Union City Micropolitan Area Unites Bi-State Region and Ranks #1 in 2021 Top Mississippi Rover Metros!
Examined by per capita results, four years after it was first recognized in this ranking the bi-state area of Union City, Tennessee, with a population of just over 30,000, has earned the No. 1 ranking, with four hefty investment projects from Tyson Foods, Green Plains, Tokai Carbon (GE) and Jackson Purchase Distillery, two of them in Obion County on the Tennessee side, and two in Hickman in Fulton County on the Kentucky side.
“Our local team works hard to create an environment for jobs to be created to enhance our quality of life,” says Lindsay Frilling, CEO of the Obion County Joint Economic Development Corporation (JEDC), who was named vice president of the Tennessee Economic Development Council for 2021-2022. The Obion County Chamber in 2021 oversaw 14 ribbon cuttings, fielded visits from 90 industrial companies, and among other quality of life initiatives, continued to build up steam with its retirement recruitment program, which garnered 1,000 new leads.
“We have seen organic job growth within our existing businesses, such as Tyson Foods, Williams Sausage, Greenfield Products, Kohler, and Excel Boats,” Frilling tells me in an email. “In addition to that, we have hired Retail Strategies to assist with national retail recruitment and Farmer Morgan to develop a master plan for Downtown Union City. We hope to have a firm engaged in the next month to create a comprehensive strategic plan for Obion County. With the opening of I-69 in Union City by fall of 2023 and the expansion of business at the Port of Cates Landing, we are working every angle to be prepared for the influx of anticipated growth.”
Three segments of I-69 have been in development for more than 10 years in Tennessee and will connect Fulton County, Kentucky, to Memphis. “Upon the completion of the paving of the 6.5-mile passage in Union City, there will finally be a working portion of the Interstate serving rural West Tennessee,” noted a recent Obion County newsletter.