The TCRI serves 44 rural counties in the middle-East region of Tennessee. The service region has a population of over 1.4 million with a combined poverty rate of 17.8%. These rural counties have not recovered from the economic downturn of 2008 and find themselves on the losing end of globalization and economic transition. Counties in red are considered distressed. Those in peach are at-risk, and the blue counties represent the others additionally served by the TCRI.
Our initial focus is on the 14 counties in the Upper Cumberland region: