Signal Mountain Agent Travis Close Represents TN on the International Stage

Real Estate Partners Chattanooga Signal Mountain agent Travis Close took the stage in Cannes, France last week.

Travis serves clients across the Chattanooga area and is also currently serving as the 2022 Tennessee REALTORS® President. This role takes Travis across the country and the world as a representative of Tennessee, Chattanooga, and Real Estate Partners Chattanooga alike. Last week, that travel was to MIPIM in Cannes, France. MIPIM is the leading international real estate tradeshow for real estate professionals. 

During the trip, Travis spoke with trade show attendees about Tennessee, and even shared about Tennessee on the international stage at the 'Spotlight on the US.'

Here are some facts that Travis shared:

  • Tennessee is known for its agricultural contributions exporting cotton, corn, and soy across the United States.
  • Tennessee is home to over 967 foreign-owned businesses, which equal around 37 billion in capital investment and over 147,000  Tennesseeans's employed.
  • In 2017, international investment accounted for nearly 1/3 of all jobs in Tennessee and 56% of Tennessee's capital investment.
  • Fortune 500 companies such as Nissan, Ford, VW, HCA, and GE continue to invest in Tennessee because of competitive tax incentives.
  • Tennessee is the second-lowest state for local taxes and has no state income tax and no state property tax.
  • The cost of living in Tennessee is 10% lower than the national average. 
  • Housing costs in Tennessee are 21% lower than the national average.
  • Millions of tourists visit Tennessee each year to spend time at the birthplace of Country music. Tourists also visit Tennessee's 130 state and national parks, including the Great Smokey Mountains. 
  • There are 140,000 students that attend the 12 NCAA D1 ranked schools in Tennessee, with over 3,700 engineering graduates. The engineering field in Tennessee schools has increased 36% since 2020.
  • Tennessee offers free community college and free trade school training to residents.
  • Tennessee has 7.5 million residents who enjoy our beautiful state with endless opportunities for all.


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