Economic Development

Chief Economic Development Officer

W. Harold Cannon, Jr., P.E.
[email protected]
(865) 215-2029

400 Main St., Room 655
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Downtown Knoxville at night


Rebekah Jane Justice
Deputy Economic Development Officer & Urban Designer

[email protected]
865-215-3086


The City of Knoxville’s encourages equitable economic development and growth through the strategic use of public resources to leverage quality private investment in our City. 

Through place making, urban planning, growing connectivity, expanded housing, and public amenities unique to Knoxville, we are committed to advancing a vibrant city as a premier location to live, work, play, do business. 

Below are a few key areas of focus:


Baker Creek PreserveIcon for Projects & PlacesSTRATEGIC PROJECTS & PLACES

A strategic approach to projects and places in Knoxville to encourage economic growth, engaged residents, and thriving businesses.

• Pivotal community initiatives with long-lasting impacts such as: Multi-Use Stadium and  Urban Wilderness

• Place-based infrastructure along our urban corridors to support future development such as: South Waterfront Redevelopment Area and Cumberland Avenue Streetscape and Infrastructure

• Learn more about strategic projects and places





One River WalkIcon for PartnershipsPUBLIC-PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS

Create public-private partnerships that are future directed.

• Coordinate development incentives such as PILOTs, TIFs, and Grant Programs

• Investments to collaborate and support infrastructure improvements that complement infill and redevelopment





Market SquareIcon for Sustainable GrowthSUSTAINABLE GROWTH

Partnerships that inspire thoughtful, sustainable growth while maintaining Knoxville’s culture and charm.


• Partner with the Knoxville Chamber for regional economic development

• Coordinate with Knoxville-Knox County Planning to advance the City’s land use plans and goals ensuring thoughtful investment

• Partner with KCDC and City IDB on redevelopment and infrastructure projects to advance communities