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DENSO Announces $1 Billion Investment, Expansion In Innovation Valley

October 6, 2017 – Global automotive supplier to create 1,000 new jobs
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Lifetime Products Opens New Manufacturing Facility With Ribbon Cutting Celebration

August 10, 2017 – At full employment, Lifetime’s new and supporting business operations will bring the region $58.5 million per year in new wages.
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Endeavor Summit Empowers Innovation Valley's Emerging Leaders Through Professional, Community Development

July 17, 2017 – Second annual event expected to draw more than 600 young professionals.
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Protomet Corporation To Expand In Loudon County

June 27, 2017 – Engineering and manufacturing company to create 200 new jobs, invest $29 million
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LeMond Composites Signs Exclusive Licensing Agreement to Revolutionize Carbon Fiber Production

June 26, 2017 – Partnership will scale up low-cost carbon fiber production faster to meet demand and expand into new markets
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Thomas Zacharia Named Director of Oak Ridge National Laboratory

June 1, 2017 – UT-Battelle selects distinguished scientist and proven leader for top post
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Knoxville Chamber Announces 2017 Pinnacle Award Winners

May 15, 2017 – More than 600 people gathered at the Knoxville Convention Center on May 12 to celebrate the finalists and winners of the 13th Annual Pinnacle Business Awards, presented by Atlantic Capital.
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Knoxville Area Military Generate $1.8 Billion in Annual Economic Impact

May 11, 2017 – Knoxville area military installations and activities generate an estimated $1.8 billion in economic impact each year, according to a study conducted by the East Tennessee Military Affairs Council (ETMAC) in cooperation with the Knoxville Chamber.
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Career Day Showcases Career & Technical Training Needs

April 28, 2017 – More than 575 students from across Roane County gathered for ninth annual career day.
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Plug-In Ceremony at Eastbridge Business Park Solar Array Shines Light on Conservation and Commerce

April 21, 2017 – The Development Corporation of Knox County (TDC), Restoration Services, Inc. (RSI), and Vis Solis with their numerous partners hosted an Earth Day celebration of success and plug-in ceremony at Eastbridge Business Park on Friday, April 21.
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SCCY Industries, LLC To Establish Headquarters, New Facility In Blount County

April 12, 2017 – Firearms manufacturer to create more than 350 jobs in Maryville
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Magnum Venus Products, Inc. To Expand, Build New Facility In Knox County

December 15, 2016 – Manufacturer to create 70 new jobs with $11.9 million expansion
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Roane County High School Educators Visit Manufacturing Businesses

November 17, 2016 – 140 educators from Roane County participated in the Roane Alliance’s extension of the Educators in the Workplace program.
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HTS International Corporation To Locate Global Headquarters, Manufacturing Operations In Knox County

October 20, 2016 – Manufacturer to create 200 jobs with first U.S. manufacturing, R&D facility
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LeMond Composites To Locate New Manufacturing Operations In Oak Ridge

October 12, 2016 – Carbon fiber manufacturer to invest $125 million, create 242 new jobs
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Tour De France Champion Greg Lemond Signs Carbon Fiber Agreement With Oak Ridge National Laboratory

September 1, 2016 – New carbon fiber manufacturing process yields high volume, low cost composites for transportation, renewable energy, and infrastructure.
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Roane County Receives Site Development Grant

July 5, 2016 – Roane Alliance has been selected for a $356,000 Site Development Grant for the Jones Road Site located inside Roane County.
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Tennessee Named Recipient of Area Development's Gold Shovel Award For Second Consecutive Year

June 7, 2016 – Award recognizes achievements in economic impact and job creation
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Lifetime Products Breaks Ground in Knox County

May 25, 2016 – U.S.-Based Manufacturer to Begin Construction on New Facility at Eastbridge Business Park
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Engineering partnership brings first private investment to Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus

May 20, 2016 – Civil & Environmental Consultants, Inc., to relocate firm to research park
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TeamHeath Announces Plans to Expand Headquarters in Knox County

