The Greater Chattanooga Region ranks among the nation’s best places for business relocation or expansion. It has garnered national recognition for being a best place to live and for its low cost of doing business.


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The Greater Chattanooga Region is frequently recognized as a great place to live and work, thanks to its high quality of life and low cost of doing business. Some highlights around the region include:

EPB, Best Gaming ISP of 2017 | PC Magazine
PC Magazine ranks Chattanooga's EPB as the best ISP for gaming in the U.S.

Tennessee Top 5 State for Early Retirement | Smart Asset
Considering early retirement? Smart Asset says consider Tennessee.

States with the Top Business Climates | Site Selection
Site Selection ranks Georgia No. 1, Tennessee No. 4 and Alabama No. 9 on its list of states with the top business climates.

Top Cities for Global Trade | Global Trade Magazine
Global Trade Magazine ranks Chattanooga as a top emerging city for global trade.

Nine Logistics Hotspots That Shine | Inbound Logistics 
Chattanooga ranks as the No. 4 hotspot for logistics in the U.S. thanks to its connectivity via interstate to more than 80 percent of the U.S. population and its location along the Tennessee River.

Top States for Foreign Direct Investment | IBM
Tennessee ranks No. 1 for job creation from foreign direct investment according to IBM’s 2016 Global Location Trends Report. Georgia and Alabama rank No. 3 and No. 4 respectively.

Top 25 Cities Worldwide for Inexpensive, Abundant Broadband | Open Technology Institute
Chattanooga ranks No. 6 in the world for its EPB gigabit network relative to its price, according to Open Technology Institute’s Cost of Connectivity Report.

America’s Top States for Business 2016 | CNBC
CNBC ranks Georgia No. 8.

Business Facilities’ 12th Annual Rankings Report: State Rankings | Business Facilities
Business Facilities ranked Georgia No 4 and Tennessee No. 6 for Best Business Climate. Georgia, Alabama, and Tennessee were ranked No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, for Workforce Training Leaders.

The Cities With the Lowest Startup Costs 2016 | SmartAsset
SmartAsset ranks Chattanooga the No.1 city with the lowest startup costs.

Best Metropolitan for Minority-Owned Businesses | SmartAsset
SmartAsset ranks Chattanooga as the No. 4 best metro for minority-owned business.

Lowest Cost Market for Food, Beverage Processing | The Boyd Company
The Boyd Company named the Cleveland, Tennessee area the lowest cost market in the U.S. for new food and beverage processing operations.

2016 Top States for Doing Business | Area Development
Area Development ranked Tennessee No. 4 and Alabama No. 6 for top states for doing business.

2016 Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development | Site Selection
Site Selection Magazine and Conway Data recognize McMinn County for its record-breaking business and job growth.

2016 Best & Worst States For Business | Chief Executive Magazine
Chief Executive Magazine ranked Tennessee No. 4 for top business climates. Georgia was ranked No. 9.

Best Cities to Start a Business| WalletHub
WalletHub ranks Chattanooga the No. 4 best city to start a business.

Best Cities for Tech (Outside of California and New York)| DataFox
DataFox names Chattanooga the No. 11 best city for tech outside of California and New York.

2015 Top Micropolitans | Site Selection
Site Selection ranks Scottsboro No. 8.

Top Cities for Women-Owned Businesses | WalletHub
WalletHub ranks Chattanooga No. 2.

Nation’s Best Top 150 Community Colleges | The Aspen Institute
The Aspen Institute ranked Northeast Alabama Community College among the top 150 best community colleges in the U.S.

Best Manufacturing Workforce Tradition | Southern Business and Development Magazine
Southern Business and Development Magazine recognizes Dalton-Whitfield as having the best manufacturing workforce tradition of Georgia’s small markets.

"Best Town Ever"| Outside Magazine
Recognizing the area’s outdoor amenities and high quality of life, Outside magazine named Chattanooga the "Best Town Ever" in 2011 and 2015.

50-State Ranking of the Burdens from State Regulatory Structure | Pacific Research Institute
The Pacific Research Institute ranks Georgia No. 6 and Tennessee No. 11, on its list of states with the least burdensome business regulations.

Best Places to Live in Georgia | ranks Dalton the No. 9 best town to live in Georgia.

Top Ten "Comeback Kid" | Southern Business and Development Magazine
Southern Business and Development Magazine ranks Dalton-Whitfield County as the No. 1 "Comeback Kid" due to its increased capital investment and new jobs.

Best to Invest: Top US Economic Development Groups of 2014| Site Selection
Site Selection Magazine names the Chattanooga area Chamber of Commerce among its Top US Economic Development Groups of 2014, based on four categories: new jobs, new jobs per 10,000 residents, new investment amount and new investment per 10,000 residents.

Least Expensive City to Live in the U.S. | Cheat Sheet
Dalton, Georgia ranks No. 1 on the Cheat Sheet’s cheapest cities to live in the U.S. list.

Silver Shovel Project of the Year 2009 | Area Development
Area Development names Wacker Chemie’s investment in Bradley County Project of the Year in 2009.