatched work ethic. We are sad to lose her, but look forward to watching her succeed and grow in the profession … She might be competition now, but she’ll always be family.”
“Jack Campbell, the chairman of the Monroe County Chamber’s board of directors, said, “The Chamber has various new economic projects on the drawing board and I feel Chelsea has the right skills and background to carry these projects forward. She already has strong existing connections with key economic allies, including Mississippi Development Authority, Tennessee Valley Authority, North Mississippi Industrial Development Association, as well as many others.”
Baulch, a Hamilton native, received her Professional Community and Economic Development certification through the Community Development Council in 2016. Baulch received her bachelor of arts in communication with a public relations emphasis from Mississippi State University in 2011.
“I am honored to take the knowledge and experience I’ve gained to work with our community to move Monroe County forward,” Baulch said.