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Cleveland TN and Bradley County Offer Something for Everybody

This midsize city in southeast Tennessee is known for its friendliness.

By Livability on July 22, 2022

Cleveland/Bradley County Tennessee
Courtesy of Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber

Home sweet home doesn’t get much sweeter than in Cleveland/Bradley County. This area in southeast Tennessee is known as a friendly, mid-sized city with spirit that offers great career opportunities and a variety of living choices. 

Throw in the proximity to larger cities like Nashville, Chattanooga and Atlanta; abundant access to outdoor activities like whitewater rafting, hiking and trout fishing; and organized sports for adults and children, and it’s easy to see why Cleveland/Bradley County is a home base that suits nearly every taste. 

Area growth has been propelled over the past 10 years by a low cost of living and strong cooperation among local government, business and education, resulting in more than $3.7 billion in new investment that created over 3,400 jobs. 

Cleveland was recently named the fifth-best metro area in the U.S. for work in manufacturing, according to SmartAsset’s 2021 ranking. Bradley County is home to 12 Fortune 500 companies and over 130 industries. 

Education and industry are partnering to create the PIE Center (Partnerships in Industry and Education). Slated to open in August 2022, the career center will provide technical training and apprenticeships for students in a shared space with local companies and nonprofits. 

“The center, the first of its kind in Tennessee, will give students a vision of their future,” says Brittany Cannon, Work-Based Learning Coordinator for Bradley County Schools. “It will also enhance the pipeline for our manufacturing and STEM positions and change workforce development.” 

Cleveland/Bradley County Tennessee
Courtesy of Cleveland/Bradley County Chamber

In addition to diverse job opportunities for adults and innovative educational offerings for our youth, Cleveland is home to numerous homegrown shops, restaurants and activities. 

Brittany Katz, owner of Terra Running Co., and Cleveland Coffee and Market, moved her businesses and home to downtown Cleveland. Ongoing redevelopment and beautification efforts by businesses, downtown-based Lee University, and local government enticed her and others to call Cleveland home. 

“Cleveland is big enough to support great retail and industry,” Katz says. “Both the city and investors see a lot of potential in downtown and are taking steps to make it all that it can be.” 

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