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Old 12-13-2011, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Been reading a ton on the forum, and thought I'd finally ask a question:

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I am a young professional, living in South Georgia (have all my life), looking to escape to a new, hopefully ideal city.
In pouring over locations, Chattanooga, Nashville and Knoxville (places like San Francisco, Portland, and Charlotte too) have popped up as potential targets, as I would love to be in a place that locates me near both a major metropolitan city and nature.
I'm 23 and would love to have the many opportunities provided by a city - concerts, sporting events, theaters, etc. - while remaining close to a natural environment where I can hike, kayak, bike and more.
While I currently work as a newspaper reporter (received a degree in Journalism), ultimately, I would like to work in communications/public relations/public outreach for an organization involved with wildlife and/or the natural environment.

My question to the forum members: Do these cities (any or all) provide these kind of opportunities. Which is better (opinions obviously)? Pros and cons to any or all?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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There are more jobs in Nashville, period. Chattanooga and Knoxville both have amazing natural amenities. Knoxville's Ijams Nature Center is right near downtown, but the News-Sentinel just announced they're laying off 40? 50? workers. Honestly, when I was reading your post Asheville, NC kept popping into my head. There are lots of city amenities there and many local and home-grown initiatives that involve wildlife, the natural environment, conservancy, etc. The city is full blown liberal but lots of the surrounding area is pretty laid back. Just another suggestion.

Have you visited any of the cities?
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Old 12-13-2011, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Asheville is an interesting idea. I've considered it too. The only question I've had with the place is its size. It isn't really comparable to the other three right?

And actually, not really.. I have been to the aquarium in Chattanooga, but I don't remember much of the city.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:03 PM
 
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Based on your age and the things you enjoy I would strongly consider northern California, the Pacific Northwest (including Portland and Seattle), or even the Denver/Boulder area. You mentioned some of these cities in your original post. Good luck to you.
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Old 12-13-2011, 07:05 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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@ Soulful: Those towns are very intriguing; and keep coming up as great places to live... The only worries - Winter weather and too much rain.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:33 AM
 
Location: chattanooga
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go to the chattanooga forum and scroll through the posts. You will find many of your answers for chattanooga there. Me, I am bias because I live here
Also consider in any Tennessee town, no state income tax. On top of that, low property tax, low housing prices and the cost of living is outstanding here! Plus, we don't have all those frufru taxes like California keeps making up.
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Old 12-15-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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Many thanks Blue. I have been looking through and am very interested in the city. Seems great (in comparison to Statesboro, Georgia what wouldn't?? ha). Plus, it's close enough to Atlanta to take in occasional Braves/Falcons/Hawks games. If only a job surfaced, it'd be a no-brainer.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Franklin, TN
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Many thanks Blue. I have been looking through and am very interested in the city. Seems great (in comparison to Statesboro, Georgia what wouldn't?? ha). Plus, it's close enough to Atlanta to take in occasional Braves/Falcons/Hawks games. If only a job surfaced, it'd be a no-brainer.
Sounds like you have them Statesboro Blues.
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Old 12-15-2011, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Chattanooga, TN
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You said it Vols! Can't get tired of those Allman Brothers though.
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Old 12-16-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: chattanooga
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Barefoot, be sure to keep watching for volkswagon to open up positions for the addtional car they will be manufacturing here. It may not be want you want to do for a career, but it will give you living money to eventually move into your career. In the meantime you can enjoy the town! Also keep and eye on the government positions www.chattanooga.gov and www.hamiltontn.gov .

It's also close enough you can take in a hockey game in Nashville and be back in time to get a few hours sleep in and back to work in the morning. Which is what i did last night! Go Predators!

Meant to add, interested in working in public relations, etc for the environment .. check out this website www.outdoorchattanooga.com .

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