Polk County, TN
Polk County is located on the southeastern corner of Tennessee and is bordered by North Carolina and Georgia. The county has three hydroelectric plants on the Ocoee River and one on the Hiwassee River that are operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority.
As a Three-Star Community, Polk County is making strides to preserve existing employment, create new job opportunities, and build a strong base for future economic development.
Business travel and freight shipments and deliveries are convenient to and from Polk County because of its strategic location within 18 miles of I-75, and proximity to the east/west connectors of I-40 (50 miles) and I-24 (30 miles). U.S. Hwy. 64 and U.S. Hwy. 411 travel through the county providing secondary transportation routes. State Highways 30, 314 and 68 are also located in the county and serve as connectors to the interstate and federal highway systems.
Air service options include, Martin Campbell Field providing general aviation services for personal, recreational and business use with a runway length of 3,500 feet. The Cleveland Regional Jetport in neighboring Bradley County provides general and business aviation services with a runway length of 5,500 feet. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, located within 45 miles of Polk County offers non-stop service to eight locations throughout the U.S. Air cargo is also available. Airlines serving the Chattanooga airport include: Allegiant, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta and United Airlines.
Copper Basin Medical Center is a 25-bed general medical and surgical facility. The emergency room is staffed with physicians 24 hours a day with lab and radiology services available. Hospital care is also available in neighboring Bradley County at Tennova Healthcare-Cleveland (26 miles).
There are eight Century Farms in Polk County, the oldest of which is the Boyd Farm established in 1838. Dairy and poultry farming, soybean production and other agricultural endeavors are still carried on in the county. The area rivers along with the towering Chilhowee, Big Frog and Little Frog Mountains offer many options for outdoor recreation including boating, hiking, biking, picnicking and trail walking.
Polk County is home to two industrial parks with a combined total of 94 acres with all utilities available. The Copper Basin Industrial Park is located on Hwy. 64 in Ducktown and the Benton Industrial Park is located off Hwy. 411 in Benton. Polk County is part of the 11-county Foreign Trade Zone 134.