A Great Place to do Business
The Johnson City Metropolitan Statistical Area was ranked #63 out of 200 on Forbes’ list of “The Best Small Places for Business and Careers, 2016.” More than 7,000 businesses of all sizes are located in Washington County; most of them reside within Johnson City, where a thriving downtown area filled with eclectic restaurants and entertainment venues complements the variety of retail establishments found uptown. Featuring both a highly skilled and educated workforce (88% have a high school diploma or higher, while 30% have a bachelor’s degree or higher) and a low unemployment rate (5.1% as of March 2017), Johnson City is a great place to do business, whether you’re a potential employer or a potential employee.
Organizations like the Chamber of Commerce, Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center offer a wealth of guidance and resources to support area business owners, and since more than half of the U.S. population lives within a day’s drive from the city, Washington County is an excellent location from which to service clients and customers. Plus, with plenty of vacant land and commercial space available for lease or sale, we definitely have a place for you and your business here!
Need another good reason to set up shop here? Mitch Miller, CEO of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, can give you several. “Washington County has tremendous opportunities. We’ve seen so much growth in this region, and we have several great catalysts for business success in Johnson City with a large community presence,” he says. “We’re also seeing a lot of business succeed because of the redevelopment of our downtown.”
With easy access to an extensive railroad network and situated near the Tri-Cities Airport, Johnson City is a prime location for conducting business operations. We share the Eastern Time Zone (UTC -5/-4) with and live within a day’s drive of nearly 50% of the U.S. population, which makes it easier for regional business owners to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate with clients, customers, and suppliers. What’s more, our diverse population is welcoming to all types of businesses, and we have the lowest property taxes in the Tri-Cities.
The Chamber of Commerce – Serving Johnson City, Jonesborough, & Washington County
Supporting Washington County’s growth is the Chamber of Commerce, made up of more than 900 members who work together to cultivate and invigorate the area’s economy. The Chamber serves as a catalyst for improving the overall quality of life in both the community and the region. The Chamber is a partner with governments, organizations, and businesses throughout the Tri-Cities to collectively achieve goals and objectives.
The JC-J-WC Chamber is a 5-star Accredited Chamber by the U.S. Chamber, a benchmark a small percentage of Chambers have achieved. Members actively participate in our four councils to address business issues – Convention & Visitors Bureau, Governmental Relations, Membership Services, and Workforce Education & Industry. The Chamber is an economic engine that engages the membership, brings tourism to the region, and interacts with others for the betterment of all involved.
To find out more about the Chamber, visit www.JohnsonCityTNChamber.com.
Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership
NETREP is a partnership between the public and private sectors that brings together the various economic development efforts taking place within Washington, Unicoi, and Carter Counties. It encompasses the Economic Development Council, which deals with industrial development; the Public Building Authority, which focuses on the development of Millennium Park; and the Johnson City Development Authority (JCDA), which is dedicated to the revival of downtown Johnson City.
The purpose of NETREP is threefold: to advance economic development, create more jobs, and organize more and better opportunities for businesses and business owners to find success here. Advanced software on their website (www.thewcedc.com) provides detailed information about available commercial properties in the area and serves as a user-friendly tool to help businesses find their perfect “home” in Washington County.
The Tri-Cities Airport serves the broader region of Northeast Tennessee, Southwest Virginia, Western North Carolina, and East Kentucky, furnishing nonstop flights to four larger travel hubs in the Southeast (Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, and Tampa/Clearwater-St. Petersburg). The Airport houses Foreign Trade Zone No. 204, giving the Tri-Cities a geographical advantage that applies to both regional and international trade and logistics.
Conveniently located just three miles from Interstate 81, our state-of-the-art, full-service commercial airport offers car rental services, free wi-fi access for travelers, and communication services for those with impaired vision or hearing.
According to one Yelp reviewer, the ease of check-in and minimal lines at the airport “make for a good travel experience.” The reviewer also mentioned the airport’s “great and friendly people,” stating that all the staff had smiles. That’s what the Tri-Cities Airport is all about: making travelers feel welcome and appreciated when they enter our region, whether they plan to stay or are just making a stop between flights.
One regional economic development endeavor is Aerospace Park, a fully developed, shovel-ready building site certified by the State of Tennessee. As a Select Tennessee Certified Site, Aerospace Park has been thoroughly vetted to ensure that it is shovel-ready for immediate development. All of the guesswork has been eliminated so that an aerospace company can rest assured that all utilities are in place, and no environmental or ownership dispute issues will arise to impede construction. To learn more, please visit www.triflight.com.