Tennessee: musical influence and business opportunity
Tennessee is a state of great musical influence, but is also an expanding centre for business and commerce.
A state rich in history, diversity and innovation, Tennessee is quickly assuming a leadership role in the USA as a centre for business and commerce.
The home state to a former US President, Andrew Jackson, and military and folk heroes such as Davy Crockett and Sam Houston, Tennessee is bordered by the Mississippi River on the west and the Great Smoky Mountains on the east. Unique in its topography and culture, the state and its citizens celebrate and honour its history while preparing for the challenges of the 21st century.
Tennessee is a state of musical influence. Elvis Presley, who chose Memphis as his permanent home, is the undisputed ‘King of rock ‘n’ roll’ and the city is home to several recording studios, as well as Elvis’ beloved mansion, Graceland. Beale Street in Memphis contributed greatly to the birth of the blues in America and is a tourist destination for those desiring to hear both rock and roll and blues performed by outstanding artists, including B.B. King at his namesake club.
Nashville is the centre of country music and home to the famous Grand Ole Opry and the Country Music Hall of Fame. Tennessee, while retaining its musical prominence with centres of music in Nashville and Memphis, is expanding its business base with several national and international corporations moving manufacturing jobs to the state.
“For study and play, Tennessee has something for everyone”
With an extensive array of over 60 public and private universities, Tennessee has a strong higher education system. Institutions in the state include Vanderbilt University, the University of Tennessee, the University of Memphis, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis. During World War II, portions of the Manhattan Project were located in the state and the research tradition begun at that time led to the establishment of the world famous Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
Memphis, corporate home to FedEx, was recently recognised as the number one aerotropolis in the world due to its integration of air, ground, rail and river transportation. Leaders from around the world visit Memphis to study this model of modern transportation management. FedEx is the world’s largest air cargo operation and is a leader in the practice of supply chain management.
For study and play, Tennessee has something for everyone. Whether kayaking on the Mighty Mississippi or hiking in the Smoky Mountains, the state offers four distinct seasons of outdoor activities as well as great symphonies, museums, botanical gardens and nationally ranked zoos. Known as the ‘Volunteer State’, the citizens of Tennessee welcome the opportunity to share its heritage and its future.
Written by Betty J. Huff (2011)
Vice Provost, Enrollment Services
The University of Memphis (USA)