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Knoxville Regional
Transportation Planning Organization

400 Main St, Suite 403
Knoxville, TN 37902

phone: (865) 215-2500
fax: (865) 215-2068

Regional Outreach Series 1:  Strengths and Challenges

Meeting in a Box

Outreach Series 1 Meeting in Box focused on the strengths and challenges of the East Tennessee Region and on specific community the participants reside in. Over 200 people from 20 organizations participated in this first round of input gathering via a Meeting in Box.

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Regional Outreach Series 1 Meeting in a Box Results

Meeting Code: RFS1-JDL-0206-A
Meeting Date: 2/6/2012
Host: Blount County Chamber Partnership
Group: Table 2
Participants: 6
Community Strengths:
  1. Natural beauty (i.e., lakes and mountains); Gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  
  2. Education system. 
  3. Cultural diversity (i.e., Clayton Center, athletics, outdoor recreation facilities); Strong diverse economy; Personality and friendliness of people in the area; Small town feel but big city opportunities; A diverse population.  
Regional Strengths:
  1. Cultural diversity; Diverse cultural opportunities (i.e., Clayton Center, lakes/fishing); History of area.  
  2. Mountains, state and national parks; Natural Beauty.  
  3. Location of area within 500 miles of half the country; Transportation availability which can be expanded; Diverse job opportunities.  
Community Challenges:
  1. Traffic of Alcoa Highway – safety;  Road system and infrastructure improvement; Increase funding for roads and infrastructure.
  2. Smart growth in gateway to Great Smoky Mountains National Park – no Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge - yes Townsend; Stricter zoning regulations. 
  3. Property housekeeping – junk; Better litter control; Protect our rural landscape. 
  4. Ideas to improve school system expenses; Increase funding of public education; Improve our public school systems.
Regional Challenges:
  1. Transportation (i.e. rail, public, vehicular, etc.); Infrastructure not keeping up with growth (i.e. utilities, schools, road maintenance).  
  2. Environmental (land, water, air) and healthy environment. 
  3. Planning does not always incorporate the beautification aspect; Continue to work as a unit at all levels of government/increase area planning. 
  4. Education system.  

Changed at: 3/9/2012 2:19 PM Changed by: Liz Albertson
Created at: 3/5/2012 12:48 PM Created by: Liz Albertson
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