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2011 Annual Report Details a Banner Year
By: 
Garrett Wagley
Date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2011

During the 2010-11 fiscal year the Knoxville Chamber launched new products and services, aggressively advocated for pro-business policies, pursued new businesses, and helped existing businesses grow. These accomplishments and others were discussed at the Chamber's annual meeting on Oct. 27.

Mitch Steenrod, chairman of the board, delivered an address during which he discussed the Chamber's many awards - including Chamber of the Year, Four-Star Accreditation, Ashleigh Adkins' Gold Lifetime Achievement Award, and Doug Minter's U.S. Small Business Administration Tennessee Minority Small Business Champion of the Year award. He also talked about the organization's accomplishments. Highlights include the launch of Chamber member MD and Chamber Member Rx, introduction of iKnowKnoxville.com, and work on various education and workforce development programs.

Steenrod also outlined some challenges facing the Knoxville area business community. These are the national economy, legal immigration, the continued funding of the Innovation Valley economic development program, threats to Tennessee's recent K-12 education reforms, and land use decisions.

Download the Annual Report here.

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