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Mark Emkes to speak at Knoxville Economics Forum

State and national fiscal policies will be the topic when Mark Emkes, Tennessee’s chief operating officer, speaks at the Knoxville Economics Forum meeting next week

Emkes, state commissioner of finance and administration, is expected to talk about the state fiscal situation and implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

The forum meets Feb. 7 at 7:30 a.m. at Club LeConte on the top floor of the First Tennessee Building, 800 S. Gay St..

Emkes oversees all of state government’s budgeting and finance operations. He previously spent 33 years with the Bridgestone Firestone Corp., retiring as chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Americas Holding Inc.

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Knoxville economy 15th on metro recovery index

Knoxville’s economy continues to recover faster than most other metropolitan areas across the country, despite slipping slightly in the latest Brookings Institution rankings released today.

Metropolitan Knoxville’s recovery performance ranks 15th on Brookings’ most recent MetroMonitor index of economic recovery – down from 12th in the previous quarterly index.

The MetroMonitor report ranks the pace of recovery in the 100 largest metro economies based on job creation, unemployment rate, metro economic output and housing prices.

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Globe-trotting Gov headed to Germany, Spain

Gov. Phil Bredesen continues to travel the world looking for jobs and economic development opportunities. The gov said today he and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber will be in Germany and Spain June 13-19.

While in Germany, they will meet with VW officials and potential VW suppliers who may want to build plants in Tennessee. In Spain they will be meet with “senior government officials from the Spanish state of Catalonia and from the Spanish Energy Ministry,” according to a press release.

“Tennessee has developed a strong reputation in the development of solar and other renewable technologies,” Kisber said in a statement. “The Pew Center for the States has called Tennessee ‘one of the three fastest growing states in the U.S.’ for clean energy jobs and we want Spanish companies to know that if they plan to enter the growing American clean energy market, Tennessee is the best place to locate.”

The governor is staying busy during his last few months in office. Last month he led a delegation to China for the Shanghai World Expo with  stops in Hong Kong and Vietnam.

“Vietnam is a very rapidly developing market. That’s actually going to be something for the next governor to consider, if they want to pursue it,” Bredesen told Tennessee Report

What’s up with Knoxville’s biz recruitment effort?

Site Selection Magazine released this week its rankings of the states and cities with the best economic development efforts in 2009.

Knoxville was nowhere to be found.

Tennessee, on the other hand, ranked No. 5 among the states and Memphis and Morristown were both in the Top Ten in their respective categories.

What’s up with that? Has Knoxville’s business recruiting effort fallen on hard times?

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