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State can lead with Internet access laws


Internet access has much in common with other utilities — it is best served to a city or region, rather than by the street or block, as economies of scale come into play. (continue)

Q&A: UT’s Dr. Matthew Murray on the Tennessee economy


Dr. Matthew N. Murray, associate director of the UT Center for Business and Economic Research, is lead author of UT’s Annual Economic Report to the Governor — the State’s Economic Outlook . (continue)

Tennessee economy on healthy growth course


The University of Tennessee’s annual report released Friday concludes that jobs and consumer spending continue to grow and position both Tennessee’s and the nation’s economies for a strong 2016. (continue)

Protomet to announce expansion


Protomet Corp., an Oak Ridge-based maker of machined parts and boat products, said Friday that it plans to announce on Tuesday a multimillion- dollar expansion, which it says will create hundreds of jobs. (continue)

Vonore automotive plant expanding, adding 50 jobs


JTEKT investing $2.8M in Monroe County expansion (continue)

UT report shows Tennessee economy positioned for strong 2016


Job growth and consumer spending continue to grow and position Tennessee and the nation's economies for a strong 2016. (continue)

CVMR plant still on for Oak Ridge


The chairman and CEO of a Canadian metals company that promised a major investment in Oak Ridge said that the majority of the project — which could generate hundreds of jobs — will still come to fruition. (continue)

Rockwood aviation supplier expanding


Toho Tenax America Inc. announced this week that it has signed a five-year contract with United Technologies Aerospace Systems to produce Pyromex aircraft brake-friction materials. (continue)

Knoxville Airport board approves Uber deal


The Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority approved an agreement with Uber for its drivers to serve customers at McGhee Tyson Airport. (continue)

Angel investors’ tax credit urged


To spur investment in early-stage companies in Tennessee, Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd, a prominent Knoxville entrepreneur, is proposing a tax credit for angel investors. (continue)

VW is counting on Chattanooga


New SUV ‘crucial,’ CEO tells workers (continue)

Broadband access critical


“Broadband access is as critical as water was decades ago,” said Randy Boyd. (continue)

$1M ad campaign meant to boost adult graduates


The advertising is part of a $1 million push to encourage adults with some college credits to return to campus to earn their degrees. (continue)

GM taps Tennessee plant to make Acadia


General Motors will move production of the GMC Acadia crossover utility vehicle to the former Saturn plant in Spring Hill, Tenn., from Lansing, Mich. (continue)

State gauges broadband availability


Tennessee’s Department of Economic and Community Development is evaluating the availability of broadband Internet in Tennessee through a statewide assessment. (continue)

Battery-powered SUV to be unveiled


Volkswagen will unveil a battery-powered SUV at the Detroit auto show. (continue)

Knoxville adds two new non-stop flights


Allegiant Air announced it is adding non-stop flights to Washington D.C. and Las Vegas from Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport. (continue)

UT engineering adds automotive focus


University of Tennessee graduate students in engineering soon will be able to increase their skills aimed at working in the automotive industry. (continue)

Remediation firm opens Knox office


Environmental Consulting & Technology, a Florida-based remediation and site assessment firm, has opened its first Knoxville office. (continue)

Higher ed targets hard-to-fill jobs


The Tennessee Higher Education Commission is asking lawmakers to expand a $10 million grant program that paired employers with colleges to develop academic programs tailored to the needs of local job markets. (continue)

Tennessee ad campaign focusing on getting adults back into college


Tennessee is preparing to launch a $1 million advertising campaign to encourage adults who dropped out of college to go back and get their degrees. (continue)

Oak Ridge company eyes DOE property


Tract would allow expansion, 100 more jobs (continue)

ORNL hits plutonium mark


Lab building Pu-238 supply for space use (continue)

Google to put $500M in data center in Tennessee


Google is planning to build a data center at the former TVA megasite once home to Hemlock Semiconductor in Clarksville. (continue)

Tennessee’s population at 6.6M


Tennessee added 104,944 new residents who moved to the Volunteer State from elsewhere in America over the past five years. (continue)

State OKs $18M in incentives


The State Funding Board approved economic development grants for the previously announced Advanced Munitions International plant in Alcoa, the Orgill Inc. corporate headquarters in Collierville and the Regal Entertainment headquarters move in Knoxville. (continue)

Tombras, Regal headquarters to fuel downtown


The Tombras Group advertising and public relations firm revealed it would move its headquarters downtown. (continue)

