Knox 2018: The Economy

Knox 2018: The Economy

A region long dependent on government institutions looks to diversify its portfolio.

by scott barker and jesse fox mayshark • september 4, 2018

This story is a part of a Special Report. Read the rest here.

One of the long-noted ironies of life in East Tennessee is that in a region dominated politically for a century and a half by the Republican Party and its limited-government philosophy, the economy relies significantly on the federal and state governments.
Future growth, however, relies on the private sector. Recruiting new employers, encouraging the expansion of current ones and nurturing entrepreneurs will be key to the region’s economic health. Knoxville’s economic foundation may be secured by government institutions, but a foundation is only part of a structure.
In many ways, Knoxville owes it...

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