Coming to Cookeville ,TN: Digital Dream Forge


COOKEVILLE – Local officials announced today that a new company will be coming to the Highlands. Digital Dream Forge will open a new facility at 879 West Jackson Street, in Cookeville, Tennessee.

“We want to thank Digital Dream Forge for selecting Tennessee and for creating 40 new jobs in our community,” George Halford, President/CEO of the Cookeville Chamber of Commerce said. “This project wouldn’t have been possible without great teamwork from our City, County, Chamber, Tennessee Tech, and several other members of our economic development team.“

“After exploring seven states and multiple cities, Cookeville was hands down the most friendly, eager and motivated city,” Digital Dream Forge President Jeremy Barnes said. “Everyone we spoke with was not only helpful but worked together with a sincere desire to make their community a better place.  And everyone worked with a level of speed and motivation that far exceeded any of the other locations we reviewed.  Cookeville is on the verge of becoming more without losing any of the attributes that make it so great.  And we honestly didn’t get that feel from any other place we reviewed.”

Tennessee Tech University President Phil Oldham says the company’s decision reinforces the message that businesses can do extremely competitive work in a high-tech arena here in the Highlands.

“At Tennessee Tech, we pride ourselves on being a partner in many aspects of economic development throughout the region,” Oldham said. “This project has been a testament to great teamwork and strong partnerships. We are committed to helping lead the recruitment of new jobs that fit our talent pool and the needs of the region.”

Digital Dream Forge provides software testing services for software developers and publishers in the fields of entertainment, education, and business. This will be the first DDF studio outside of Scottsdale, Arizona. Some of Digital Dream Forge’s clients include Atari, Nook, and eCornell.

“The City of Cookeville is committed to sustainable economic growth and providing high quality jobs for our citizens.  This new partnership with DDF is a perfect example of that commitment. The company will provide high-tech jobs, and we are proud to welcome them to Cookeville,” said Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton.

“This is an exciting time for our community and our region,” Putnam County Executive Randy Porter said.  “DDF will provide great jobs in a growing industry. It will take companies like Digital Dream Forge to grow our IT employment and support the retention of some great TTU graduates.

IT employment has long been an area of need for the region which has a strong pipeline of talent coming from TTU, whose school of engineering boasts a robust computer science program.

Digital Dream Forge plans to hire 40-80 employees by the end of 2017. All positions are entry level end user testing positions. The company will be looking for individuals who are looking to learn more about software development or who just have an interest in mobile devices, computers and technology in general. The improvements to the facility is already underway and DDF will begin work at the facility immediately.