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Amanda Ellis        

Storyteller, Place Marketing & Economic Development Expert; Editor in Chief of

Amanda Ellis currently holds the position of Editor in Chief at, where she plays a pivotal role in determining the site's content strategy and voice. In addition, she directs Livability Media's industry content for economic development and talent attraction professionals. Prior to joining Livability, Ellis sharpened her skills at a boutique PR agency and spent nearly eight years on the communications team with the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

During her tenure at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Ellis served as the lead writer and editor for the largest business organization in a region of over 1 million people. Her efforts significantly contributed to raising awareness about her home city, resulting in millions of annual impressions. Her deep involvement in public relations extended beyond her work, as evidenced by her role as president of the Public Relations Society of America Lookout Chapter in 2021.

Ellis is known for her commitment to creating valuable learning spaces. She appreciates the opportunity to offer communities a platform to learn from expert perspectives and share best practices. In addition to her editorial work, Ellis has shared her industry knowledge through various platforms, including national conferences. Her passion lies in creating life-changing opportunities for people in the economic development industry through her professional endeavors.

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