March 16, 2005 - The Knoxville-Oak Ridge
Innovation Valley is now recognized as one of the top 50 places in
the country to live and work.
area ranked as one of the top 50 places in the country to live
ranked as one of the "hottest" 50 areas in the country to expand
or relocate a business.
An analysis of 50 "quality of life" factors puts the
greater Knoxville metropolitan area into Expansion Management magazine's
elite "five star" category for the first time. No other
Tennessee metropolitan area appears on the list of five- or four-star
The April issue and the magazine's web site - www.expansionmanagement.com
- also features an interview with Brunswick Boat Group president Dusty
McCoy about the company's decision to move its headquarters to Knoxville.
The independent study ranked the Knoxville region as especially
attractive in the categories of affordable housing, standard of
living, air service and continuing education. Expansion Management
circulates to some 45,000 business decision-makers across the country.
It is closely read by site consultants who help companies find the
best locations to locate or expand a business.
"I am pleased Knoxville is receiving recognition as a great
city to live, work and raise a family," said Mayor Bill Haslam.
"This news will make the city and region even more attractive
when people think about where to start, expand or relocate their
McCoy said work force quality, incentives, location and quality
of life issues played an important role.
McCoy said Knoxville won out over several other Southern cities
because "we felt that Knoxville was a city where people could
settle in, raise children and have a wonderful lifestyle outside
of the office."
McCoy said Brunswick Boat headquarters employees who were asked
to relocate to Knoxville have been happy with their move. "There
hasn't been a person who came here that wished he or she hadn't,"
Brunswick Boat is the world's largest manufacturer of pleasure
boats with net sales of $1.6 billion in 2003.