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Old 04-08-2007, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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5 . Knoxville, Tenn.

Population: 662,000
Job Growth: 1.6%
Income Growth: 2.6%
Big Employers: U.S. Department of Energy, Covenant Health, University of Tennessee, Wal-Mart Stores (nyse: WMT - news - people ), St. Mary's Health System.

The area is home to 11 colleges that spit out 8,000 graduates a year. Last year food-service distributor Sysco (nyse: SYY - news - people ) announced plans to invest $40 million and hire 300 people for a new complex. One draw: business costs that are 14% below the national average.

Notice that seems to be the big thing, that it costs less to do business. This doesn't necessarily mean it is a great place to find a good paying job.
I knew about the hospitals. Costs less- for sure. Thats why Bank of America built their $3 million call center here- they calculated 300% turnover, which saves them scads on health insurance. Also the right to work issue again. (just like Florida)
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Old 04-08-2007, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I find it a little scary that they put Walmart on the list of places to work!

On the other hand, if you are in the medical field, it probably would be a great place to work. I can also say that Knoxville's health care runs circles around Florida's.

I had the same problems for over seven years, went to several doctors in Florida and no one could figure it out. I walked into a FREE CLINIC in Knoxville and the doctor correctly diagnosed me in seconds.

But getting back to the original topic...

Notice that they also tout all those college graduates. Forbes is right that Knoxville is a great place for a company to set up shop. You have all of those grads fighting for jobs.
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Old 04-08-2007, 03:10 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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We have a joke here in Nashville.

What does a UT grad call a Vanderbilt grad?

A: Boss.


Just teasing. I like UT. I've been one of their football fans since I was a toddler. I almost went to school there.
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:17 PM
 
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KNoxville 662000 pop? I think that is wrong

Nevermind there going by metropolitan statistical areas
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Old 04-08-2007, 05:35 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I just want to add that the Free Clinic was not totally free, just in case someone thinks I'm a freeloader. It is for working people that do not have insurance, and I ended up paying about $700 for the visit and subsequent test. Of course, I now have health insurance for all the work that has to be done!

But it is nice that there is someplace that people can go when they have no insurance. Also, if I had not gotten that job, the hospital and doctors would have charged me half price and I could make payments, which is just wonderful.

I've been accused of being a whiner with personal problems and I just wanted to clear that up.

Sorry to hijack the thread!
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Old 04-08-2007, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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I find it a little scary that they put Walmart on the list of places to work!
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Exactly. more media spin. Walmart of course builds huge complexes- so does Lowes- does anyone with an MBA who spent 6 figures on their education want a job there. Lol- I highly doubt it. Hope people realize how skewed those stats are. Hiknapster- you are not a whiner ---I appreciate the truth!


sunny.
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Old 04-08-2007, 06:26 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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And that bit about Sysco, a food distributor, bringing in 300 jobs doesn't seem THAT promising. Maybe they are great to work for, but I wonder if food distribution pays that well.

I know several UT graduates and they all tell me that they take something less than what they were educated to do or they move away.

That's not whining. That's the truth.
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Old 04-08-2007, 06:47 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I have stock in Sysco. I hope they don't pay TOO well.

;-) (just kidding)
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Old 04-08-2007, 06:56 PM
 
Location: Old Town Alexandria
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And that bit about Sysco, a food distributor, bringing in 300 jobs doesn't seem THAT promising. Maybe they are great to work for, but I wonder if food distribution pays that well.

I know several UT graduates and they all tell me that they take something less than what they were educated to do or they move away.

That's not whining. That's the truth.
The driver at Johnson City Honda- (drives people home when your car is repaired) (he was a UT grad) makes 11.00 an hour. And he considers this his job in "the big city"

sunny
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Old 04-08-2007, 07:22 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
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I personally know three UT grads. One was a history major. He now installs cable. One was a communications major and she does telemarketing. The last is a communications major and he is a door-to-door salesman.

All were born and raised in Tennessee, and ALL said to get a better job they would have to move away.

Now, someone coming from out of state, what would THEIR chances be?

But to START a business here, yeah, I think this would be a great place.
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