May 9, 2016 – Healthcare solutions company to invest $6.7 million, create approximately 250 new jobs
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Del Conca USA to Double Production at Loudon County Facility

April 18, 2016 – Officials from Del Conca USA announced today that it would invest $30 million to expand its Italian tile manufacturing operation in Loudon County, creating 40 jobs for Innovation Valley.
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Innovation Valley Brings Record Numbers to 2015-16 Fiscal Year

March 7, 2016 – Innovation Valley is celebrating a strong start to 2015-16 fiscal year with a diverse pipeline of new recruits and existing industry expansions announced from July 1 – December 31, 2015.
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Sitel Creates 500 New Jobs in Innovation Valley

February 29, 2016 – Sitel, a leading global customer care provider, today announced it is actively expanding its customer experience centers in Knoxville and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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Knoxville Chamber’s Workforce Development Manager Graduates ACCE Fellowship

February 29, 2016 – Congratulations to Sharon Shanks, workforce development manager for the Knoxville Chamber, on her completion of the Fellowship for Education Attainment launched by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).
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Groundbreaking Commences at Future Home of the Cirrus Aircraft Vision Center

November 2, 2015 – Cirrus Aircraft today announced the groundbreaking of the Vision Center at McGhee Tyson Airport in Knoxville, Tennessee.
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Dura-Line To Open New Manufacturing Facility And R&D Center In Clinton

October 27, 2015 – Energy and Infrastructure Products Manufacturer to Invest Over $25 Million, Create 70 New Jobs.
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Regal Entertainment Group to Relocate New Corporate Headquarters in Knoxville

October 23, 2015 – Regal, which operates the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. theater circuit, expects to create 75 new jobs.
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Advanced Munitions International to Build New Global Headquarters in Alcoa

October 20, 2015 – AMI, a global leader in high-end ammunition manufacturing, will invest $553 million in a new campus for its manufacturing, distribution and R&D operations and create 605 new jobs.
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Eagle Bend Manufacturing To Expand Current Operations in Innovation Valley

October 1, 2015 – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd announced today that Eagle Bend Manufacturing will expand its current operations in Clinton. The automotive parts manufacturer will invest $54.9 million and create 127 new jobs in Anderson County.
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DENSO MANUFACTURING TENNESSEE, INC. TO EXPAND MARYVILLE OPERATIONS

August 25, 2015 – Global Automotive Supplier to Invest $400 Million, Create 500 New Jobs in Innovation Valley.
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Innovate Manufacturing, Inc. To Locate First US Headquarters In Knoxville

August 24, 2015 – Injection Molding Company to Invest $4.7 Million, Create 50 New Jobs
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Unified AV Opens New Office in Knoxville

August 23, 2015 – Unified AV, a leading provider of commercial AV technology solutions in the Southeast, announces the opening of a new office in Knoxville, Tennessee to serve the growing audio-visual communication technology needs of the corporate enterprise, education, healthcare, government, military and worship markets throughout Eastern Tennessee.
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Cirrus Aircraft Announces New Customer Experience Center in Innovation Valley

May 6, 2015 – Aviation Company to Create 170 Jobs, Invest $15 Million
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Hicks Plastics to Open New Facility in Innovation Valley

March 31, 2015 – Advanced Plastics Manufacturer to Invest $10.4 Million, Create Over 200 New Jobs
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Total Quality Logistics to Expand Current Operations, Open New Location in Knoxville

March 26, 2015 – Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Total Quality Logistics (TQL) officials today announced the transportation services company will expand its operations in Tennessee by opening a new location in Knox County. The company will invest $1 million to open a sales office in downtown Knoxville to meet the needs of its expanding client-base, creating at least 100 new jobs over the next five years.
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Governor Haslam, Commissioner Boyd Announce CVMR to Establish Global Headquarters in Oak Ridge

