Audra Ladd

Manager of Small Business / Creative Economy - Mayor’s Office of Economic & Community Development, City of Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

Audra coordinates the small business/entrepreneurship activities for the City, working with business development centers, chambers of commerce, local business groups, financial institutions, and real estate developers. She manages two city-funded incentives for small business and is developing a small business portal to help streamline the process for licensing, permitting and resource navigation.

Audra’s background is in economics and urban and environmental planning. Prior to her work with Mayor Barry, she managed the stewardship and urban planning programs for The Land Trust for Tennessee. She is on the board of the Nashville Social Enterprise Alliance and the Nashville Fashion Alliance. She also co-leads Nashville’s Urban Manufacturing Task Force. Audra is also a small business owner herself, making and selling hand-made ceramic tableware.

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