Tri-State Regional Workforce Alliance
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Tri-State Regional Workforce Alliance National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC)
Stephen Dunn
Regional Project Manager
Southeast Tennessee Development District
(423) 643-2320
sdunn@sedev.org
Tri-State Regional Workforce Alliance
Dr. Domenico Parisi
Professor and Director
National Strategic Planning & Analysis Research Center (nSPARC)
(662) 325-9242
nsparc@nsparc.msstate.edu
nSPARC
TRI-STATE REGIONAL PROFILE
The economy of a region relies on job opportunities across all industries in the region. Industries in a region can be classified into three general types of sectors: (1) geographically bounded, (2) geographically unbounded, and (3) emerging. Geographically bounded sectors include unique industries that give the region its own "economic fingerprint." Geographically bounded industries are common and typical to other areas and, therefore, are not directly linked to the region in a geographic sense. Emerging industries include new and expanding businesses in the region.

REGIONAL PROFILE :: REGIONALLY BOUNDED SECTORS
For the Tri-State Regional Workforce Alliance, the geographically bounded sectors or the economic fingerprint industries include three sectors. The first is Transportation Product & Delivery, which is the main sector that defines the geographic boundaries and economic identity of the region. Two other sectors contribute to the economic fingerprint of the region: (1) Fabric Product Manufacturing and (2) Specialized Economies (which includes food, furniture, chemical, machinery, and plastics and rubber manufacturing). These three sectors make up the unique economic identity of the region and account for 18 percent of all jobs in the region, which is double the national average.


The bottom-left map shows the concentration of transportation product and delivery jobs in all 30 Tri-State Region counties. High presence (orange) means that more than 10 percent of the county's jobs are in transportation product and delivery; moderate presence (light green) between 5 and 10 percent; and low presence (light blue) less than 5 percent.
Sector 1: Transportation Product & Delivery
  • Transportation & Warehousing
  • Transportation Equipment Manufacturing
  • Primary Metal Manufacturing
  • Fabricated Metal Product Manufacturing

The bottom-left map shows the concentration of fabric product manufacturing jobs in all 30 Tri-State Region counties. Fabric product manufacturing jobs make up more than 5 percent of the jobs in yellow counties. They make up less than 5 percent of the jobs in blue counties.
Sector 2: Fabric Product Manufacturing
  • Textile Mills
  • Textile Product Mills
  • Apparel Manufacturing

The bottom-left map shows the concentration of specialized economy (manufacturing) jobs in eight Tri-State Region counties. Specialized economy jobs make up five percent or more of the jobs in counties with colored stripes. Two counties (striped orange and yellow) have five percent or more of their jobs in two types of specialized economy jobs.
Sector 3: Specialized Economies
  • Food Manufacturing
  • Furniture Manufacturing
  • Chemical Manufacturing
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Plastics & Rubber Manufacturing

The map below shows the concentration of jobs from the three sectors in all 30 Tri-State Region counties. Every county has its own concentration of transportation product and delivery (Sector 1) jobs, even yellow counties or those with colored stripes.

As the map indicates, many Tri-State Region counties have jobs concentrated in the other two sectors. For yellow counties, fabric product manufacturing (Sector 2) jobs make up more than 5 percent of each county's jobs. For counties with colored stripes, specialized economy (Sector 3) jobs make up 5 percent or more of each county's jobs.

The significance of these three sectors is illustrated in the accompanying chart. Eighteen percent of the Tri-State Region's jobs are concentrated in the three sectors, which is double the national trend (9 percent).



REGIONAL PROFILE :: REGIONALLY UNBOUNDED SECTORS
Other sectors are ubiquitous regardless of geographic boundaries set by the region's unique economic identity. Prevalent in nearly every region across the nation, these sectors often provide large numbers of jobs and supporting economies: Construction; Leisure & Hospitality; Health Services; Professional & Business Services; Finance, Insurance, Real Estate (FIRE) & Information; Extractive Industries; and Other Services.


