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Located in Northeast Tennessee in a region referred to as the Tri-Cities (Johnson City, TN, Kingsport, TN, and Bristol, TN/VA), Sullivan County is within a day’s drive of 70 percent of the U.S. population. The county's prime location offers convenient access to many major U.S. markets. Home to more than 150,000 residents, Sullivan County is the sixth largest county in Tennessee. Featuring leading companies Edwards & Associates, Inc. and HSN, county employers benefit from the region’s forward-thinking leaders who remain committed to pursuing growth opportunities for new and existing businesses.

Sullivan County’s educational system boasts one of the highest per pupil expenditures in Tennessee. The county is one of a few in Northeast Tennessee that offer the Educate & Grow Scholarship Program, which provides two years of free tuition to Northeast State Community College – also located in Sullivan County.

Sullivan County is also part of a region known for its exceptional health care systems. With an integrated health care delivery network tied to local universities, Sullivan County is home to some of the country’s most respected physicians. In fact, Sullivan County has 380 physicians per 100,000 residents, more than twice the national average.

Among the nation’s lowest cost-of-living areas with no state income tax and no personal property tax, Sullivan County offers an abundance of added incentives for those seeking to relocate. From its breathtaking natural beauty and comfortable pace of life to its variety of cultural, recreational and entertainment options, Sullivan County has it all.

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  • Colleges/Universities
  • Local Schools
  • Quality of Life

HSN
857 Mountain View Drive
Piney Flats, TN 37686
423-391-1610
http://www.hsn.com/

Number of Employees: 305


Bell Helicopter
450 Industrial Park Rd
Piney Flats, TN 37686
(423) 538-5111
http://www.bellhelicopter.com

Number of Employees: 300


Modern Forge of Tennessee
501 Rock Lane Road
Piney Flats, TN 37686
(423) 538-8185
http://www.modernforge.com/

Number of Employees: 220


Aeronautical Accessories, Inc.
441 Industrial Park Road
Piney Flats, TN 37686
(423) 538-5151
http://www.bellhelicopter.com

Number of Employees: 200


Kysor Panel Systems
521 Industrial Park Road
Piney Flats, TN 37686
(423) 538-0900
http://www.kysorpanel.com/

Number of Employees: 175


Daramic, LLC
596 Industrial Park Road
Piney Flats, TN 37686
(423) 538-7111
http://www.daramic.com

Number of Employees: 128


Robinette Co.
621 Mountain View Drive
Piney Flats, TN 37686
(423) 968-7800
http://www.therobinetteco.com/

Number of Employees: 116


Aurora Hardwoods
340 Industrial Park Road
Piney Flats, TN 37686
(423) 538-4260
http://www.auroracasket.com

Number of Employees: 106


Business Information Systems
333 Industrial Park Road
Piney Flats, TN 37686
423-538-1900
http://www2.bisonline.com/

Number of Employees: 70


Electro Motors, LLC
411 Century Court
Piney Flats, TN 37686
(423) 538-5303
http://www.electromtr.com

Number of Employees: 60


Workforce

Sullivan County is proud to call itself home to a number of diverse companies. Whether it’s small or big business, the area’s workforce is equipped to do the job.

The county’s employers serve industries in aircraft, retail distribution, automotive, refrigeration, computer systems and services, software development, electronics and construction. Half of Sullivan County’s workforce comprises the sales, office, production, transportation and material moving job sectors. An additional 20 percent are in professional and related occupations.

Sullivan County's convenient location to a regional workforce of a half-million people offers new businesses and incoming developers an opportunity to benefit from the area's skilled workers. This workforce, known for its quality and productivity, has one of the lowest absenteeism and turnover rates in the country.

The following colleges and universities are located within three hours of Sullivan County.



Tennessee
Carson-Newman College - Jefferson City
Cleveland State Community College - Cleveland
Crown College - Powell
East Tennessee State University - Johnson City
East Tennessee State University at Bristol
Hiwassee College - Madisonville
Johnson Bible College - Knoxville
King College - Bristol
Kingsport Center for Higher Education - Kingsport
Knoxville College - Knoxville
Lee University - Cleveland
Lincoln Memorial - Harrogate
Maryville College - Maryville
Milligan College - near Elizabethton
Northeast State Technical Community College - Blountville
Pellissippi State Technical Community College - Knoxville
Roane State Community College - Harriman
Tennessee Wesleyan College - Athens
Tusculum College - Greeneville
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Walters State Community College - Morristown

