We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Enjoy the Nation's Best

Business Climate

By the Numbers

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Last in State and Local Taxes per Capita

A Business-Friendly Community

We are in one of America’s most business-friendly states, with low debt, a balanced budget, and a strong workforce. A right-to-work state, our combination of affordability, stability, lifestyle and technological know-how attracts new businesses, from global corporations to small businesses and innovative entrepreneurs.

Sound Fiscal Management

Tennessee has a long history of fiscal responsibility and budgetary discipline that crosses party lines.

Postsecondary Education

Roane State Community College, Harriman’s Tennessee School of Applied Technology, the nearby University of Tennessee and other colleges provide academic and workforce development support.

Economic Investment

Tennessee’s budgetary discipline allows meaningful investments in education, workforce development and international business reach.

Cutting-Edge Research

With a 75-year history of research and technical excellence, we are in the heart of the new Oak Ridge - UT Innovation Institute, including Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Low Corporate Taxes

Corporate (excise) tax is 6.5% of net earnings, and franchise tax is 25 cents per $100 of capital properties. The state sales tax is 7%.