Sep 19 2015

Does Blount County really want to be an extension of Oak Ridge? Lamar Alexander thinks so, but only mentions Blount County in reference to jobs already in the works.

“I can think of no better calling card for a job recruiter than to be able to go anywhere in the world and say, ‘I’m from the Oak Ridge Corridor,'” the Tennessee Republican said in a press release after speaking to Rotary members at the Rotary Club of Oak Ridge. “In Anderson, Roane, and Knox counties, more than 40,000 people have graduate or professional degrees.

Alexander failed to mention Blount County in the quote. Pellissippi Parkway doesn't go into Anderson County.

In my road travels I see quite a few technology corridors in different states and I wonder how the designations get assigned. People today barely recognize the reference to Oak Ridge. As if the road name change will bring more jobs. It's all BS, IMHO.

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