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Knoxville is being recognized for its efforts to promote environmental sustainability.

Knoxville recently completed TVA's "Valley Sustainable Communities" program and earned platinum level status.

Consultant group Boyette Strategic Advisors handles the program. They say the status shows Knoxville has made a significant commitment to sustainability that includes economic development.

"And what this platinum rating recognizes is that all of these efforts make Knoxville more attractive as a place to invest and to grow a business. I have always believed that sustainability and economic development, I'll say it again, they go hand and hand. That's what this Valley Sustainable Community program is intended to recognize," says Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero.

The Knoxville Chamber says it's seen increased interest from business recruitment prospects in a community's sustainability efforts.

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