Industrial Development Board & Health and Education Facilities Board

The Springfield Industrial Development Board/Health and Education Facilities Board has been established in accordance with Tennessee Code Annotated Title 7, Chapter 53.  Under the provisions of this chapter, projects may be acquired, purchased, constructed, reconstructed, improved, bettered, and extended; and bonds may be issued for such purposes.  The Board has the authority to negotiate and accept from the Board's lessees, payments in lieu of ad valorem taxes; provided, such payments are deemed to be in furtherance of the Board's public purposes.  

The Board of Directors of the Springfield Industrial Development Board and Health and Education Facilities Board consists of seven (7) members each serving a term of six (6) years. The Board of Directors meets quarterly at Springfield City Hall.

 The Board members are as follows:
Mike Beshear, Chairman Ward 4 9/30/2027
Greg Bell Ward 1 9/30/2023
Dwayne Sword Ward 2 9/30/2028
Gary Howse Ward 3 9/30/2028
Dr. Tom Onstott Ward 5 9/30/2023
Hannah Sadler Ward 6 9/30/2028
Bill Hargraves At-Large 9/30/2027
Mr. Jerome M. Converse serves as the Attorney for the Springfield Industrial Development Board and Health and Education Facilities Board.  Mr. Converse can be reached by phone at (615) 384-8861.

Public Comment

Regularly called meetings of the Springfield Industrial Development Board include a period of public comment as a regular order of business item. The public comment period provides the public with the opportunity to comment on matters that are germane to the items on the agenda for a meeting.

Meeting agendas can be viewed online in the Agenda Center.


Any member of the public that wishes to address the Industrial Development Board regarding any item on the agenda for a meeting must register online no later than 12:00pm on the day prior to the meeting. Spaces are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Public Affairs Coordinator will process registrations in the order in which they are received. The first ten (10) registrants that are consistent with the criteria of Public Chapter 300 and Ordinance 23-21 will be placed on the list for public comment.

What To Expect

The Public Affairs Coordinator shall send electronic confirmation via email to those that are properly registered by 4:30pm the day before the meeting, as well as to those that are not confirmed stating the reason for the denial. Any member of the public needing an accommodation for registration due to disability may contact the Public Affairs Coordinator for assistance.

Members of the public who have properly registered with the Public Affairs Coordinator will be recognized by the Springfield Industrial Development Board. The speaker will move to the podium, state their name and address, and will have up to two (2) minutes to address any item on that meeting's agenda. The Springfield Industrial Development Board will conclude the speaker's time once the two (2) minutes have expired. Members of the public shall refrain from personal attacks, offensive or obscene language, and any speech which would be a violation of law.