Knoxville ranks high for growth potential
Knoxville has garnered positive recognition from a national magazine.
Business Facilities, a publication targeted at businesses and site-selection consultants, released their 2012 metro ranking report.
Knoxville ranked 10th in economic-growth potential among cities with employment of less than 450,000.
The city also ranked 8th on the magazine's list of the nation's fastest-growing cities.
For an unprecedented third consecutive year, Tennessee has been named the top-ranked state for Automotive Manufacturing Strength in the 2012 rankings.
As rankings of metropolitan areas have proliferated in the age of digital media, Knoxville has frequently been included on lists such as the Best Cities for Green Job Growth, Best Cities for Jobs and even the Most Romantic Cities.
In a news release, Business Facilities' editor-in-chief, Jack Rogers, said its rankings show that "growth is synonymous with Knoxville."
"Few cities can match the combination of assets the Tennessee city brings," he said. "Knoxville has all of the attributes that will enable it to be a growth center for years to come."
The magazine notes the economic impact of Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Tennessee.
See the full Business Facilities 2012 State Rankings Report here.
Source: Knoxville News Sentinel