Tennessee’s popularity surges with Americans, especially Generation X


Tennessee ranks as 10th most popular state Americans want to move to, according to latest Harris Poll that annually ranks states' desirability. (continue)

Union vote certified at Volkswagen plant in Tennessee


The National Labor Relations Board has certified the United Auto Workers win in a union vote among skilled workers at the Volkswagen plant in Tennessee. (continue)

Oak Ridge-based General Graphene $8.7M closer to proof of concept


Imagine holding your car on a sheet of plastic wrap. Now, make that plastic wrap 1 million times thinner and you're close to the size and strength of graphene. (continue)

Tennessee has a Record Breaking Year


Tennessee has not only met, but exceeded the goal of 25,000 job commitments this year! (continue)

Tennessee seeks to close STEM training gap


The number of new businesses starting and coming to Tennessee continues to grow, but they and the state’s existing employers continue to face a shortage of workers trained in STEM... (continue)

Startup incubator opens


So Weaver and his wife, Dr. Carol Jane Weaver, have created an incubator for entrepreneurs in a scenic site. The initiative is titled Sizzle TechStart. (continue)

CVMR amends plans for OR


Responding to reports his ambitious project was on the rocks, the president of a powdered metal maker said Friday in a letter to Gov. Bill Haslam that while the company has ditched plans for a research facility, it’s moving ahead with a large metal refining facility in Roane County. (continue)

Kayak company to phase in jobs


Lifetime Products expects to employ 125 workers when it opens a new kayak manufacturing plant in April 2017 (continue)

Leapfrog names UTMC ‘Top Hospital’


The Leapfrog Group announced the University of Tennessee Medical Center is on its “top hospitals” list for 2015. (continue)

Volkswagen to appeal ruling allowing ‘micro’ union at plant


Volkswagen informed workers at its lone U.S. plant in Chattanooga that it is appealing a decision to allow the United Auto Workers union to seek collective bargaining rights for a small group of skilled workers. (continue)

Local free community college plans may be template for US


An economic engine. A jumpstart for lower-income students. A partnership with businesses to groom a workforce. The idea of free community college has been touted as all these, by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans. (continue)

Spezia to leave Covenant CEO role


Anthony "Tony" Spezia announced that he'll step out of the role of Covenant president and CEO March 31, and into a new role as CEO emeritus. (continue)

Lifetime Products Inc. opening plant in Knoxville and will create 500 new jobs


Lifetime Products Inc. will invest $115 million (continue)

Record funding expected for DOE missions in Oak Ridge, senator says


The city’s U.S. Department of Energy facilities are expected to receive a record level of federal funding in the new fiscal year. (continue)

Travel Channel moving HQ to Knoxville


As many as 100 employees from Travel Channel could be moving to Knoxville as the network relocates its headquarters here from Maryland by the middle of 2016. (continue)

Brushy Mountain project is good for rural community


Brushy Mountain closed in 2009, but a development group wants to make the imposing edifice Morgan County’s newest tourist attraction... (continue)

Oak Ridge celebrates its entry into new Manhattan Project National Historical Park


Oak Ridge, along with Hanford, Wash., and Los Alamos, N.M., became parts of the new park in a memorandum of agreement inked in Washington D.C., between the U.S. Departments of Interior and Energy. (continue)

Brushy Mountain prison distillery plans push ahead


It has been more than two years since voters in Morgan County approved a referendum to allow the historic Brushy Mountain State Penitentiary to become a moonshine distillery. (continue)

Communities need to be ready when new businesses call, consultant says


Communities that want to recruit new businesses had better be ready to put their best foot forward when the phone rings, according to Mike Mullis. (continue)

Well-Connected Tennessee Innovating to Distribute Success


Tennessee ranks highly for its certified sites program as well as its transportation infrastructure, and the state is employing innovative strategies to address educational and other challenges. (continue)

Log home manufacturer adding 38 jobs in Cocke County expansion


Custom log and timber home manufacturer Hearthstone Inc. will invest $3.9 million to add a new facility in Newport, adding 38 jobs. (continue)

Hiring surges: Employers add 271,000 jobs in Oct.; jobless rate falls to 5%


The labor market bounced back strongly in October as employers added 271,000 jobs. (continue)

VW affirms commitment to Chattanooga plant despite scandal


Volkswagen says it's sticking with planned investments at its plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee - including production of a new SUV there. (continue)

