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Launched in 2015, the purpose of PEP is to improve the inventory
of industrial sites and buildings in Tennessee by evaluating
potential properties, advising counties on where investment
may be most beneficial and what is needed to address issues.
“We are excited to announce the eight counties that
have been selected to participate in the PEP Spring Round,”
TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd said. “By assisting counties
across the state in evaluating and improving their sites,
we can make sure these communities will be better equipped
to attract potential new business and create future economic
Based on the principles of the department’s Select
Tennessee Site Certification Program and with the assistance
of the site selection firm Austin Consulting, PEP will benefit
counties by emphasizing the importance of and assisting with
planning for future industrial development.
“This program will provide eight counties with the
tools they need to make themselves more marketable to potential
new business,” TNECD Site Development Director Leanne
Cox said. “I look forward to working with all of the
counties who have been selected to participate in the program,
and I am excited to see them enhance our state’s efforts
in recruiting and expanding businesses in Tennessee.”
“As Austin Consulting continues to assist in supporting
TNECD with the Property Evaluation Program, our consulting
group is impressed in the diversity of sites and communities
located throughout the state,” Austin Consulting Managing
Director Frank Spano said. “Austin continues to look
forward to working with the state and each community to uncover
the best potential properties to advance the program further
for future industrial development projects.”
For counties selected to participate, the program includes
an educational webinar on the site selection process, an on-site
visit by Austin Consulting and a comprehensive assessment
addressing each property’s strengths, weaknesses and
recommended next steps to improve marketability.
Selection was based on demonstrated local need for industrial
properties and also on the county’s ability to assemble
viable properties with market potential.
The application process begins with the submission of a Letter
of Intent which is accepted at any time. Upon receipt of the
letter, counties will be provided with the application.
About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s
mission is to develop strategies which help make Tennessee
the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs.
To grow and strengthen Team Tennessee, the department seeks
to attract new corporate investment in Tennessee and works
with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic
Knox County was created on June 11, 1792 by Governor William
Blount from parts of Greene and Hawkins counties, and has
the distinction of being one of only eight counties created
during territorial administration. It is one of nine United
States counties named for American Revolutionary War general
and first United States Secretary of War Henry Knox. Parts
of Knox County later became Blount (1795), Anderson (1801),
Roane (1801), and Union (1850) counties.
The government of Knox County, Tennessee operates under a
home rule format. The county administrator, formerly known
as the County Executive, is called the County Mayor. There
is also an elected county commission. The county officials'
districts do not correspond with those of the city of Knoxville,
which has its own mayor and city council. Residents of the
county living within Knoxville city limits vote in both city
and county elections, are represented by city and county mayors,
and pay city and county taxes. While the administration appears
to be duplicated, services tend to be separated. Knox County
runs the local school and library systems. Knoxville maintains
police department independent of the county sheriff. The property
assessor's office, tax offices, and the Metropolitan Planning
Commission are combined between the city and county governments.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total
area of 526 square miles (1,362.3 km2), of which 508 square
miles (1,315.7 km2) is land and 17 square miles (44.0 km2)
(3.29%) is water.
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