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Thursday, October 25, 2007

Kingsport-Bristol ranks 13th in High Tech

I don't guess I'll ever get used to seeing Kingsport-Bristol listed as a "large metro" and compared to places like New York City, L.A. and San Francisco! Here's the latest "best places list" where we are mentioned. Pretty impressive when you see we're rated higher than Austin, Research Triangle, Washington, DC, and Huntsville in highly-concentrated high tech industries!The Milliken Institute recently released its 2007 “Best Performing Cities” list of large and small U.S. metropolitan areas.Large metros are >235,000 Small metros are <235,000You might be pleasantly surprised to know that Kingsport-Bristol ranked 13th in number of highly-concentrated high tech industries among large U.S. metros.So, what about the high-tech company Kingsport-Bristol is keeping?

1. Santa Ana, CA
2. San Jose, CA
2. Cambridge, MA
5. Boulder, CO
6. Dallas, TX
10. Palm Bay-Melbourne-Titusville, FL
13. Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA
17. Austin-Round Rock, TX
28. Raleigh-Cary, NC
28. Washington, DC
36. Huntsville, AL
52. Knoxville, TN
52. Atlanta, GA
62. Nashville, TN
62. Greensboro, NC
79. Greenville, SC
115. Charlotte, NC
115. Roanoke, VA
151. Asheville, NC
173. Winston-Salem, NC
173. Spartanburg, SC
173. Memphis, TN
192. Chattanooga, TN

Johnson City, TN ranked #2 of the 179 smallest U.S. metros


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Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.