Innovation is the foundation of East Tennessee. Inventors, scientists, entrepreneurs, and creatives have long been part of our cultural DNA. The 865 is a national leader in media, manufacturing, and more.

“It’s a great place to start a business, and a great place to start specific kinds of businesses. I believe Knoxville will be home to one of the great manufacturing hubs of America in the next 10 years.”

Jay Rogers founder and CEO, Local Motors


  • Content creators like well-known brands Food Network, HGTV, and Travel Channel, as well as burgeoning brands like Sparetime Entertainment and Maria Antoinette
  • Dozens of video production companies
  • Regal Entertainment Group – the world’s largest movie theater chain
  • A globally recognized concert lighting company – Bandit Lites
  • AC Entertainment, founders of The Big Ears Festival and Bonnaroo
  • The world’s first 3D printed car was printed here
  • The country’s largest 3D printing facility
  • Clayton Homes (a Berkshire Hathaway company) – which is responsible for 8% of the US housing market
  • Pilot Flying J – the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas
  • The PET Scanner was invented here and sold to Siemens for $1B
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory – a leading research and development laboratory
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville – the state’s flagship university and a leading research institution

“Start the day paddling on the Tennessee River. Head to work and hustle to grow sales in the morning. Grab lunch with a friend at Tomato Head on Market Square downtown. Do a session on product design and market strategy in the afternoon. And then take a run on the Appalachian Trail in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Finish the day with classic Tennessee barbecue. Is there any better place to build a company than in Knoxville?”

Brandon Bruce COO and Co-founder, Cirrus Insight

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