We plan and implement strategies for the controlled growth of Roane County’s economy as a unified voice representing the best Tennessee has to offer businesses, citizens and travelers.

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We bring growth-oriented businesses with strong fiscal discipline, infrastructure and workforce-ready people to East Tennessee.

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We attract travelers who seek unique heritage and the best outdoor recreational experiences to Roane County.

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We connect leaders and organizations for the benefit of local and regional business growth.

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We empower leaders, parents and students to invest in education, so they are better prepared to fulfill the workforce opportunities of Roane County’s future.

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We offer natural beauty, historic charm and low-cost living, distinguishing Roane County as one of the best retirement destinations in the nation.

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Roane Alliance

Workforce Development Council (WDC)

Tennessee’s Workforce Development Council (WDC) provides leadership and guidance to Tennessee’s Workforce Development System. Our vision is to increase the competitive position of Tennessee businesses and attract new businesses through the development of a highly skilled workforce.

The WDC works to connect businesses with educators in order to help meet workforce needs and prepare our future workforce. We meet frequently with local businesses, then with the businesses along with educators and students. The WDC also meets to keep in stride with the Roane County Schools’ Career and Technical Education program and Work-Based Learning through visits and roundtables.

Roane County offers a diverse, willing, and available workforce, ranging from the Oak Ridge area of Roane County, where there are more PhDs per square mile than anywhere else in the country (along with the technical, scientific and research support staff to go with it), to the traditional blue-collar skilled labor pool from the traditional industrial activity located throughout the rest of the county.

We offer an atypically wide range of educational and occupational training institutions, providing robust options of workforce training opportunities for all types of commerce and industry. For example, Roane State Community College graduated more technical workers than other community colleges in the country last year.