Quality of Life Tops Reasons More Companies Head to Knoxville

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Knoxville (WVLT) - Sysco broke ground on a new facility in Knoxville on Thursday that will eventually bring in 300 more jobs.

Volunteer TV's Kim Bedford looks into why more businesses are interested in Knoxville and what we can expect in the future.

Music on a sunny day accompanies shoppers and diners throughout Market Square, one of the many reasons business is booming in Knoxville.

"We see people who are now understanding and realizing that Knoxville is a great business location," says Rhonda Rice from the Knoxville Chamber Jobs Now! Program.

"Capitol investment is very high. Unemployment is very low. We're creating thousands of jobs over the past several years, and this is a direction we want to continue to move in," says Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale.

More and more businesses are making their way to Knoxville. In just the past year alone, Market Square has seen quite a few new additions.

"We've got a number of corporate headquarters here, as well as sizable manufacturing operations," says Rice.

The Jobs Now! program says Knoxville's quality of life is one of the biggest attractions for companies to move here.

"We have a wonderful workforce here. Our education system is working well. Nationally, we're being recognized by media across the country as a great place to bring a business, to expand business," Mayor Ragsdale says.

You've seen several changes across Knoxville over the past few years, so what new businesses can you expect to pop up next?

"We've had several other companies already contact us. Now that this has happened with some other manufacturing, as well as distribution companies," says Knoxville Mayor Bill Haslam.

"A lot of them are high-tech jobs. A lot of the jobs that we're seeing require a good technical background skill," Rice says.

And to bring in the people with that skill level, requires continued work throughout East Tennessee.

"Our education system has to continue to improve and make sure we're producing the workforce for the future jobs," Rice says.

You can find more information on the Jobs Now! program by following the link below.

http://www.knoxvillechamber.com/index.php?/kc/main/economic_development/jobs_now_innovation_valley



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