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• The Greater Knoxville area — branded nationally as the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley — just joined the elite list of America’s 10 hottest places to do business. The ranking appears in the “Hottest Cities” poll in the January-February issue of “Expansion Management” magazine, a trade journal. Knoxville ranked ninth among the nation’s 362 metropolitan regions. Rankings reflect the opinions of prominent business location consultants who advise companies about where to expand or locate their companies. “The perceptions and advice of the nation’s leading business location consultants make a real difference,” said Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale. “Becoming the country’s ninth ‘Hottest City’ shows clearly that we’re moving in the right direction, developing a bright future and promoting the Innovation Valley as a region. It’s a tribute to Jobs Now! and its many investors.” Jobs Now! is an initiative to increase jobs.

• The Farragut Leadership Initiative and the Farragut Education Foundation will host a Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce breakfast networkingbeginning at 8 a.m., Feb. 17, at Farragut High School.

The event will include a short presentation, tours around the high school and door prizes.

• Helping businesses locally and throughout the country comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act is a prime factor in Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC being cited for achieving the single highest net revenue increase last year among the 137 privately owned accounting firms participating in the national BDO Seidman Alliance. The Sarbanes-Oxley Act, passed in 2002 in the wake of highly publicized corporate financial scandals, set out new and stringent financial reporting and accounting requirements for publicly held companies. Jimmy Rodefer, the firm’s chief executive officer, was informed of the distinction at the recent BDO Seidman Alliance meeting held in Nashville. “Our firm’s net revenue has tripled in the last five years,” Rodefer said. “That’s a tribute to the ability and dedication of the people on our team.” BDO Seidman is America’s fifth largest accounting firm. The BDO Seidman Alliance is a national association under the BDO Seidman banner that enables participating firms – all of them independent - to expand services to clients through mutual cooperation and sharing of information and resources. Rodefer Moss has more than 100 employees, half of which are in Knoxville. The firm recently announced that it is building a 27,000 square-foot building off Pellissippi Parkway to accommodate growth in staff and clients.


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