The bottom-left map shows the concentration of construction jobs in all 30 Tri-State Region counties. High presence (orange) means that more than 10 percent of the county's jobs are in construction; moderate presence (light green) between 5 and 10 percent; and low presence (light blue) less than 5 percent.
Sector A: Construction
  • Construction

The bottom-left map shows the concentration of leisure and hospitality jobs in all 30 Tri-State Region counties. Leisure and hospitality jobs make up more than 5 percent of the jobs in orange counties. They make up less than 5 percent of the jobs in light blue counties.
Sector B: Leisure & Hospitality
  • Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation
  • Accommodation & Food Services

The bottom-left map shows the concentration of health services jobs in all 30 Tri-State Region counties. High presence (orange) means that more than 10 percent of the county's jobs are in health services; moderate presence (light green) between 5 and 10 percent; and low presence (light blue) less than 5 percent.
Sector C: Health Services
  • Healthcare & Social Assistance

The bottom-left map shows the concentration of professional and business services jobs in all 30 Tri-State Region counties. High presence (orange) means that more than 10 percent of the county's jobs are in professional and business services; moderate presence (light green) between 5 and 10 percent; and low presence (light blue) less than 5 percent.
Sector D: Professional & Business Services
  • Professional & Technical Services
  • Management of Companies & Enterprises
  • Administrative & Waste Services

The bottom-left map shows the concentration of finance, information, and real estate jobs in all 30 Tri-State Region counties. High presence (orange) means that more than 10 percent of the county's jobs are in finance, information, and real estate; moderate presence (light green) between 5 and 10 percent; and low presence (light blue) less than 5 percent.
Sector E: Finance, Information & Real Estate
  • Finance & Insurance
  • Information
  • Real Estate & Rental & Leasing

The bottom-left map shows the concentration of extractive industry jobs in all 30 Tri-State Region counties. High presence (orange) means that more than 10 percent of the county's jobs are in extractive industry; moderate presence (light green) between 5 and 10 percent; and low presence (light blue) less than 5 percent.
Sector F: Extractive Industries
  • Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting
  • Mining

The bottom-left map shows the concentration of other services jobs in all 30 Tri-State Region counties. Other services jobs make up more than 20 percent of the jobs in orange counties. They make up less than 20 percent of the jobs in light blue counties.
Sector G: Other Services
  • Utilities
  • Wholesale Trade
  • Retail Trade
  • Educational Services
  • Other Services, Except Public Administration



REGIONAL PROFILE :: EMERGING SECTORS
Many new jobs will come from new and expanding businesses. For example, Volkswagen alone projects approximately 2,000 new hires. It is also projected that Volkswagen's presence in the region will attract similar industries and affect other service industries, resulting in an additional 8,000 jobs. Emerging sectors currently account for more than 4,500 jobs in the region and are expected to have a net growth of 14,000 jobs.

