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Economic Development
and Public Health
The Tennessee
RiverLine is a
collaborative effort between UT
Knoxville, and the Tennessee Valley
Authority (TVA), a federally
owned corporation that provides
navigation, flood control, electricity
generation, fertilizer manufacturing
and economic development
to the Tennessee River Valley.
In January 2021, after supporting
the Tennessee RiverLine in many
ways since its inception in 2016,
TVA joined UT Knoxville as principal
partner of the Tennessee RiverLine
by announcing a $1.2 million
commitment to further the Tennessee
RiverLine's regional efforts.
" TVA strives to invest in what we
like to call power partnerships, those
alliances that reflect our 1933 mandate
from Congress to 'make life better
for the people of the Tennessee
Valley,' " says David Bowling, TVA
vice president of gas/hydro operations
and plant integration. " Eightyeight
years ago, when TVA went to
work building dams that made the
Tennessee River navigable, provided
flood control and created electricity,
the dream of a 652-mile regional
trail system would have been unthinkable,
but today, that vision is
coming to fruition. "
This is as much an economic
investment as it is building an impressive
trail system. Collett says
federal investment
in
recreation
assets is important because quality
of living is ultimately a major consideration
for corporations considering
locations for expansion.
For example, the River City Company
in Chattanooga, Tennessee,
suggests that more than $5 billion
in private investment has followed
Chattanooga's public investments
in open space and connected recreation
systems. The quality of life
With a continuous system of paddling, hiking and
biking trails stretching along the route of the 652mile
Tennessee River, the biggest step is building
connections to existing amenities, as well as
investing in new ones along the way.
these investments support also influenced
Volkswagen's decision to
open a major plant in the city. Chattanooga's
downtown is centered
around the Tennessee River, with
the prestigious Tennessee Aquarium
located on the waterfront. Nearby
are more than 50 trailheads, bass
fishing opportunities that draw professional
tournaments year-round,
Ocoee whitewater rafting, and some
of the most visited paddling routes
in the region.
" Businesses seek communities
where they can attract and retain
top talent, and COVID-19 has reminded
us how important access
to the landscape around us is to
our physical, mental and spiritual
health, " says Collett.
Within
the
four
states
touched by the Tennessee River
(Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi
and Kentucky), there are nearly
200 marinas, campgrounds and
riverside resorts. So, like the
nearby Appalachian Trail in the
Great Smoky Mountains, paddlers,
hikers and bikers would have
the opportunity
to spend weeks
traveling the Tennessee River in its
entirety or a day on a highlighted
section.
Equity of Access
Communities thrive when all members
are engaged, and that has been
a focus for the Tennessee RiverLine
in moving forward with its strategic
plan.
In its first few years after forming in
2016, the Tennessee RiverLine team
set to establish a partnership base, develop
an inventory of assets, and help
communities identify needs.
In 2019, the Tennessee Riverhosted
community
Line
input
workshops open to the public within
communities across the region
as part of its Pilot Community Program.
At these meetings, business
owners, city and state officials, and
local residents provided insight to
how they currently experience the
Tennessee River and their aspirations
to improve or expand those
experiences in the future.
This research has helped identify
where there were physical connectivity
gaps along the river, and also
brought light to socioeconomic barriers
to river access and experiences for
different groups within communities.
For example, community research
found that while there's interest in
canoeing and kayaking, this type of
activity isn't always an affordable
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