March 13, 2015 – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with CVMR officials today announced the company will establish its global headquarters in Roane County. CVMR is moving all of its current operations from Toronto, Canada to a Tennessee manufacturing facility located at 103 Palladium Way in Oak Ridge. CVMR is investing $313 million to establish this facility, create the CVMR Centre of Excellence for Innovation in Powder Metallurgy and production facilities for a wide spectrum of advanced metal products, resulting in 620 new jobs for Roane County.
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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS ACADEMY EXPANDS PROGRAM TO KNOXVILLE

February 27, 2015 – Program Partners with Knoxville Chamber to Establish First Site in Tennessee.
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TeamHealth Expands Billing Operations in Blount County

January 28, 2015 – TeamHealth, one of the largest providers of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals in the United States, announced plans to expand its operations by leasing a new 40,000 square foot facility to be constructed at Base Pointe Business Park in Alcoa, Tenn. The project developers will invest $16.8 million and create 450 full-time jobs in the areas of management, accounting, medical coding and billing specifically for the specialty of anesthesia by August 2015.
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White House Picks UT to Lead National Composites Manufacturing Institute

January 9, 2015 – President Obama will announce today that the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will lead the Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, or IACMI, a $259 million public-private partnership. The Institute reflects a $70 million commitment from the U.S. Department of Energy and $189 million from IACMI's partners.
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Tennessee Named Economic Development 'State of the Year' for Second Consecutive Year

January 5, 2015 – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam today announced Business Facilities, a leading national publication focused on site selection and economic development, has named Tennessee its 2014 State of the Year for a second consecutive year.
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Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing USA, Inc. to Expand Vonore Operations

December 15, 2014 – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing USA, Inc. officials announced today the company will expand operations by purchasing an additional building located adjacent to its current production facility in Vonore. Yamaha, the largest manufacturer of 19-foot to 24-foot sport boats in the United States, will invest $17.7 million and create 150 new jobs in Monroe County.
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Global Innovation Company to Invest $135 Million, Create 100 New Jobs in Innovation Valley

December 5, 2014 – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with 3M Company officials announced today the company will purchase a 772,000 square foot building located on 160 acres in the Eagle Bend Industrial Park in Clinton.
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TVA Among Top Utilities for Economic Development for 9th Consecutive Year

September 5, 2014 – For the ninth consecutive year, Site Selection magazine has ranked the Tennessee Valley Authority among its Top 10 North American utilities for leadership in economic development.
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FULTON BELLOWS, LLC TO EXPAND IN KNOXVILLE

September 4, 2014 – Seamless Metal Bellows Manufacturer to Invest $3 Million, Create 27 New
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Koide Tennessee, Inc., Expands Operations in Blount County

August 1, 2014 – Steel and aluminum tube fitting company to bring 32 jobs and $10.1 million in capital investment
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SL Tennessee, LLC to Create 1,000 New Jobs in Clinton

July 25, 2014 – Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with SL Tennessee, LLC officials announced today the company will construct a new 250,000 square foot building to join its two existing facilities in the Clinton/I-75 Industrial Park, a Select Tennessee Certified Site. The South Korean automotive parts manufacturer will invest $80.5 million and create 1,000 new jobs in Anderson County. Located in Clinton since 2001, this will be the company’s fifth expansion.
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Wetekam Monofilaments USA Comes to Dandridge

June 27, 2014 – Wetekam Monofilaments USA, LP announced today that it has purchased a 93,000 square foot facility in the Jefferson County Industrial Park in Dandridge, TN where it will manufacture industrial monofilament yarns through a high tech extrusion process. The company plans to hire 32 workers and invest several million dollars.
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Knoxville Entrepreneur Center Announces ‘MediaWorks’, A Business Accelerator For Digital Media Startups

April 11, 2014 – Knoxville Entrepreneur Center is excited to introduce MediaWorks, the center’s inaugural digital media accelerator. 