Local Motors announces first vehicle for Knoxville factory production


Vehicle manufacturer Local Motors, which utilizes 3-D printing, says it will produce its newest car, the LM3D Swim, at a Knoxville factory slated to open next year. (continue)

Creation of jobs boosts economy of East Tennessee


Recent announcements of jobs coming to East Tennessee are great news for state (continue)

ORNL seeks expansion of Spallation Neutron Source


Oak Ridge National Laboratory is pushing hard for an expansion of the Spallation Neutron Source, which would double the research capabilities... (continue)

Local leaders ‘sell’ Tennessee in Israel


Gov. Bill Haslam, ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd and 18 business leaders from Tennessee recently returned from a trip to Israel to “sell” Tennessee as a site for new business. (continue)

Dura-Line to open new manufacturing facility and R&D Center in Clinton, TN


Energy and Infrastructure Products Manufacturer to Invest Over $25 Million, Create 70 New Jobs (continue)

Regal to move HQ to South Waterfront in Knoxville, create 75 jobs


'This is a game changer' for city, governor says (continue)

US chamber ranks Tennessee No. 7 in trade and transportation


Tennessee ranked No. 7 among the 50 states for the quality of its transportation and trade and stood out for high-tech job growth (continue)

Delivery van maker sets up shop in Loudon, bringing up to 500 jobs


Governor Bill Haslam along with local officials joined executives and customers of delivery van maker Morgan Olson LLC to celebrate the opening of a new manufacturing facility in Loudon. (continue)

Comcast filling nearly 250 jobs at redesigned Knoxville call center


Comcast announced it will fill nearly 250 customer care jobs at its Knoxville facility over the next two years. (continue)

Advanced Munitions International (AMI) to Build New Global Headquarters in Alcoa


AMI will create more than 600 jobs and $553M Investment (continue)

Vanquish Worldwide to be premier sponsor for Smoky Mountain Air Show


When the Smoky Mountain Air Show returns to East Tennessee in 2016, a veteran-owned company based in Blount County will help make it happen. (continue)

Leisure Pools may hire 1,000


About 100 people are now at work building swimming pools at the new Leisure Pools factory in Forks of the River Industrial Park, and the company anticipates about 1,000 jobs will be created at the facility within the next decade. (continue)

ORNL reactor's past tied to nation's energy future


An innovative reactor concept that Weinberg thought was important in the 1960s is now coming back into vogue... (continue)

Tennessee creates $8M fund to promote rural development


The state Economic and Community Development Department is creating an $8 million program aimed at promoting projects in rural Tennessee. (continue)

Knoxville in the top 10 Best Cities for Millennial Entrepreneurs


Thumbtack’s annual Small Business Friendliness Survey has ranked Knoxville, Tennessee 7th overall and 5th for friendliness. (continue)

Eagle Bend Manufacturing to Expand in Anderson County


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. (continue)

Jewelry Television to hire 400 for the holidays


Knoxville-based Jewelry Television announced it plans to hire 400 extra sales employees for the holiday season. (continue)

Local Motors' Knoxville facility taking shape


Local Motors, which is capitalizing on local resources in 3-D printing to create vehicles through open-source designs, is nearing completion on its 40,000-square-foot “micro-factory” overlooking Pellissippi Parkway between Knoxville and Oak Ridge. (continue)

AT&T touts McMinn County fiber networks


AT&T designated three McMinn County industrial parks as “fiber ready” (continue)

Delivery van maker to bring 400-plus jobs to Loudon


A Michigan-based company that builds delivery trucks for FedEx, UPS and the U.S. Postal Service, among others, plans to open a factory in Loudon that would initially employ 400 workers. (continue)

Knoxville ranked No. 4, Chattanooga No. 1 for startups


Knoxville has claimed the No. 4 spot in a ranking by financial technology company SmartAsset of U.S. cities with the lowest business-startup costs. (continue)

Pellissippi State is largest community college in state for first time


For the first time, Pellissippi State Community College has the largest community college enrollment — 10,325 students — in the state. (continue)

Rural areas to get more broadband


AT&T plans to extend high-speed Internet access to more than 81,000 homes and businesses in rural areas across Tennessee over the next six years... (continue)

Smoky Mountains summer visitation keeps pace with last year


More than 3.9 million people visited Great Smoky Mountains National Park this summer... (continue)

