(From left to right) Marty Gibbs with the Christman Company, Mike Edwards with the Knoxville Chamber, UT Knoxville Chancellor Beverly Davenport, and Chamber Board Chair Terry Turner.


Knoxville Chamber Premier Partners had the exclusive opportunity to hear from University of Tennessee Chancellor Beverly Davenport at a breakfast event sponsored by the Christman Company.

She spoke about the significant economic impact the university has on the region and how it serves as a community anchor.

“In 2016, athletics alone had a $618 million impact on this community,” she explained. “We are bringing not only intellectual assets into the community, but also this economic impact.”

Chancellor Davenport also expressed the university’s desire to partner with the business leaders in the room and form mutually-beneficial relationships. She encouraged them to open their businesses to students for internships and co-ops.

“You need us, but we need you,” she said. “I want students in your companies, and I want you in our classrooms. As an anchor, we have amazing intellectual power with these students. They can bring a lot.”

Interested in becoming a Knoxville Chamber Premier Partner? Contact Michelle Kiely at mkiely@knoxvillechamber.com.