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  • Knoxville ranks as 5th lowest-cost city for starting a new business, according to a study by SmartAsset. 8/15/16
  • Tennessee was named 2016 “State of the Year” by Southern Business & Development magazine. 8/1/16
  • Tennessee the fourth-best state for retirees by Kiplinger. 6/24/16
  • Tennessee awarded the 2016 Gold Shovel Award by Area Development. 6/8/16
  • Tennessee ranked #1 in Automotive Manufacturing Strength by Business Facilities magazine for the 5th time in 6 years. 8/3/15
  • Tennessee awarded the 2015 Gold Shovel Award by Area Development. 6/4/15
  • Tennessee ranked 4th in the 2015 Chief Executive's list of "Best States for Business" 5/8/15
  • Tennessee named Economic Development "State of the Year" for the 2nd consecutive year by Business Facilities. 1/5/15
  • Tennessee ranked 5th overall in Area Development magazine's 2014 Top States for Doing Business. Tennessee also ranked 1st place for overall infrastructure and global access, 1st place in distribution/supply chain hubs and 1st in certified sites / shovel ready programs. Also ranked 5th for rail and highway access and 6th in workforce development. 10/10/14
  • Tennessee ranked 3rd best state for business in the 2014 annual survey of CEOs by Chief Executive. 5/8/14
  • Tennessee was ranked 2nd most competitive state for economic development by Site Selection magazine. 5/6/14
  • Knoxville ranked 5th on Forbes list of America's Most Affordable Cities. 3/12/14
  • Tennessee named Business Facilities 2013 State of the year. 1/14/14
  • For the 6th consecutive year, the University of Tennessee's MBA program named one of the nation's best by the Princeton Review. 10/14/13 
  • Tennessee awarded a Silver Shovel in Area Development's annual Shovel Awards that recognize excellence in State economic development. 5/30/13
  • Tennessee ranked the best state for retirement by Bankrate.com. 5/6/13
  • University of Tennessee's MBA program is among the best in the country, according to Businessweek's 2012 rankings. 11/29/12
  • Tennessee has 8th best business climate in Site Selection magazine's 2012 rankings of most business-friendly states. 11/2/12
  • Tennessee ranked 7th in Area Development’s 3rd Annual "Top States For Doing Business Survey". 10/22/12
  • Knoxville ranked 10th in economic growth potential in Business Facilities Magazine's 2012 Metro Ranking. 8/28/12
  • Knoxville ranked 8th for nation's fastest growing cities in Business Facilities Magazine's 2012 Metro Ranking. 8/28/12
  • Tennessee named #1 state for Automotive Manufacturing Strength for 3rd consecutive year by Business Facilities magazine. 7/18/12
  • Tennessee receives Area Development magazine’s 2012 Gold Shovel Award for Economic Development. 6/13/12
  • Knoxville ranked 6th in Forbes list of 2012 Best Mid-Size Cities for Jobs.  5/10/12
  • Tennessee is 4th best state in the nation for doing business according to Chief Executive Magazine's survey of Best and Worst States. 5/2/12
  • Tennessee is 14th best state for taxes on business according to Tax Foundation's 2012 State Business Tax Climate Index. 1/26/12
  • Knoxville placed 20th in the "Top Cities for Hospital Care" by Health Grades Inc. 1/24/12
  • Tennessee is ranked as 8th in the country in Site Selection magazine’s 2011 Top State Business Climate Rankings. 11/2/11
  • Tennessee ranked in Area Development’s 2011 Top States For Doing Business. 9/22/11
  • Tennessee ranked as the fourth best business climate among the 50 states in a new survey of U.S. corporate executives conducted by Development Counsellors International. 9/20/11
  • Tennessee is the top finisher in Business Facilities' annual state ranking for Automotive Manufacturing Strength. 8/8/11
  • Kiplinger's has ranked Knoxville No. 5 on its list of the Top Ten “Best Value Cities of 2011". 7/26/11