We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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What's at Stake for Roane County?

Roane County has seen a decline in population in the last 7 years at -2.4%. All of the surrounding counties with which Roane County competes for business have grown at an average of 3.7% over the same period of time.

Population decline leads to fewer residents, fewer customers, fewer businesses, fewer tax payers, decreased tax base, fewer government services, declining government facilities, and a much more challenging environment for recruiting new business.

Outside of high-end lakefront developments, Roane County has seen no new middle income housing development in over 30 years.

While Exit 350 in Harriman has seen significant growth in new retail stores, the rest of the county has not grown much. Retail is driven almost completely by residential growth numbers.

To successfully recruit new industry to the county, it requires using residential numbers from neighboring communities to prove the workforce exists to support the company’s needs.

While building a new K-14 high school in Roane County proactively would require a capital project, the alternative plan to replace the 5 high schools in operation currently would be far more expensive.  Plus, keeping 5 high schools would make the K-14 model impossible because of the low numbers of students spread across 5 schools would make partnering with TCAT and RSCC not feasible.

Studies and regional examples have shown that new school construction can lead to new housing developments, higher property values and even higher student test scores.  View the presentation on the front page for more details.

What's at Stake for Roane County?