Building a Stronger Knoxville Region

Scenario: To serve as a catalyst for dialogue and action among stakeholders in the eight-county Knoxville region, the Metropolitan Planning Council and Regional Transportation Planning Organization determine a common source of data and analysis on the region’s critical topics – economics, workforce, health, housing, neighborhoods and quality of life – is essential.


  1. No single, central source for the region’s economic and quality of life data exists
  2. The lack of information on socioeconomic health and trends hampers regional conversations involving citizens, nonprofits, foundations and/or local governments on issues of shared concern

What CGR Delivered

Expert data collection and analytical support, encompassing:          

  • Selection of nearly 90 targeted community data indicators tracking economic well-being and regional quality of life
  • Online organization and presentation of data at the regional, county and community level to enable more focused analysis
  • Analysis of trends in regional and community demographics, economics / workforce, education, environment / agriculture, financial well-being, health, housing / neighborhoods, quality of life and transportation
  • Launch of a web portal to serve as regional platform for monitoring long-term outcomes associated with “Plan East Tennessee” effort

Result and Impact

  • Go to:
  • The impact of the new site:
    • informing community stakeholders
    • spurring discussion and collaboration
    • serving as foundation from which to launch projects designed to improve quality of life in the region