Cannon Steps Down as Chief Economic Development Officer

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Kristin Farley
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Cannon Steps Down as Chief Economic Development Officer

Posted: 05/05/2023
After 3 years as the City of Knoxville’s Chief Economic Development Officer, Harold Cannon announces his semi-retirement.

Cannon has been instrumental in coordinating the final details of the multi-use stadium agreement, leading the charge on the Developers’ Roundtable, and working to streamline some critical City services.

“I am eternally grateful that Mayor Kincannon gave me the opportunity to give back to the people of this great city,” Cannon said as he reflected on his accomplishments. “However, it is time for me to step away. While this is one of the tougher decisions I have made, this will allow me more time to focus on family.”

Cannon was hired in 2020 to lead the City’s Engineering Department after leaving the private sector where he served as president and co-owner of Cannon & Cannon for 24 years. He was later appointed to be the City’s Chief Economic Development Officer. 

“I am so grateful that Harold dedicated three years of his life contributing to the public sector,” said Mayor Indya Kincannon. “He has a heart for giving back, and Knoxville has, and will, continue to benefit from his contributions. I wish him the best as he transitions into this next chapter of his life.”

Cannon is calling this semi-retirement, adding, “As long as I have any help to offer, I plan on still being involved, including returning for the groundbreaking of the stadium, continuing my support of Ducks Unlimited and the East Tennessee Valley Crime Stoppers, staying active with Young Life Africa/Mozambique, and other consulting opportunities that may arise.”

Cannon’s last day will be May 26, 2023.