Emerging Sectors
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Volkswagen
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The introduction of Volkswagen is expected to have lasting economic impact on the Chattanooga area. The company's $1 billion investment is predicted to translate into $511 million annual personal income growth and $1.4 billion in total new tax revenue. The plant is also expected to generate $12 billion in income growth and an additional 9,500 jobs. The plant will be located in Chattanooga's Enterprise South Industrial Park. Production is expected to begin in early 2011, and the plant started accepting applications for production positions in October 2009. Local contractors have also benefitted from the new plant by landing construction contracts for various components of the plant.
Southern Tool Steel
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In April 2010, Southern Tool Steel, a distributor of metals and plastics located in Chattanooga, announced plans to expand its operation through a $1.7 million investment. The expansion, which has been fueled by the opening of the Volkswagen plant, is expected to double production and create 25 jobs and as many as 45 jobs over the next three to five years.
Watts Bar Nuclear Plant II
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Construction on the Watts Bar II nuclear power plant was suspended in 1988, but it resumed in 2007 and is expected to be completed in 2013. It is owned and operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority and is located 50 miles northeast of Chattanooga. Its output is 1,200 MW, and it will serve 650,000 homes in the Tennessee Valley area.
Genera Energy
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In January 2010, Genera Energy announced the opening of an ethanol demonstration plant in Vonore, Tennessee. The opening of this plant was made possible through a partnership between Genera Energy, the University of Tennessee, and DuPont Danisco Cellulosic Ethanol. The plant is an investment of more than $50 million and currently staffs 20 full-time employees.
Wacker Chemie AG
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In February 2009, Wacker Chemie AG purchased land in Bradley County, Tennessee. The German company specializes in the manufacturing of hyper-pure polycrystalline silicon, an element used in solar-related products. The initial investment topped $1 billion, and it is predicted that the company will bring more than 500 new jobs to the area. The State of Tennessee offered Wacker Chemie AG an incentive package that included tax credits and help with job training. Construction has yet to start but is predicted to last between two and three years.
Alstom
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With an investment of more than $280 million, Alstom Power Turbomachines LLC is opening a new steam and gas turbine engineering and manufacturing facility in Chattanooga. The expansion is expected to add more than 350 jobs. Alstom already employs more than 600 workers in Chattanooga and more than 1,200 in Tennessee. The new facility will be the largest of its kind in the world. One of the plant's chief products is the Arabelle steam turbine, also the largest of its kind in operation. Chattanooga was chosen for this expansion due to its location, which provides access to 80 percent of existing or planned nuclear power plants in the Tennessee River area. Chattanooga's location on the Tennessee River was also seen as attractive in terms of the company's ability to ship some of its heavier products.
Gestamp
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In June 2009, the Gestamp Corporation announced plans to build a new facility in Chattanooga's Enterprise South Industrial Park. Gestamp will supply structural components for the production of Volkswagen's new mid-sized sedan. This facility is a $90 million investment expected to generate at least 230 jobs over the next three years.
IVC Group Inc.
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In 2009, Belgian flooring manufacturer IVC Group Inc. announced the opening of a new facility in Dalton, Georgia, the company's first plant in the United States. IVC's initial investment of $70 million is expected to create 115 jobs in its first three years of operation in Whitfield County.
Bentley Dye Service Inc.
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In September 2008, wool supplier Bentley Dye Service Inc. announced plans to build a polyester mill in Calhoun, Georgia. The expansion will take place in two stages. Each stage will create 75 jobs, with a total potential investment of $50 million.
Bellefonte Nuclear Facility
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IIn May 2010, Tennessee Valley Authority issued its final environmental impact assessment recommending that TVA be allowed to complete the Unit 1 reactor at the Bellefonte Nuclear Facilityin Jackson County, Alabama. If approved, the plant expects to employ more than 400 permanent workers.
TVA Nuclear Training Center
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Announced in April 2010, this center will train between 2,000 and 5,000 employees each year at a facility located in Hollywood, Alabama. The center will also staff approximately 50 current TVA employees to assist with training programs. The volume of employees participating in the training programs is expected to provide a boost to local businesses.
AP Plasman
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In April 2010, AP Plasman, a Canadian-based automotive supplier, announced that it will open its first U.S. plant in Fort Payne, Alabama. Production is set to begin in 2011, and the plant will employ 200 people initially and 350 by 2014. The plant will produce plastic injection molding, painting, and assembly of automotive exterior parts. The total investment by the company is between $12 million and $16 million.
Bakaert
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In April 2010, Belgium-based Bakaert announced an expansion that would add 11 jobs. Bakaert, located in Rome, Georgia, manufactures bead wire for tires.
Temple Inland
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In April 2010, Temple Inland, a paper and saw mill located in Floyd County, Georgia, announced an expansion that will create 13 jobs.
Southeastern Mills
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In April 2010, Southeastern Mills, a producer and supplier of food products in Rome, Georgia, announced plans to expand its operation through the purchase of a new facility. With a total investment of $14.9 million, the company will add 25 jobs by 2013 after adding almost 30 jobs over the last two years.

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