Regional Profile

The Northeast Tennessee Valley Regional Industrial Development Association (NETVRIDA) covers 13 counties, 10 in Northeast Tennessee, and 3 in Southwest Virginia. The region is strategically located with access to three major Interstates: I-26, I-40 and I-81 and is within a day's drive of 70 percent of the U.S. markets.  Containing a total population of over 791,000, the area has a healthy inventory of industrial parks, sites and buildings to fit the needs of business prospects. 

The business hub of the region is centered around the eight-county Tri-Cities TN-VA Consolidated Statistical Area and the cities of Johnson City, Kingsport and Bristol.  Home to Eastman Chemical Company, a Fortune 500 corporate headquarters, the Tri-Cities is internationally known for high quality products and corporate innovation.  In addition to a strong manufacturing employment base, health care and education are important core sectors for the Tri-Cities.

To the west of the Tri-Cities located along the Interstate 81 corridor are Greene, Hamblen, and Jefferson Counties, combining to form a second major manufacturing center in the region.  Approximately 25% of the workforce in Hamblen County is employed in manufacturing.   Supported by a pro-business environment and providing considerable attention to existing industries, the NETVRIDA region has much to offer prospective companies. 

Watauga Lake - Cherokee National Forest

 View of Watauga Lake - Cherokee National Forest

Visitors to the Northeast Tennessee Valley region are often surprised by the richness of its natural resources. Blessed with mild seasons and natural beauty, within 30 minutes from working in an urban setting one can be hiking or biking up to a mountain vista or boating on a pristine lake, such as Watauga Lake, which is entirely surrounded by the 655,598 acre Cherokee National Forest. Roan Mountain State Park in Carter County is among the prettiest places in America – it has the world’s largest springtime rhododendron bloom along with stunning views that attract photographers from around the world.  In addition, the 2,200 mile Appalachian Trail runs through the region including its highest elevation. The region's national parks and forests provide two million acres of protected nature in the Southern Appalachian mountains and foothills. Friends and family who love the outdoors will enjoy life here!