We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Roane is invested in Retail Recruitment

Roane County, located in East Tennessee and comprised of the communities of Harriman, Kingston, Oak Ridge, Oliver Springs and Rockwood, invites new retail establishments to look at our available locations.     

Poised and prepared for all facets of retail expansion, Roane County's communities, as well as trade areas, have both common and yet distinct advantages for investment.

Roane County is a prime area for retail development. The Roane County area is the sixth largest in Tennessee, and one of the fastest growing in the state. A new full-service hospital is in the center of Roane County's retail hub, immediately adjacent to I-40, which runs 25 miles through Roane County, with nine interchanges, joining I-75 less than five minutes from the county's border.

Roane County has approximately 45,000 vehicles per day, 500 hotel rooms, 30 restaurants and 20 convenience stores, with acreage available to develop big box or smaller retail locations. Roane County is located between Knoxville to the east and Crossville area to the west.


Roane County is growing quickly as Knoxville spreads to the west. Much of that growth is in the semi-retired baby boomer market. This population is responding to the low cost of living (88 on the ACCRA scale) and the boom of higher-end residential development being developed in Roane County. Many of these developments front scenic Watts Bar Lake.

The Preserve at Oak Ridge is a sprawling 1,400-acre development with 2,800 residential units, priced from $130,000 to $500,000. An 800-acre waterfront development for 600 corporate and community condominiums, Ladd Landing (starting at $175,000) also has 400 residential units (starting at $300,000). Grande Vista Bay is a multi-million-dollar gated community with 500-plus, high-end residential units along 10 miles of lakefront, accessed from Exit 350, Pine Ridge Road to U.S. 70.