“When they started talking about their mission, and what their goals were, and what they wanted to do, and what they planned to do, and what they were all about — just their core values — I felt like we’re a great fit…Your way of thinking is our way of thinking. That idea that you’re here to serve and to make lives better, that’s the way we all feel.”
Those were the words of the mayor of Blount County, Tennessee, as reported by The Daily Times, when he welcomed K12 Inc. to eastern Tennessee at a jam-packed press conference on Thursday, March 13. Blount County Mayor Ed Mitchell and Mayor of Alcoa, TN, Don Mull, along with a dozens of other local, county, and state public officials and business leaders, announced the opening of K12’s new Family Support Campus which will be located steps away from the McGhee Tyson Airport (Knoxville, TN airport) – on the “peaceful side of the Smokies,” as the locals proudly say.
Through this new Family Support Campus, K12 will invest over $2.4 million dollars in Tennessee – the company’s largest capital investment outside of its headquarters in Virginia – and will create 300 new jobs. This is in addition to the 140 teachers and educators K12 currently employs throughout the state.
K12’s President and COO, Tim Murray, along with a group of Tennessee-based K12 teachers, attended the event and expressed their gratitude for all the support. Murray spoke about K12’s culture and mission, emphasizing that K12 and this Tennessee community shared the same “values and culture” making it a perfect fit for K12’s new Family Support Campus.