Supporting businesses located in East Tennessee comprises a significant portion of the Knoxville Chamber’s regional economic development efforts. The Chamber offers several no- and low-cost programs to help businesses thrive in Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, beginning with a complimentary existing industry visits facilitated by Alex Kleto, manager of existing industries at the Knoxville Chamber.
“We have a responsibility to help businesses in this region thrive, and I am eager to connect companies with the programs and agencies who may help promote their growth,” said Kleto. “Many businesses are not aware of the free or low-cost incentives opportunities that can help take their organization to the next level. My role is to provide a concierge service to ensure businesses have all the tools they need to stay, expand, and prosper in Innovation Valley.”
These one-on-one visits connect existing industries with the resources and partners best suited to support their expansion and growth including:
- Access to potential capital and incentives
- Business development programs from regional partners and higher education institutions
- Sustainability assistance
- Workforce development resources
During the 2016-17 fiscal year, 19 existing industries expanded operations in Innovation Valley, representing a total direct and indirect economic impact of 1,830 new jobs and $87 million in new wages secured for the region.
For more information, to refer a business, or to arrange a one-on-one visit, contact Alex Kleto, existing industries manager at the Knoxville Chamber.