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Roane Alliance 2018 Annual Report

{Pam May – Interim President & CEO, The Roane Alliance}

Much of the work the Alliance does is behind the scenes or promoted outside the county, making it a challenge for residents to really know what the Alliance does or who we are. Each year the Alliance publishes an annual report, providing a snapshot of the prior year’s projects and accomplishments. In addition, this year’s report also provides details about the Alliance and its staff and how the team works to increase economic prosperity for Roane County and its residents.

The report is now available online at RoaneAlliance.org/report or for a copy call 865.376.2093

Here are just a few of the highlights from the report:

  • Roane County had the lowest unemployment since 2004, and within 0.1% of the national average;
  • There were 383 jobs grown in our industries, providing one of the largest net job growths in over a decade;
  • 143 Roane County graduates became Tennessee Scholars – a new record;
  • Every middle school teacher in Roane visited five participating industries through the Educators in the Workplace program, and not only a first for Roane but also for the state
  • Roane was awarded the Seal of Approval from the American Association of Retirement Communities (AARC);
  • Visitors spent $69.82M in Roane County, an increase of $2.33M over the previous year;
  • Chamber event attendance increased by 59%, with more than 1,500 Chamber members and customers coming out in support of other members;
  • Expansion and remodel of the K-25 Overlook – to be open very soon;
  • Watts Bar Lake was featured on Fox 43’s Knoxville Weekend and in a full-page editorial in Travel South Magazine;
  • Bradbury Community Club and the John Muir Fest were featured in Ohio Magazine; while
  • 1,474 social media posts promoted events and attractions throughout the year.

Roane County Awarded AARC Seal of Approval – Dec 2018

{Pam May – Interim President & CEO, Roane Alliance}

Roane County was awarded the Seal of Approval from the American Association of Retirement Communities (AARC) during their recent conference. Pam May, Interim President of the Roane Alliance, attended the conference to accept the award and to learn from the nation’s leading organization on attracting retirees.

“Roane County has the lifestyle that many retirees are looking for, which is one of the reasons we received this recognition, but we also are recognized because of our efforts through the Alliance’s Retire Roane program,” said May. “We work closely with the state through the Retire Tennessee program to share advertising in key retiree markets like Illinois and New York and are seeing an influx of retirees from those states, as well as others.”

“The award is presented annually to recipients that demonstrate a strong commitment to making their community a top destination through lifestyle programming, amenity development, communication, and education,” said AARC chairperson Rachel Baker. “Roane County has shown they are committed to working to attract retirees.”

“The Soak in Roane Campaign remains very successful, so we are looking to do the same type of campaign for Retire Roane, taking our retiree recruiting efforts to the next level,” said May. “By summer we should see an increase not only in inquiries from retirees but also from visitor spending since they are visitors before they are residents.” RetireRoane.com

Visitors Spend Millions in Roane – Nov 2018

{Pam May – Interim President & CEO, Roane Alliance}

Visitors spent $69.82M in Roane County in 2017, based on the latest numbers from the U.S. Travel Association and the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. This was an increase of $2.33M over 2016 and one of the largest increases in the past five years. In fact, visitor spending has increased by $7.63M just in the last four years, which is almost double the prior four years that only saw an increase of $2.75M.

How does this affect our residents? Every Roane County household would have had to pay $353 more in taxes last year without the $7.89M generated by visitors who spent money in Roane. In addition, 70 new jobs have been created in the hospitality industry since 2013, now totaling 490 jobs.

The state announced this year that tourism is the 2nd largest industry in Tennessee. Roane County has the perfect location, quality of life and assets to benefit more every year. One of the most successful marketing campaigns, Soak in Roane, continues to market Roane like never before, bringing in more events and more visitors. So next time you see an out-of-state license plate or know someone isn’t “from ‘round here” welcome them and encourage them to check out your favorite place to eat or shop because the longer they stay and the more they spend helps every Roane County household save money.

Bigger and Better K-25 Overlook – Oct 2018

{Pam May – Interim President & CEO, The Roane Alliance}

If you have traveled lately on S.R. 58 near the Heritage Center entrance, you probably noticed construction happening at the K-25 Overlook. An expansion is underway to create a nice space where visitors can learn about recreational opportunities in the area, while also learning about the Manhattan Project National Historical Park. Outdoor gathering spaces and restrooms will be included near the overlook. There are also plans for trails on the property that will provide a glimpse into Happy Valley, a boomtown of 15,000 workers building K-25 that existed from 1943 until 1947. Today there is very little evidence of the city that included a school, theatre, bowling alley, post office, and grocery store. Remnants of the town remain on the property – slabs, fire hydrants, and even a car were left behind. The K-25 Overlook and Visitor Center should be back open to the public sometime in October.

Happy Valley

Happy Valley Service Station