The recent announcement of Christensen Yachts move from Florida to Loudon Co, TN and Volkswagen's move just down I-75 are signs of growth to come in Loudon Co. As a Realtor here for almost 25 years I have seen many changes. However, I have never witnessed a more exciting time than now. Most communities have their growing pains and struggles. I would further say most communities are out of balance. By that I mean they are heavily weighted in either farms, housing, commercial or industry. Americans love to drive so the imbalance presented less of a problem in the past but with fuel approaching $4 a gallon more emphasis will be placed on living, working and shopping in the same area. For many years Loudon Co. struggled with a lack of supply of housing and apartments. We have struggled with a lack of industrial land. We have struggled with a lack of land dedicated for Commercial Development. In 1985 Cooper Communities came to town and their success here is unparalled. Their sucess has brought forth more housing developments, golf course and lakefront communities. Apartment Complexes are planned there is more opportunity hold a Loudon Co. address than ever before. But to be a truly successful community you must have a balance. Though years of effort by Pat Phillips with the Loudon Co. EDA and others we have industrial sites ready for job growth. In past years it was no small feat to locate here and many industries could not wait a year or more to start construction. Likewise on the commercial side we have caught the eye of groups that build retail town complexes not just a few stores. The new commercial growth has the ability to draw national retailers. Many are already planning stores in "The Market at Town Creek" and "Creekwood" Developments. I predict Loudon County will see tremendous growth as the efforts of many come together bringing a balance of jobs, shopping, housing and a wonderful quality of life.