Welcome to East Tennessee.
Blount County was a growing regional business center over a century ago, and the Chamber worked hard through one decade after another as the community prospered. Today, Blount County and the Chamber are home to hundreds of small stores, small industrial shops, professional service providers, large-sized retailers and corporations of nearly every size.
Blount County has a long, successful tradition as a business-friendly community, and the Blount County Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to maintaining that tradition, as it has for more than 100 years.
We are extremely proud of the businesses in this community that help shape, protect and ease our lives. Not just here in Blount County, but all over the world, people are benefiting from the great advances.
The Chamber is the eyes, ears and voice of the business community. We work daily with local and regional governments and business-related agencies to protect business interests and to keep the community healthy through a vital commercial sector.
The Chamber serves the business community through a wide variety of programs and services from quarterly mixers, networking coffee clubs and ribbon-cutting ceremonies for new businesses, to marketing assistance, business expos and business recruitment, which is the life blood of any prospering community.
The community as a whole benefits from the Chamber’s attention as well, through sponsorship of town meetings, legislative luncheons, candidate forums and publication of business and community guides. The Chamber works closely with the Cities of Alcoa, Maryville, Townsend, Rockford, Louisville and Friendsville.
This web site gives insight into the Blount County community, its people and its businesses. We want you to use it to seek out and utilize the businesses and organizations that support this great community. We also invite you to visit our directory to search for any business or services you need and our calendar to check for events in the community. The Chamber can also be found on Facebook and Twitter.
The Blount Partnership will earn a national reputation as the primary catalyst for this region's competitive success and economic prosperity, steeped in strong tradition and leadership.
The mission of the Blount Partnership is to promote economic growth and stability, foster community development and enhance the overall quality of life in the region.
- Integrity: Operating with the highest ethical standards that promote relationships and build trust
- Innovation: Encouraging unique approaches in meeting and maximizing opportunities
- Goodwill: Ensuring a welcoming community to new businesses and residents while fostering a full cultural dynamic that is peaceful, inclusive and safe
- Stewardship: Encouraging responsible approaches and management relative to economic, human and natural resources
- Alliance: Leading and facilitating partnership and dialogue opportunities that evolve productive discourse, relationships, democracy and decision-making throughout all sectors of the community
History of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce
The Blount County Chamber of Commerce was formed in 1920 by the Kiwanis Club. Today the Blount Chamber has more than 1,000 members whose mission is to develop a robust economic base by providing members access to information as well as business resources and activities that enhance the quality of life for all who live, work and play in our region. The vision statement of the Blount Chamber is to be the leading catalyst for creating a cooperative, productive and prosperous community.
The Blount Chamber serves under the direction of a 12-member Board, employees a staff of 27 and is a part of a four organization alliance known as the Blount Partnership. The members of this alliance are the Economic Development Board of Blount County, Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority, Blount Chamber Foundation and of course, the Blount Chamber of Commerce. Although the members of the partnership share office space, supplies and staff members, each organization is governed by a separate Board of Directors and a separate budget with different funding streams. The common goal of a thriving economic base makes this partnership very successful. The Blount Chamber is not part of any government, political party or social service organization.
Adequate parking is available for visitors. As a Chamber member, if you rent our board room for meetings, we ask that you advise your attendees to park in the lot behind the Chamber building. Parking at the front and sides of the building is reserved for short-term visitors.
The Townsend Visitors Center
7906 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Townsend, TN 37882
Main: (865) 448-6134
Fax: (865) 448-9806
Hours: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sunday