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ETMAC, Chamber Releases 2014 Military Economic Impact Report

April 3, 2014 – The East Tennessee Military Affairs Council (ETMAC), in conjunction with the Knoxville Chamber, released its 2014 Military Economic Impact Report for Knoxville and the surrounding area today.
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2014 Educators in the Workplace Schedule Released

March 25, 2014 – Partners of Innovation Valley are pleased to announce the schedule for the 2014 Educators in the Workplace series this summer. Since 2009, the series has provided an opportunity for educators to meet with area business professionals and learn about the essential skills needed to thrive in each workplace setting.
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K12 Inc. to Open New Family Support Campus at Tyson Centre

March 14, 2014 – The Blount Partnership, along with Innovation Valley, are proud to announce that K12 Inc., a leading education technology company, is opening a new Family Support Campus in Blount County Tennessee. The new campus will be located at Tyson Centre Building (110 McGhee Tyson Blvd.) located in Alcoa, Tenn., next to McGhee-Tyson Airport.
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Fresenius Medical Care Announces New Manufacturing Facility in Innovation Valley

March 11, 2014 – The Knoxville Chamber is excited to announce Fresenius Medical Care North America, the world’s largest provider of products and services for kidney dialysis, will bring its East Coast manufacturing operations to Innovation Valley. The company will invest $140 million and create 665 jobs in Knox County.
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WS Packaging Group Expands Innovation Valley Operations, Creates 231 New Jobs

February 7, 2014 – WS Packaging Group, Inc., announced it will invest $43 million to expand its current operations in Innovation Valley, creating 231 new jobs. The company will open a new location in the PBR Building in the Westbridge Business Park.
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Knoxville Locomotive Works Announces New Assembly and Fabrication Plant in Innovation Valley

November 21, 2013 – Knoxville Locomotive Works will be establishing a new assembly and fabrication plant in Innovation Valley to satisfy new EPA emission requirements for trains. The announcement represents an investment of $6.1 million and will create 203 new jobs over the next three years in Knoxville.
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Knoxville-based Startup Heads to National Cleantech Competition

November 15, 2013 – A Knoxville-based startup, Fiveworx, announced that it has been selected as one of just 22 finalists from around the country that will compete at the Cleantech Open Global Forum on Nov. 21 in San Jose, Calif.
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Leisure Pools to Open New Manufacturing Facility in Innovation Valley

October 24, 2013 – Innovation Valley proudly welcomes Texas-based company Leisure Pools to the region. Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty announced on Oct. 23 that the company will be opening a new facility in Knoxville. This facility, which will become the corporate headquarters for Leisure Pools in North America, will be the first for Leisure Pools in Tennessee and will service increased demand along the East Coast. Leisure Pools will invest $6.2 million and create 240 new jobs in Knox County.
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Second Innovation Valley Partner Named Platinum Valley Sustainable Community by TVA

October 21, 2013 – The City of Oak Ridge has achieved platinum status in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s new “Valley Sustainable Communities” program. This designation will enhance the city’s competitiveness for new investments and jobs when companies are looking to grow in new or expanded locations.
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Innovation Valley Partner Education Program Wins International Award

October 10, 2013 – Innovation Valley partner, The Roane Alliance’s Education Matters!, program has been selected as a Gold Award recipient by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) for Excellence in Economic Development.
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Third Roane County Industrial Site ‘Certified’ by State

October 4, 2013 – The Roane Alliance and the Roane Industrial Development Board officials announced today that a third prime industrial site in the county has successfully been certified through the SelectTN state program – the Jones Road site located in the Roane Regional Business & Technology Park.
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TVA Names Knoxville A Platinum Valley Sustainable Community

September 19, 2013 – Knoxville has earned a platinum rating in the Tennessee Valley Authority’s new “Valley Sustainable Communities” program. This designation should help Knoxville differentiate itself and be even more competitive for investments and jobs.
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ARC Automotive Expands Innovation Valley Operations, Creates 115 Jobs

