About the Region
The Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership (GCEP) region is a 16-county, three-state area surrounding Chattanooga, Tennessee.
The Chattanooga metropolitan statistical area is the fourth largest in Tennessee and the city of Chattanooga anchors a three-state area that includes Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Northeast Alabama. Major industry driving the economy includes automotive, advanced manufacturing, food and beverage production, healthcare, insurance, tourism, and back office and corporate headquarters.
The region features muliple colleges and universities with 19 locations 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.