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Old 08-21-2010, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Business Facilities has completed its annual Top 10 rankings of states and metro areas with the best economic growth potential.


STATE of TENNESSEE

"The watchword for this year’s report is growth — we identify the locations positioned to dominate emerging job-creating sectors. We also introduce our newly expanded alternative energy industry leaders categories."


Here are the categories where the State of Tennessee has scored in the Top 10. The number is Tennessee's rank:

Economic Growth Potential - (2)
Best Business Climate - (5)
Alternative Energy Industry Leaders - (6)
Solar Energy Manufacturing Leaders - (5)
Quality of Life - (5)
Cost of Labor - (7)
Automotive Manufacturing Strength - (1)
Best Transportation Infrastructure - (9)

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TENNESSEE METRO AREAS

Here are the categories where Tennessee Metro Areas scored in the Top 10 nationwide. The number is the Tennessee metro area rank.

"Annual survey of leading metropolitan areas puts the spotlight on communities that have locked onto their strategic targets and a payload of new jobs."

Top 10 Economic Growth Potential - Chattanooga (1)
Top 10 Metro Economic Growth Potential (under 200k pop.) - Knoxville (5)
Alternative Energy Industry Leaders - Clarksville (4) Knoxville (7)
Top 10 Metro Quality of Life - Nashville (2)
Low Cost Manufacturing Centers (less than 500k Pop.) - Clarksville - (8)

Top 10 Metro Best Cost of Living - WE KILLED ON THIS ONE!!! Memphis (2), Nashville (5), Chattanooga (9), Knoxville (10)
Top 10 Metro Best Cost of Living (less Than 350k pop.) Clarksville (10)

If you want to read both reports to see who we beat, who came ahead of us and which categories where we missed the Top 10 completely, the links to both full reports are here under Special Report:

Business Facilities | The Location Advisor

I'd say we did pretty darn good!
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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Excellent news. This caught my eye.

Knoxville, TN also caught our
attention when we rated the top
metros for alternative energy leadership.
We were particularly impressed
with the bold plans announced earlier
this year, when the area declared
itself the Knoxville-Oak Ridge
Innovation Valley, bringing
researchers from Oak Ridge
National Laboratory (ORNL) and
University of Tennessee/Knoxville
together in an ambitious effort to
establish the region as a primary
alternative energy hub.
Improved LED lights, high tech
air filtration systems and lighter,
stronger and easier-to-ship materials—
all developed locally—are fueling
a promising, and increasingly
green, future for the Knoxville-Oak
Ridge Innovation Valley.
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Old 08-22-2010, 04:43 PM
 
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This was also prominently featured (in fact, had a front-page graphic) in the publication (http://www.businessfacilities.com/Rankings/BFJulAug10_METRO_RANKINGS.PDF): (broken link)

Top Logistics/Distribution Shipping Hubs -- Memphis (1)

"AEROTROPOLIS RISING
For years, Memphis has rightfully
branded itself as America’s Distribution
Center. Today, the charming city
on the banks of the Mississippi River
is calling itself America’s Aerotropolis.
This is not a hollow boast—we affirm
Memphis’ global leadership as a megacargo/
shipping hub with the top
ranking in our new Logistics/Distribution
Shipping Hubs category.
From its antebellum leadership,
consolidating and distributing cotton
and lumber to the nation and the
world, through its 21st century position
as the globe’s largest, fastest, and
most connected multimodal logistics
complex, Memphis and distribution
have been synonymous.
Largely due to its status as the
global hub for FedEx, Memphis
International Airport has an estimated
$22 billion annual impact on
the metropolitan economy, generating
166,000 jobs and moving up to 5
million metric tons of cargo, making
it the world’s busiest cargo airport for
17 consecutive years.
Memphis also boasts superior rail,
water and road access. More than 400
motor freight companies operating in
Memphis offer direct service to all 48
contiguous states as well as Mexico
and Canada, and the city can deliver
by road transport overnight to more
metro markets (152) than any other
major U.S. shipping hub. Also, five major rail networks
intersect in Memphis (CSX, Union Pacific, Canadian
National, Norfolk Southern and BNSF). Memphis is the
fourth largest inland port in the country, handling more
than 18 million tons of cargo on the river annually.
...."
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Old 08-25-2010, 05:17 PM
 
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Business Facilities has completed its annual Top 10 rankings of states and metro areas with the best economic growth potential.


STATE of TENNESSEE

"The watchword for this year’s report is growth — we identify the locations positioned to dominate emerging job-creating sectors. We also introduce our newly expanded alternative energy industry leaders categories."


Here are the categories where the State of Tennessee has scored in the Top 10. The number is Tennessee's rank:

Economic Growth Potential - (2)
Best Business Climate - (5)
Alternative Energy Industry Leaders - (6)
Solar Energy Manufacturing Leaders - (5)
Quality of Life - (5)
Cost of Labor - (7)
Automotive Manufacturing Strength - (1)
Best Transportation Infrastructure - (9)

------

TENNESSEE METRO AREAS

Here are the categories where Tennessee Metro Areas scored in the Top 10 nationwide. The number is the Tennessee metro area rank.

"Annual survey of leading metropolitan areas puts the spotlight on communities that have locked onto their strategic targets and a payload of new jobs."

Top 10 Economic Growth Potential - Chattanooga (1)
Top 10 Metro Economic Growth Potential (under 200k pop.) - Knoxville (5)
Alternative Energy Industry Leaders - Clarksville (4) Knoxville (7)
Top 10 Metro Quality of Life - Nashville (2)
Low Cost Manufacturing Centers (less than 500k Pop.) - Clarksville - (8)

Top 10 Metro Best Cost of Living - WE KILLED ON THIS ONE!!! Memphis (2), Nashville (5), Chattanooga (9), Knoxville (10)
Top 10 Metro Best Cost of Living (less Than 350k pop.) Clarksville (10)

If you want to read both reports to see who we beat, who came ahead of us and which categories where we missed the Top 10 completely, the links to both full reports are here under Special Report:

Business Facilities | The Location Advisor

I'd say we did pretty darn good!

thanks for sharing, very informative!
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