Did you know that the Blount County Chamber of Commerce has two locations in which our employees offer business owners, community members and visitors support and information? One is in Maryville and the other in Townsend, and both are official Welcome Centers, glad to give lots of information about the area.

Interestingly enough, this region is also given the nickname of the “peaceful side of the Smokies,” particularly Townsend. In fact, it is the town’s slogan, and as one expert wrote, it “isn’t just a brand created to attract visitors; it is reality. Townsend will make you want to put down those phones, soak up some small-town charm, and let Mother Nature inspire as only she can.”

Yet, it might also become a spot you want to set down roots and set up shop, and the good news is that the Blount County Chamber of Commerce is incredibly business-friendly. In fact, the employees at the Chamber are not just putting on friendly faces – they are authentically happy to promote the area because they love living and working in the heart of the Smokies.

A Fantastic Mission

After all, the mission of the Chamber is all about quality of life. Officially, it reads:The mission of the Blount Partnership is to promote economic growth and stability, foster community development and enhance the overall quality of life in the region.”

The Chamber is part of the Partnership (along with the Blount County Economic Development Board and Smoky Mountain Tourism Authority), and anyone who works for or plays a role in these organizations clearly loves the region. Their work is not just about financial growth and economic stability, but also about preserving the natural beauty and many resources of the region and all while assuring quality of life throughout. This can be seen just by looking at the larger towns in the county.

Townsend is often also called the gateway to Cades Cove, which is one of the most popular sites in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and yet the town itself is laid-back and peaceful. Visitors are often delighted to find that many shops are small and locally owned, and there is little of the hustle and bustle of larger towns in the area.

Maryville is the same and features a low-key downtown district with appealing old buildings, friendly shops and a pace that is well-suited to that description as the peaceful side of the Smokies.

And to prove that the area’s leaders have quality of life as a main focus, consider the plans for the Maryville-to-Townville Greenway. A 14-mile stretch of paved and scenic walking trails, it will allow residents and visitors alike to wander through lovely landscapes and enjoy easy access to several parks and shopping areas.

Little wonder that those who live and work in these towns are altogether too happy to do so! They are in the heart of the Smokies and strive to keep the area beautiful while also growing its economy and stability!