September 4, 2013 – ARC Automotive, Inc. announced it will expand its existing Knoxville location today. The expansion in Innovation Valley, necessitated by the company’s growing domestic and international customer base, represents an investment of $3 million and will create 115 new jobs in Knox County.
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Surface Igniter Relocates to Innovation Valley, Brings 100-Plus Jobs

August 28, 2013 – Surface Igniter, LLC, is bringing more than 100 new jobs to Innovation Valley as it moves its headquarters and manufacturing operations from Puerto Rico to the Blount County Industrial Park in Maryville, Tenn.
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Knoxville site named first metro-area primary data center site by TVA and Deloitte

July 18, 2013 – TVA and Deloitte Consulting have approved the first metro-area primary data center site in Corridor Park in Knoxville.
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Innovation Valley Unveils Carbon Fiber Technology Facility

Officials from the United States Energy Department, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), Ford Motor Company, and Dow Chemical, along with Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, cut the ribbon yesterday on a new Carbon Fiber Technology Facility in Innovation Valley.
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Innovation Valley Unveils Blueprint 2.0

Knoxville, TN - Feb. 6, 2013 -- Since 2008 the Innovation Valley region has netted over 10,000 new jobs and acquired more than $1 billion in capital investment. On Wednesday the Innovation Valley board and partners debuted Innovation Valley Blueprint 2.0, the organization’s strategic plan to build upon these successes and guide regional economic development over the next five years.
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Business Facilities: Growth is Synonymous with Knoxville

Knoxville, Tenn: Business Facilities, a trade magazine targeted toward businesses and site selection consultants is high on the Innovation Valley. In the latest edition of the magazine, the Knoxville area is ranked No. 8 amongst fastest growing cities and No. 10 for economic growth potential. The Knoxville metropolitan area currently enjoys the lowest unemployment rate of Tennessee’s metro areas.
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Knoxville #6 Best Cities for Jobs by Forbes

Knoxville, TN – Knoxville, TN is the sixth best mid-sized city for jobs in an annual Forbes magazine ranking of 398 U.S. metros. Knoxville was 9th in the 2011 list, and rose in the ranking primarily because of a 3.1 percent growth in year-over-year jobs.
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Knoxville Region is #1 in Green Job Growth

KNOXVILLE, TN. (July 14, 2011) – Knoxville is the nation’s fastest growing area for green jobs according to a report, “Sizing the Clean Economy: A National and Regional Green Jobs Assessment,” released by the Brookings Institute. Knoxville saw green jobs grow by 14.6 percent annually between 2003 and 2010. During that period the region added 10,000 green jobs, and now clean economy jobs account for 4.9 percent of all jobs in the Innovation Valley. The measure of the concentration of green jobs ranks Knoxville 2nd in the nation.
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Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® Contributes to Space Shuttle Mission

Oak Ridge, Tenn. – Feb. 18, 2011 -- Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley®-based Nucsafe is doing its part to assure the safety of the final Space Shuttle Discovery mission scheduled for later this month.
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Loudon County Attracts Active, Community-Minded Retirees To Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® of East Tennessee

Loudon, Tenn. – Feb. 17, 2011 -- Don’t let the peaceful, upscale retirement communities with the great views of the Great Smoky Mountains and seemingly endless lakes fool you. When energetic people like Lloyd Donnelly retire and move to Loudon County in the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® of East Tennessee, they get involved.
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Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® Identified as Prime Spot for Data Center

Maryville and Lenoir City, Tenn. - Dec. 7, 2010 -- Knoxville-based Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has identified two locations in the heart of the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® as “giga-sites” ideal for attracting large, new data centers. The sites are Partnership Park South Industrial Park, a 210-acre site on U.S. 321 in Blount County near the city of Maryville, and Creekwood Park, a mixed-use development with 200 acres available adjacent to I-75 in Loudon County.
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Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® at Epicenter of Nuclear Renaissance

Knoxville/Oak Ridge, Tenn. – Jan. 25, 2011 -- With an estimated $10 billion of projects on the horizon, the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley® finds itself at the epicenter of a rebirth of nuclear power research and construction.
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