Not all businesses are ready to purchase property or lease space in one of TDC’s business parks.
However, some of these business ideas, given the appropriate type of support, can grow to have a significant impact on the Knox County economy. That is where the Fairview Technology Center comes in. Our strategy is simple – provide a nurturing environment for small, start-up, technology based firms for a limited time so that they can move into market-rate office/manufacturing space as quickly as possible, with as many high paying jobs as possible.
What is the Fairview Technology Center?
Fairview Technology Center’s mission is to support the creation and success of growth-based businesses by providing an affordable work environment maximizing their limited start-up capital. By offering quality office and laboratory space, Fairview makes it possible to focus limited capital on research and development and future production of services and goods. Thus, it provides assistance to companies when they need it in their formative years.
Fairview’s goal is to enable young companies to move into private, market-rate space when they are financially capable. Companies entering Fairview should leave as stronger and more mature companies, going on to succeed and create wealth in our community. While most companies entering Fairview have extensive expertise in their core products or services, there is often a disconnect or lack of experience in general business skills. In an effort to provide tenant companies with access to people and organizations that can provide these general business skills, members of the Fairview Advisory Board are available to advise tenants and evaluate prospective companies considering locating at the Fairview Technology Center.
Tenant Selection and Eligibility
All interested tenants shall complete an application in order to be considered for tenancy in the building. Applications will be reviewed by the Fairview Advisory Board. The Board will also review a business plan submitted by all applicants. The Board will carefully review an applicant’s location at the time of consideration as well as the number of persons they employ in order to determine if the company meets the objectives of the Fairview Technology. An applicant’s eligibility and priority status will be decided upon by the Board. A recommendation will then be made to TDC’s President & CEO for approval. If space is available in the building and the Board and TDC’s President & CEO approve the application, the space will be offered to eligible tenants on a combination priority and first-come, first-served basis.