County Profile

Rhea County, TN

Rhea |

John Bamber

Contact
john@rheacd.com
www.rheacountyetc.com
423.775.6171

Address
107 Main Street
Dayton, TN 37321

GCEP |

Lindsay Hiatt

Contact
lhiatt@chattanoogachamber.com
423.756.2121

Address
811 Broad Street #100
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Rhea |

John Bamber

Contact
john@rheacd.com
www.rheacountyetc.com
423.775.6171

Address
107 Main Street
Dayton, TN 37321

GCEP |

Lindsay Hiatt

Contact
lhiatt@chattanoogachamber.com
423.756.2121

Address
811 Broad Street #100
Chattanooga, TN 37402

Rhea Overview

Rhea County is located in eastern Tennessee, between the metropolitan areas of Chattanooga and Knoxville. Access to major interstates l-75, l-24, and 1-40 is possible via four-lane U.S. Hwy. 27. Tennessee Department of Transportation records indicate that more than 33,000 vehicles a day travel into Rhea County. The strategic location provides an ideal opportunity for companies looking to locate or expand. 

Norfolk Southern’s Crescent Corridor runs through the heart of Rhea County which offers a unique opportunity for projects with rail access requirements. One of the fastest, most direct routes from the Southeast to the Northeast with convenient connections to Mexico and Los Angeles, the Crescent Corridor makes green shipping a reality.

Dayton’s Mark Anton Airport provides general aviation services and a runway length of 5,000 feet. The Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport, located within 40 miles of Rhea County offers non-stop service to eight locations throughout the U.S., while also providing air cargo options. Airlines serving the Chattanooga airport include: Allegiant, American Airlines, American Eagle, Delta and United Airlines. 

Post-secondary educational choices include a satellite community college campus operated by Chattanooga State in Dayton offering a general education core for most majors as well as selected career courses. A new TCAT Mobile facility is available in the heart of Dayton’s bustling Industrial Park, offering courses in industrial management and industrial electricity. Bryan College, a four-year institution with 1,475 students, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate, baccalaureate, and master degrees. In addition to liberal arts, a growing MBA program, a new engineering school, Bryan College recently announced a new nursing school.

Rhea County offers a wealth of outdoor opportunities and natural attractions. With hundreds of miles of lake shorelines, one can enjoy a relaxing fishing trip on Lake Chickamauga or Watts Bar Lake, where world-class bass fishing tournaments are regularly hosted. Dayton’s landmark Strawberry Festival is in its 75th year, or visitors can enjoy the 1925 Scopes Trial re-enactment, Shake the Lake, or even Pumpkinfest. 

The Cumberland Trail will soon be completed, stretching the length of Rhea County and passing gorgeous waterfalls at Laurel / Snow State Natural Area, as well as the Piney River. Rock climbers have quietly been flocking to Laurel / Snow and Buzzard Point, where the sandstone features are ideal for climbing and bouldering.

Rhea County has a variety of properties available for manufacturing, warehousing and office, and is continually looking to improve and expand the infrastructure for residential, recreational and industrial purposes. The county is part of the 11-county Foreign Trade Zone 134. 

COMPANYEMPLOYEES
La-Z-Boy, TN1,683
TVA – Watts Bar Nuclear1,000
Airxcel, Inc. Suburban Division450
Nokian Tyres350
Robinson Mfg. Co.335
Source: Companies

Rhea County Statistics

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