Knox Commerce

Red Carpet Tour Touts Innovation Valley’s Assets

Site selectors capped the weekend with VIP access to the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, with an appearance on Colossus – the world’s largest outdoor, center-hung, video screen.

 

BY: KAYLA SMITH

Last month members from the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley team traveled to the Tri-Cities region for the 2017 Northeast Tennessee Red Carpet Tour. Hosted in Bristol and Kingsport, the Red Carpet Tour aimed to showcase the region to eight of the top site selectors in America. The Knoxville Chamber, Blount Partnership, Greene County Partnership, NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, and Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic

The Knoxville Chamber, Blount Partnership, Greene County Partnership, NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, and Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership were all represented during the two-day event.

“We understand a regional approach to economic development is the most beneficial for a sustainable economy and growth,” said Doug Lawyer, vice president of economic development for the Knoxville Chamber. “Because of this, it is extremely important we continue to work with our partners across Northeast Tennessee and engage top site selectors, reminding them our region is the best place for business in America.”

Participating site selectors were treated to tours of Eastman Chemical Co., roundtable discussions with area business leaders, and a presentation about the Innovation Valley region. The Red Carpet Tour concluded with VIP access to the Bass Pro Shops NRA Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.