Economic Equity and Inclusion

The mission of the Knoxville Chamber is to drive regional economic prosperity for every person. We are committed to building an inclusive economic ecosystem that provides equitable opportunities for people of all backgrounds and experiences. We understand this will not be achieved easily nor quickly, but that doesn’t lessen our resolve, in partnership with our community, to make it a reality.

This goal is embedded in our five-year strategic vision, Path to Prosperity, and work on initiatives aligned with that vision is underway, including:

Business Climate

The 2020 Agenda for Economic Prosperity, an annual statement of principles approved by the organization’s board of directors, commits to the following positions in regard to local, state and federal legislation:

  • Support efforts to preserve Tennessee’s reputation as a welcoming state by opposing discriminatory legislation that hinders its reputation and negatively impacts the economy, jobs and the ability to attract talent.
  • Support a comprehensive solution to address the United States’ immigration system and ensure that it protects our borders, provides a pathway toward earned citizenship and allows the United States to attract and keep the world’s most talented workforce.

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Entrepreneurship / Small Business

The Knoxville Chamber is actively engaged with 100Knoxville, an initiative aimed at growing local, black-owned businesses by $10 million in five years.

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Infrastructure

The eKnox task force is working to create more options toward the goal of achieving 100 percent broadband connectivity for every household in the Knoxville metropolitan statistical area (MSA). Currently, the task force has focused on developing an emergency Internet access plan for every student in Knox County in preparation for virtual learning expectations during the 2020-21 school year.

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Talent

The Talent Retention and Attraction Task Force has been charged with engaging community partners and professionals to build an inclusive talent pipeline that offers equitable economic opportunities for all people in our region. If you are interested in participating in the task force or have information to share, contact Lauren Longmire

Community Resources

Bridge Refugee Services

Work to ensure refugees resettled in East Tennessee will find a secure path towards self-sufficiency and fulfill their American dreams within a supportive community.

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Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

The leading resource for East Tennessee’s Latino community committed to helping every Latino and Latina in East Tennessee thrive culturally, educationally and economically.

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Knox Pride

Promoting inclusion and equality for the LGBTQ+ citizens of Knoxville.

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The Knoxville Area Urban League

A civil rights, economic development and social service organization, that promotes equal employment opportunities for African-Americans in Knoxville and the surrounding region.

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YWCA Knoxville

Dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all.

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