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Knoxville picked as one of best retirement cities

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Knoxville is one of the best places to retire, according to a new list of the top retirement locales in the country.
Knoxville is ranked No. 7 on the list compiled by the website Livability.com.
The list includes a broad range of cities with Cincinnati ranked No. 1. Rounding out the top five are St. Louis, Baton Rouge, La.; Provo, Utah; and Pittsburgh.
The rankings were based on criteria identified by the website’s survey livability survey conducted by Ipsos Public Affairs.
“We found that health care, housing and cost of living were most important to seniors, followed by transportation, parks, crime and cultural amenities,” accordiong to the website.
Compiling “Best of” lists has become a cottage industry and it seems a new one is published every week. For the most part they are an eye-of-the beholder thing, so if you find some of the cities on this list questionable, you are not alone. Here’s an excerpt from the website’s description of Knoxville. Here’s an excerpt from the website’s description of Knoxville.

“Each season brings new sports to watch, activities to try and natural blessings. Knoxville’s rolling hills, historic architecture and college town vibe create an innovative atmosphere. Located in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, on the Tennessee River and surrounded by seven lakes, the city pops with color during the fall. Outdoor recreation options in Knoxville keep residents on the go. The city scored high in parks, and its residents frequently engage in cultural activities,
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Tennessee slips in ranking of best states for business

Tennessee is the 18th best state for business in 2011, according to CNBC’s annual rankings. That’s down two spots from the 2010 list.

Virginia captured the top spot for the second straight year.

CNBC’s study considers 10 categories: Cost of Doing Business, Workforce, Quality of Life, Economy, Transportation & Infrastructure, Technology & Innovation, Education, Business Friendliness, Access to Capital and Cost of Living.

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Magazine gives Tennessee, Innovation Valley high marks

Tennessee is among the national leaders in automotive manufacturing and alternative energy investments, according to a national economic development magazine.

And the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley is among the leaders in the magazine’s metro rankings.

In the latest issue of Business Facilities magazine, Tennessee is ranked No.1 in the magazine’s 2010 state rankings for Automotive Manufacturing Strength and No. 6 in Alternative Energy Industry Leaders.

Knoxville ranks high in economic potential, cost of living and alternative energy.

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