Key Facts and Research on Changes in College-Going

Authors: Celeste Carruthers, Steven Gentile (THEC)

Publication Date: May 23, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic may have fundamentally altered the trajectory of college-going, retention, and completion rates for students nationwide and the Drive to 55 in Tennessee. We review the data on key student metrics for East Tennessee, examine the evidence on the causes of shifting student behavior, and evaluate possible policy options with key stakeholders.

Tennessee Business Leaders Survey, Winter 2022

Authors: The Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research

Publication Date: February 10, 2022

Many business leaders from across Tennessee responded to the Boyd Center’s semi-annual Business Leaders Survey, providing a unique perspective on Tennessee and the nation’s economies. Responses were provided between January 10 and January 31, 2022. Respondents, nearly 60 percent of whom are CEOs or company owners, represent a broad sample of Tennessee’s businesses, both by size and by industry.

Economic Report to the Governor, 2022

Authors: Lawrence M. Kessler, William F. Fox, Enda P. Hargaden, Matthew C. Harris, Tim Kuhn

Publication Date: December 16, 2021

This 2022 volume of An Economic Report to the Governor of the State of Tennessee is the forty-sixth in a series of annual reports compiled in response to requests by state government officials for assistance in achieving greater interdepartmental consistency in planning and budgeting efforts sensitive to the overall economic environment. Both short-term, or business cycle-sensitive forecasts, and longer-term, or trend forecasts, are provided in this report. The report's special section, the State of the Labor Market in Tennessee, reviews the labor force recovery from the initial pandemic shock.

Economic Benefits of Hosting the World Cup in Nashville

Authors: William F. Fox, Alex S. Norwood

Publication Date: December 1, 2021

This study examines the economic impact that construction, operation, and tourism associated with Nashville hosting four World Cup soccer matches during one month in 2026 would have on the Tennessee economy. The games would be held at Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, the current home of the Tennessee Titans. The economic impact from hosting the games would come from the construction of new/renovated facilities, operations of the games themselves, and tourism that arises as visitors come to Nashville to attend the World Cup games and associated events. Tourism will generate most of the World Cup’s economic effects, but construction, and spending at the matches will also generate economic activity for the state. This analysis focuses on the one-time economic impact of hosting the World Cup in 2026, but the attention Nashville receives from being thrust onto the world stage could offer much longer-term economic gains.