About the Region
The Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership (GCEP) region is a 16-county, three-state area surrounding Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The region’s $32.6 billion economy includes these major industries: advanced manufacturing, automotive production, health services, textile production, transportation and logistics services and food and beverage production.
The region features 19 colleges and universities as well as a highly developed logistics infrastructure, access to abundant fresh water, low-cost utilities and a deep pool of skilled workers.
With ready-to-use infrastructure for road, rail, air and barge shipping, the area provides easy access to major metropolitan markets in the Southeast, Midwest and Middle Atlantic, as well as seaports on both the Gulf Coast and Atlantic Ocean. The Appalachian Regional Inland Port being developed in Murray County, Georgia, links the region to the Port of Savannah, the second busiest port on the East Coast. The intermodal facility can transfer 50,000 containers per year between rail and trucks for distribution in Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and beyond.
Foreign Trade Zones (FTZ) in the region eliminate, reduce or defer customs duties on imported and/ or exported products. FTZ 134 (Tennessee), FTZ 26 (Georgia) and FTZ 83 (Alabama) serve the Greater Chattanooga Region. These FTZs allow flexibility in the designation of subzones and usage-driven FTZ sites, instead of defining zones by geographical boundaries alone.
The Greater Chattanooga Region is surrounded by mountains and lakes which makes world-class adventure and the best outdoor recreation in the Southeast available within minutes.