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Business thrives in Downtown Knoxville. From the information superhighway to physical highways, we’ve got you covered: fiber-optic lines thread throughout the core of the city and three of the country’s major interstates converge at the edge of the city, making Downtown Knoxville a prime business location. Downtown Knoxville and the surrounding area have been highly recognized by national lifestyle and business magazines, including:

  • Forbes magazine, Best Cities for Jobs - ranked #9
  • Forbes magazine, Best Places to Raise a Family - ranked #8
  • Forbes magazine, Best Places for Business & Careers - ranked #5
  • Expansion Management magazine, America's 50 Hottest Cities for Business Relocation & Expansion - ranked #9
  • Places Rated Almanac Millenium Edition,Best Place to Live for cities under 1 million population - ranked #1
  • Sperling's Best Places, Best Places for Affordable Living - ranked #8
  • Inc. magazine, Top Mid-Size City Boom Towns (for Job Growth) - ranked #24

Working Downtown is about more than rankings. It means you, your customers and your business partners have easy access to all the richness Downtown Knoxville has to offer, including a variety of local dining alternatives, after-hours networking venues, and entertainment options. When you work Downtown, it’s like having an extra benefit in your total compensation package.

Plus, we offer a pretty cool environment: historic buildings, breathtaking river and mountain views, the energy of Market Square, and proximity to 42 miles of hiking and biking trails in Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness corridor. Distinctive office space is found in 21st century high-rise towers and quaint, century-old buildings, all located mere steps from events like free movies, a twice-weekly farmers’ market, concerts and festivals. And to round out the picture, we even have convenient and abundant parking. Good things happen when creative people from different industries, backgrounds, and skill sets are in proximity to each other. That’s what drives innovation, and that’s how business gets done. Downtown Knoxville is open for business.

For more information about bringing your business to Downtown Knoxville, a list of possible incentives, a step-by-step guide for opening a business in downtown, etc, contact Michele Hummel

Reference Guide

We've created this quick guide to help you navigate downtown living. Call 3-1-1 Monday through Friday, 7 am to 5 pm for a variety of services, including: 

  • Parking Tickets
  • Garbage Complaints
  • Recycling
  • Street Light Outages
  • Storm Drain Issues
  • Information on City Events (Boomsday, Christmas in the City, Festival on the Fourth)
See the entire list of resources

Facts & Figure Downtown Knoxville Business Market

  • Downtown Apartments Occupancy Downtown Apartments Occupancy
  • Current Employment Population Current Employment Population
  • Residential Property Investment Residential Property Investment
  • Increase in Downtown Residents Increase in Downtown Residents


For a complete guide to parking in downtown Knoxville, visit our comprehensive sister site.

Parking in Downtown Knoxville

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