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Farragut resident named Knoxville biz liaison


Jan. 9, a Farragut resident and businesswoman spent her first day on the job as part of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero’s staff.

Patricia Robledo, former executive director of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee, which is based in Farragut, was named the City’s first business liaison, heading up a new Office of Business Support.

“We want Knoxville to be more business friendly. To that end, I will be the business liaison, interfacing between the business community and the departments at the City County Building, hopefully making the process a little easier,” Robledo said.

“As a small business owner ... my business was facilitating communication between parties. That part of my experience will come handy in helping people doing business with the City of Knoxville and for the City,” she added.

Robledo immigrated to Knoxville from Colombia in 1980 with her family and worked for the 1982 World’s Fair. She became an American citizen in 1990, eventually earning a double major in biology and medical technology from Lindenwood University in Missouri.

In 1997, she founded Robledo Translations LLC, which provides Spanish interpretation and consulting services to companies across East Tennessee. She also is a partner with her husband, John Craig, in Segundo Properties, which has redeveloped historic buildings in Market Square and Fort Sanders.


She has lived in Farragut for years and her two children, now in college, attended Farragut schools.

“Knoxville and the surrounding area is a very welcoming area. I have felt the love,” Robledo said.

“I love Knoxville. I am very passionate about it,” she added.

“Patricia understands the challenges business owners face every day, and her background in facilitation will be invaluable in helping local businesses interact with the City,” Rogero said in a press release.

“She will be an important part of my team as we work to improve customer service and make Knoxville more business-friendly,” she added.

According to the release, Robledo’s first task will be establishing a Business Advisory Council, made up of “a diverse group of representatives” from local employers and industries, according to the press release.

 

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