Terrence Carter

Vice President of Economic and Business Development at Knoxville Area Urban League.

Terrence has 32 years of experience in community development, economic development, and business development. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee and his master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College in New York, NY. Terrence is a results-oriented leader with demonstrated initiative and creativity, and a demonstrated track record of developing and implementing mission-critical strategies, projects, and programs.

Terrence currently serves as the vice president of economic and business development for the Knoxville Area Urban League, working with local, state, and federal organizations to plan and implement economic development projects that spur business growth and development throughout Knox County and the East Tennessee region.

He oversees a $5.2 million loan program, entrepreneurship training program, economic development initiatives, facilitates business seminars and workshops, prepare grant proposals and investment proposals. He has deployed more than $25 million dollars on community, business and economic development work over the course of his career.

He serves on Mayor’s Diversity Business Advisory Committee, City’s Zoning Ordinance Public Stakeholder Advisory Committee, and the previously on the Mayor’s Maker Council. Carter also represents the Urban League in the Knoxville Business Support Network and the East Tennessee Community Development Financial Institutions Coalition.

Previously Carter worked for the City of Knoxville for 10 years, Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation (KCDC) for 2 1/2 years and served as executive director for a local nonprofit organization for 7 years. He has been a professional development instructor for the University of Tennessee since 2004.