Tennessee Ranked #4 for Business - Area Development's Top States for Doing Business, 2017 

The APCo TN Region

Appalachian Power Company, AEP’s operating company in Tennessee, serves almost 50,000 customers in northeastern Tennessee. The Appalachian Power Company economic development team can help you locate or expand your operations in our 297 square-mile service territory.

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Advantages of Doing Business in Tennessee

Location & Infrastructure

  • 66% of the US population and 31% of the Canadian population within one day’s truck drive
  • Tennessee has over 1,000 miles of interstate
  • Our Tennessee service area offers direct access to interstates I-81 and I-26
  • Two Class I railroads, Norfolk Southern and CSX, operate in the Kingsport area
  • CSX operates Kingsport Yards, an intermodal facility with a total lift capacity of 50,000 tons


Business Climate

  • No personal income tax on wages and salaries
  • A right-to-work stateText_AAA
  • A long history of fiscal responsibility that crosses party lines
  • Lowest state debt per capita in the country—The Tax Foundation
  • Second lowest in the U.S. for state and local tax taxes paid per capita—The Tax Foundation
  • Triple A-rated state, with a recent bond sale at the lowest interest rates in recorded history
  • Successful overhaul of our tort and workers compensation laws
  • Several aggressive business tax credit programs for new investment and jobs that can be carried forward over a 15-year period

Workforce & Education

Pie Chart of Tennessee's Sectors of Employment

  • Tennessee’s FastTrack Program helps companies cut through red tape that often hinders development to get the resources and the answers they need – fast
  • Tennessee is a long standing right-to-work state, which offers great advantages for new business
  • Beginning in 2015, the Tennessee Promise ensures that high school graduates can attend two years at a community college or technical college absolutely free of tuition and fees
  • Drive to 55 aims to bring the percentage of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications to 55 percent by the year 2025
  • Tennessee has 10 public universities, 35 independent colleges and universities, 13 community colleges and 27 Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (occupational and technical training)
  • Worker availability in key occupations:
Table of Workers (2015)
Jobs  Average Hourly Earnings
STEM 116,959  $31.54
Engineers 27,616  $40.42
Business 122,997  $27.33
Automotive Production 164,967  $14.92
Source: EMSI 2017.2

Electric Service

  • Industrial rates 15% below the national average

Bar Chart APCo Tennessee Industrial Rates

  • APCo owns 7,407 MW of generating capacity
    • Coal: 65.5%
    • Natural Gas: 19.4%
    • Hydro, Wind, Solar & Pump: 15.1%

Tennessee is a recognized leader in economic development.

  • #1 in the U.S. for lowest state debt per capita – The Tax Foundation for fiscal year 2013
  • #1 for Overall Infrastructure and Global Access #1 for Distribution/Supply Chain Hubs – Area Development Top States for Doing Business 2014
  • #4 for Best Infrastructure – CNBC America’s Top States for Business 2014
  • “State of the Year” for economic development – Business Facilities magazine 2014 and 2013
  • 4th Best Business Climate and 2nd Best Infrastructure – Business Facilities magazine 2014
  • 4th Best Infrastructure and 6th Best Workforce – CNBC Top States for Business 2014
  • Golden Shovel Award for achievements in economic development and job creation – Area Development magazine 2015

Key customers include:

  • AFG Industries, Inc.
  • Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
  • City of Kingsport
  • Domtar Corporation
  • Eastman Chemical Company
  • Indian Path Medical Center
  • Portola Packaging, Inc.
  • Royal Ordnance North America
  • Sullivan County
  • Wellmont Health System

The principal industries we support:

  • Chemical Industry Sectors
  • Glass Industry
  • Paper/Pulp Industry


John Smolak

John Smolak

Director of Economic and Business Development

Appalachian Power Company


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