Tennessee honored as "2013 State of the Year!"

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Tennessee honored as "2013 State of the Year!"



Business Facilities, an economic development magazine named Tennessee the 2013 State of the year recently. With over Tennessee - State of the Year$3.2 Billion in capital investment and 6900 new jobs, Tennessee beat rival Texas for this honor for the first time since 2009.

Since 2007 Texas and Tennessee have each won this title twice.

The five largest projects created the majority of these investments and jobs. Those included Aramark's $20 million facility in Nashville, the new $800 million plant expansion in Clarksville for Hankook Tire Company and the $1.6 billion that Eastman Chemical Company is investing in a Kingsport plant.

Other companies included UBS, a large banking company adding 1,000 new jobs, Alcoa is expanding and spending $275 million while adding 200 new jobs, Calsonic Kansai North America, an auto parts supplier is adding 1,200 new jobs and Nissan, our Franklin based manufacturer is also adding 1,400 new jobs.

Business Facilities has named Tennessee Number 1 in the Auto  Manufacturing sector for the past 4 years. 

Tennessee Economic Community and Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty told the Tennessean "while the state's net job creation numbers are competitive nationally, the unemployment rate is unacceptable, especially in rural areas." 

Tennessee's unemployment rate is 8.1% compared to the national unemployment rate of 6.7% nationwide.

Many companies are attracted to Tennessee because of its central location. This can reduce shipping and transportation cost as energy prices increase.

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Joanna Cohlan
Fresh Eyes For Your Home - Chappaqua, NY
Designing, Decorating & Staging Westchester Homes

Congratulations Tennessee! I have friends that moved to Nashville 3 years ago and just love it there-great climate and lots to do!! This should be GREAT news for Star Realtors The Real Debbie Reynolds and you Connie Harvey!

Jan 22, 2014 11:58 PM #1
Joe Petrowsky
Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709 - Manchester, CT
Your Mortgage Consultant for Life

Good morning Connie. Your state has much to be proud of when it comes showing all the other states about economic development.

Make it a great day!

Jan 22, 2014 11:59 PM #2
Tom White
Franklin Homes Realty LLC (615) 495-0752 or www.FranklinHomesRealty.com - Franklin, TN
Franklin Homes Realty LLC, Franklin TN

Connie, some great news on the Home Front! 1400 new jobs at Nissan...Hmmmm

Jan 23, 2014 01:36 AM #3
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Connie- congratulations to Tennessee!!!  I'm thinking of all of those cars being manufactured in your state!!! 

Jan 23, 2014 01:46 AM #4
Emcee M. Arah
Remax Excellence - Silver Spring, MD - Silver Spring, MD
Realtor w/Architectural Dimension, AHWD CRS B-Arch

How great for Tennessee, Connie! It must make you feel really proud to help your clients buy and sell property in the #1 State of the Year! Congratulations, Tennessee!


Jan 23, 2014 03:27 AM #5
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


Once again, I learned something new on AR, and congrats to Tennesse and all the jobs that are being provided.  A

Jan 23, 2014 03:31 AM #6
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Joanna - I moved here twice on purpose! Love it here. Not too crazy about the cold we're having but that's everywhere right now.

Joe - Our governors and local mayors are really working hard to bring jobs and new companies to Tennessee.

Tom - Nissan is expanding their factory again, is my understanding.

Kathy - Volkswagos, Nissans and maybe some GMs again soon!

Emcee - It's a pretty big deal. LOL

Alexandra - It was new to me too until I saw it in the paper!

Jan 23, 2014 03:46 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Connie - yes tennessee is a great destination.  I love visiting there and it is great to build business there

Jan 23, 2014 04:39 AM #8
Scott Larson
BHHS/Utah Properties - Park City, UT
Park City, Utah Real Estate News

Congrats to Tennessee, that is a great accomplishment and twice in the last 6 years, shows all the great strides your state is making.

Jan 23, 2014 08:07 AM #9
Conrad Allen
Re/Max Professional Associates - Webster, MA
Webster, Ma, Realtor

Wow Connie.  Very impressive.  Congratulations Tennessee.

Jan 23, 2014 07:48 PM #10
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

Wait a Go Tennessee. I know Clarksville had a lot to do with that with the new Hankook Tire Plant coming our way.

Jan 24, 2014 01:41 AM #11
Connie Harvey
Pilkerton Realtors - Brentwood, TN
Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate

Grant - I moved here on purpose. Twice. Love it here and am always delighted when we get great articles about living here.

Scott - We have had a run of excellent politicians lately. Our last mayor became governor and he did a great job. Both mayor and current governor are both very good.

Conrad - Thank you.

Debbie - You're absolutely right! Clarksville is starting to really make its own name!

Jan 24, 2014 05:03 AM #12
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