Virginia
Appalachian College of Pharmacy - Grundy
Appalachian School of Law - Grundy
Bluefield College - Bluefield
Edward Via Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine - Blacksburg
Emory & Henry College - Emory
Graham Bible College - Bristol
Hollins University - Roanoke
Jefferson College of Health Sciences - Roanoke
Mountain Empire Community College - Big Stone Gap
New River Community College - Dublin
Radford University - Radford
Roanoke College - Salem
Southwest Virginia Community College - Richlands
Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center - Abingdon
University of Virginia's College at Wise - Wise
Virginia Highlands Community College - Abingdon
Virginia Intermont College - Bristol
Virginia Tech - Blacksburg
Virginia Western Community College - Roanoke
Wytheville Community College - Wytheville

North Carolina
Appalachian State University - Boone
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College - Asheville
Brevard College - Brevard
Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute - Hudson
Catawba Valley Community College - Hickory
Forsyth Technical Community College - Winston-Salem
Gardner-Webb University - Boiling Springs
Haywood Community College - Clyde
Isothermal Community College - Spindale
Lees-McRae College - Banner Elk
Lenoir-Rhyne College - Hickory
Mars Hill College - Mars Hill
Maryland Community College - Spruce Pine
McDowell Technical Community College - Marion
Montreat College - Montreat
Piedmont Baptist College - Winston-Salem
Salem College - Winston-Salem
Southwestern Community College - Sylva
Surry Community College - Dobson
University of North Carolina at Asheville
University of North Carolina School of the Arts - Winston-Salem
Warren Wilson College - Asheville
Western Carolina University - Cullowhee
Western Piedmont Community College - Morganton
Wilkes Community College - Wilkesboro
Winston-Salem State University - Winston-Salem

Local Schools

Akard Elementary
Blountville Elementary
Blountville Middle
Bluff City Elementary
Bluff City Middle
Brookside Elementary
Cedar Grove Elementary
Central Heights Elementary
Central High
Colonial Heights Middle
Emmett Elementary
Holston Elementary
Holston Middle
Holston Valley Middle
Indian Springs Elementary
Ketron Intermediate
Kingsley Elementary
Mary Hughes Elementary-Middle
Miller Perry Elementary
Rock Springs Elementary
Sullivan East High
Sullivan Elementary
Sullivan Middle
Sullivan North High
Sullivan South High
Tri-Cities Christian Schools (K4-12)
Valley Pike Elementary
Weaver Elementary
Sullivan County offers a refreshing alternative for newcomers by combining small-town America with amenities and opportunities that are often found in much larger markets. This unique area is greatly appreciated by the warm, friendly people who live here.

The county’s wide range of cultural opportunities includes performing arts, music and arts festivals, historic sites, museums, and professional and minor-league sports. A plethora of fine dining and shopping options are also available.

Those interested in outdoor activities can enjoy the area’s mountains, rivers and lakes – all while doing so in moderate temperatures throughout most of the year. Our bright spring flowers and breathtaking fall mountain colors create highlight seasons for our region.

And with an average one-way commute to work of 20 minutes, Sullivan County residents have more time to enjoy leisurely activities. More than one-third of the county’s population can commute to work in less than 15 minutes, while more than 75 percent of Sullivan County’s workforce drives less than 30 minutes.

As an added incentive, Sullivan County is also recognized as one of the lowest cost-of-living areas in the nation, with residents free of state income and personal property taxes.

Quality of Life

Quality of Life Sullivan County offers a refreshing alternative for newcomers by combining small-town America with amenities and opportunities that are often found in much larger markets. This unique area is greatly appreciated by the warm, friendly people who live here. The county’s wide range of cultural opportunities includes performing arts, music and arts festivals, historic sites, museums, and professional and minor-league sports. A plethora of fine dining and shopping options are also available. Those interested in outdoor activities can enjoy the area’s mountains, rivers and lakes – all while doing so in moderate temperatures throughout most of the year. Our bright spring flowers and breathtaking fall mountain colors create highlight seasons for our region. And with an average one-way commute to work of 20 minutes, Sullivan County residents have more time to enjoy leisurely activities. More than one-third of the county’s population can commute to work in less than 15 minutes, while more than 75 percent of Sullivan County’s workforce drives less than 30 minutes. As an added incentive, Sullivan County is also recognized as one of the lowest cost-of-living areas in the nation, with residents free of state income and personal property taxes.