ET Index was launched by the Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission (MPC) and the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, with the support and advice of a number of regional organizations. The project aims to provide a common source of data and analysis on critical topics in order to inform community stakeholders, spur discussion and collaboration, and monitor and improve our quality of life.
MPC provides comprehensive county-wide planning and administration of zoning and land subdivision regulations. It was established in 1956 by Knoxville and Knox County and serves the entire county except for the town of Farragut. Funding for MPC activities comes primarily from city and county appropriations and from federal grants for specific studies.
The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Knoxville Urban Area. The organization undertakes cooperative and comprehensive transportation planning to promote the development of plans, programs, and projects that consider all transportation modes and support the goals of the community.
Critical support and guidance for this project were provided by the following organizations:
- The United Way of Greater Knoxville, which brings together community resources to improve the lives of residents by helping them achieve their potential for self-sufficiency.
- Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley, a regional economic development partnership managed by the Knoxville Chamber.
- Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), a department at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, conducts research on national and state economic trends for the university, state agencies, and public and private organizations.
- Cornerstone Foundation of Knoxville, a private group whose activities are focused on the Greater Knoxville geographic area, identifies priorities and effective actions that help the area reach its full potential as a community.
This project was developed with assistance from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), based in Rochester, NY. CGR is a nonprofit research and consulting firm that has created several community indicator projects in New York State and other locations.