“...to serve as a catalyst to reach our
God-given potential as a community.”

Community Research Findings

Our 2012 Greater Knoxville Community Research project indicates that the Greater Knoxville Community has a unique and outstanding opportunity that combines the best of both worlds— to be both a great place to build a career and a great place to raise a family. Few places in America have the potential we have to achieve that vision. But we need to align our leadership and resources behind a common vision and plan. The research indicates that the most important current strategic themes and priorities of such a plan should be:

Educational Excellence

Globally competitive schools – Ensure that our schools are globally competitive.

UT as Top 25 – Transform the Univeristy of Tennessee into a Top 25 public research university.

Vigorous vocational campus – Create a vigorous vocational campus coordinated by Pellissippi State Community College

Economic Vitality

Clean Energy Capital – Claim and realize the potential of becoming a "Clean Energy Capital of America."

Media production and radiological science clusters – Fully develop these two additional economic development clusters.

Entrepreneurship – Become the best place in America to start and build a business.

Civic Vitality

Outdoor Knoxville – Position Knoxville as a hub for regional outdoor adventure travel.

Creative community – Broaden the base of support for arts, culture, entertainment, and the whole creative community.

Downtown→Out – Build on the downtown development momentum to transform the Heart of Knoxville.

Powerpoint Greater Knoxville Community Research - January 2008 (24Mb)
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Cornerstone Foundation of Knoxville
625 Market St.
Suite 1200
Knoxville, TN 37902-2219
Telephone: 865-637-1912
Fax: 865-546-5199

J. Laurens Tullock, President
E-mail: ltullock@cornerstoneofknoxville.org

Jackie M. Slagle, Administrative Assistant
E-mail: jmslagle@cornerstoneofknoxville.org

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