Clarksville's major economic elements are the Fort Campbell Army Post, Austin Peay State University, a strong manufacturing industry and a growing hospitality sector. Manufacturing of heating and air conditioning units and printing are important industries. The growing, processing and marketing of tobacco also contributes to the economy. Fort Campbell, situated near the city is the state's largest employer.
Clarksville was named a top 20 best performing city in a list of the nation's 200 largest metros by the Milken Institute. Clarksville has been named as one of the South's top 10 places which includes plenty of talented labor by Southern Business & Development. Business Development Outlook named Clarksville as the 4th best place for affordable living.
Clarksville's major industrial employers:
- Florim USA
- American Standard
- Robert Bosch Corporation
- Bridgestone Metalpha USA
- Letica Corporation
- Whiston Lumber Company
- SPX Corporation
- Precision Printing & Packaging
- Vulcan Corporation
- Smithfield Manufacturing Inc
- Averitt Hardwoods International
- Hemlock Semiconductor LLC (HSC)
- Premiumware, Inc
- Print Xcel
- Starteck USA
- UCAR Carbon Corporation
- Clarksville Foundry
In Clarksville some of the most popular jobs where the majority of the employees have college degrees are teachers, registered nurses, wholesale and manufacturing sales representatives, education administrators, computer systems analysts, financial managers, educational, vocational and school counselors; and pharmacists.
The significant employment segments in Clarksville are shown below:
- Educational Services
- Accommodation and food services
Facts about Clarksville, Tennessee: Estimated median household income in 2007: $48,000. Cost of living index in 2008: 80.7. Adult population that achieved a bachelor's degree or better: 20%.
Some of the useful organizations for local businesses are:
- Clarksville Area Chamber of Commerce
- Clarksville-Montgomery County Economic Development Council
- Tennessee Economic Development Council
- Tennessee Small Business Development Centers
- Small Business Administration - Tennessee
The Leaf Chronicle offers current news about the local business community and economy.