2023 Breakfast Speaker Series: Infrastructure Impacts Panel
The chamber's Breakfast Speaker Series events provide an opportunity for businesses and the public to hear from speakers on specific topics or issues that are of importance to them, their business, and our community. Members receive discounted pricing as a benefit of membership. Attendees from the community are always welcome.
"Infrastructure literally supports communities, creates jobs, builds businesses, and fosters trade while being a vehicle from which other economic activity flourishes in addition to providing basic human services." (Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University, 2022).
Farragut and the greater West Knox/Knox County region have seen significant increases to the impact on our infrastructure in the past few years, specifically to the transportation sector. Knox County maintains 2,000+ miles of roadway, the Town of Farragut is tasked with maintaining 150 miles, and TDOT maintains interstates and state routes like Kingston Pike.
Amid the increases to overall transportation infrastructure impact, the "centers" of our area have shifted with the last decade of population growth. A 2022 Knoxville/Knox County Planning study showed that while population grew across the entire county, the southwest corner (including Farragut / Concord) saw a 104.3% increase, while the northwest corner (Hardin Valley / Solway) grew 86.5%.
Join us for an informative panel discussing recent impacts to our area's transportation infrastructure, current and upcoming changes, and why businesses need to stay informed.
- Steve Borden, TDOT, Director - Region 1
- Mayor Glenn Jacobs, Knox County
- Mayor Ron Williams, Town of Farragut
- Jim Snowden P.E., Knox County, Senior Director - Public Works & Engineering