Nissan offers bigger battery, longer range for 2016 Leaf


The nation's first mass-produced electric car, the Tennessee-built Nissan Leaf, gets a bigger battery and a much-needed boost in range for 2016 (continue)

Jewelry Television to build $42M expansion of headquarters


Jewelry Television has acquired property it formerly leased on Parkside Drive in an $8.9 million deal, and tens of millions in additional investment will follow over the next year as the company expands its Knoxville headquarters. (continue)

Dynamic Delivery Methods


Technology is changing how companies bring their products to market, and the ripple effects will be felt in the real estate community. (continue)

Attendance up 6% at state’s community colleges


Enrollment is up at many of the state’s 13 community colleges, and almost all of them have seen sharp gains in the number of students enrolled with a full course load, a requirement of the full-tuition scholarship program. (continue)

Time has come for East Knox Business Park


Officials are revisiting plans to develop a business park adjacent to Interstate 40 in rural East Knox County... (continue)

UT moves up 3 spots in US News rankings


In the 2016 U.S. News & World Report college rankings, UT ranked 103rd overall and 47th for public universities. That’s up three spots in each list compared to last year. (continue)

Small businesses a big part of DOE contracting


The U.S. Department of Energy makes a big deal out of its small-business contracting... (continue)

Ober Gatlinburg opens new mountain coaster


Ober Gatlinburg unveiled a new adventure attraction guaranteed to give a twisty ride through the mountains. (continue)

Real estate firm joins Avison Young


Cushman & Wakefield | Cornerstone, one of Knoxville’s top commercial real estate firms, has agreed to affiliate with Toronto based Avison Young... (continue)

State of Tennessee request seeks new jobs


Gov. Bill Haslam’s administration is looking to market Tennessee internationally as a place “with a low-cost labor force” and “very low unionization rates.” (continue)

Bryan Daniels Named Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executive of the Year


The Tennessee Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) named Bryan Daniels, Blount Partnership president/CEO, as its Chamber Executive of the Year... (continue)

DENSO Manufacturing Tennessee, Inc. to Expand Maryville Operations


The auto supplier will invest $400 million, create 500 new jobs (continue)

China-based company to locate headquarters in Knoxville


China-based injection molding company is investing nearly $5 million to locate its first U.S. headquarters in Knoxville, Tennessee. (continue)

Governor Haslam to help kick off 2-year college free-tuition program


Gov. Bill Haslam is visiting several community colleges this week to help kick off his Tennessee Promise program. (continue)

University of Tennessee nuclear engineering student group named top in US


The American Nuclear Society chose UT’s student chapter to receive the prestigious Samuel Glasstone Award for the best student chapter, a first for the university. (continue)

Tennessee tourism on the rise with record-breaking year


For the first time ever, more than 100 million people visited Tennessee in a single year. (continue)

Aircraft shop will open in Chattanooga


West Star Aviation plans to spend $22.5 million to create an aircraft maintenance facility at Chattanooga’s Lovell Field metropolitan airport... (continue)

Colleges ready for Tennessee Promise students’ start


The first cohort of Tennessee Promise recipients start classes in the next few weeks... (continue)

Automobile parts manufacturer to host job fair Thursday


OTICS USA, Inc. will host a job fair on Thursday from 1-8 p.m. at Smokies Stadium. (continue)

Dollywood to add world's fastest wood coaster


Dolly Parton joined Dollywood executives to announce plans to build a $22 million record-breaking roller coaster called Lightning Rod. (continue)

Pellissippi State awarded $50,000 by DENSO for automated manufacturing


Automation is at the technological cutting edge of manufacturing — and Pellissippi State Community College is working with partners like DENSO Manufacturing to ensure that the college’s Automated Industrial Systems graduates are well prepared to enter the workforce. (continue)

Tennessee Promise students meet deadline


Director: 70 percent finish service on time (continue)

State must build on successes in manufacturing


According to Forbes magazine, industrial employment has expanded by 7. 5 percent, with about 855,000 jobs created in the past five years. (continue)

Tennessee ranked #1 in Auto Manufacturing


In its annual ranking of U.S. states, Business Facilities ranked Tennessee No. 1 in automotive strength for the fifth time in the past six years. (continue)

Dollywood's DreamMore Resort Opens


Dollywood’s DreamMore Resort welcomed its first overnight guests at the expansive Smoky Mountain hotel complex. (continue)