Energy Turns the World as a World's Fair Turns a City Around

by Teresa Williams, Asst. News Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE, New York, N.Y. 10017,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1982, Vol. 52, Issue 5, Pg. 56-58

Document Type: Feature article


Energy Expo '82 opens May 1 and will run through October 31, 1982. Host City, Knoxville, Tennessee has taken advantage of the fair as a catalyst for growth and urban renewal for the city. Some $500 million in construction and investment has been generated in the area. Improvements include a massive restructuring of the interstate highway system and the redevelopment of a 72 acre industrial slum. An Energy Expo is appropriate for Knoxville which is considered the energy capital of the country - it is the home of the Tennessee Valley Authority, the world's largest public utility, and the University of Tennessee where extensive energy related research is conducted. Knoxville is also located near Oak Ridge, a center of nuclear research.

Subject Headings: Urban areas | Highways and roads | Construction management | Investments | Industries | Assets | Federal government | Lifeline systems | Tennessee | United States

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