Fort Campbell spouses were recently invited to participate in a Tour of Downtown hosted by F&M Bank. The tour was designed to introduce our military neighbors to the businesses, people, and opportunities of Clarksville, which is such a welcoming and vibrant community.
F&M Bank's Charlie Koon escorted this year's guests on the tour that culminated with a luncheon at F&M's Franklin Room. “This event started about 2-1/2 years ago,” Koon said. “We've adopted this event in cooperation with a lot of community partners who help make it possible including all of the great downtown businesses that invite us to visit with them.” Koon says the concept of the downtown tour is to bring the Clarksville and Fort Campbell communities closer, creating a broader network of business and personal relationships between the two.
“This allows Fort Campbell spouses an opportunity to get to know our city's business owners and community leaders," said Koon. "Some of our downtown businesses are owned by military spouses. This year we had about 22 spouses join us.” The event was also attended by Jack Turner and Bill Harpel, both of whom, along with Phil Harpel, are Champions of Fort Campbell. Turner and Bill Harpel are also Civilian Aides to the Secretary of the Army.
Carol Clark and 3-Star Gen. (Ret.) Ron Bailey were there on behalf of APSU. Representatives for Clarksville Mayor McMillan, and Montgomery County Mayor Durrett, Chamber officials, and local business leaders also spoke at the luncheon.