7 www.BlountPartnership.com Where the future takes shape. arconic.com | @arconic Arconic creates breakthrough products that shape industries. Working in close partnership with our customers, we solve complex engineering challenges to transform the way we fly, drive, build and power. Through the ingenuity of our people and cutting-edge advanced manufacturing techniques, we deliver these products at a quality and efficiency that ensure customer success and shareholder value. Springbrook Farms will offer visitors and residents easy access to surrounding areas of Alcoa, including the city’s highly-rated elementary, middle and high schools and nearby McGhee Tyson Airport. “The development style will enhance Springbrook Farms’ walkability, with an abundance of pedestrian linkages to existing ones like the greenway system,” Hammon says, pointing out the eight-mile walking-biking trail that runs from Springbrook Park in Alcoa to Foothills Elementary School in Maryville. Springbrook Farms’ residential component will include single- family Craftsman-style homes, multi-family units, condominiums and even a senior-living develop- ment. In Maryville, city leaders are trying to get out the message that there are plenty of jobs avail- able in town thanks to a robust economy. The growth in jobs is just one part of a formula that starts with new commercial and retail projects coming online in the city, which has translated into an increased demand for housing, which has, in turn, translated into a booming residential-develop- ment market. Telltale signs of growth have included recent land acquisitions that will eventually result in a new retail-dining development near the Robert C. Jackson Dr. industrial area; the arrival of fire- arms manufacturer SCYY, which is relocating its entire operation from Florida; and a $1 billion in- vestment by auto supplier DENSO into a new plant at Blount County Industrial Park. “Existing companies like Cherokee Millwright and Massey Electric are seeking workers for positions across the board as well – everything from maintenance and line workers to administra- tive assistants and managerial jobs,” says Jeff Muir, Blount Partnership’s communications director. “We’re experiencing record-low unemployment right now, and we still have posi- tions available and not enough people to fill them yet.” The imminent spike in job openings and the expected in- flux of workers coming into the area have caused the number of residential building permits to increase at record pace as developers attempt to keep enough inventory in the housing pipeline. “Things are growing quickly,” Muir said. “We’re still actively recruiting companies to come to this area. The focus now is also on getting people to consider Blount County as a career destination.”