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Knoxville Area Urban League Officially Reopens Renovated Headquarters




The Knoxville Area Urban League recently reopened its $2.6 million headquarters at a ribbon cutting celebration attended by elected officials, board members, staff and community partners.

State Rep. Rick Staples, Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knoxville City Councilwoman Gwen McKenzie pointed out the organization’s impact on the community and its now increased capacity for public service. The event kicked off with a welcome from the Knoxville Area Urban League’s board of directors, which is chaired by local business leader Cavanaugh Mims.

“I want to thank everyone who made this possible,” said Phyllis Y. Nichols, president and CEO of the Knoxville Area Urban League. “This fully renovated facility means we can serve more people and make an even bigger difference in our community through equal opportunity, diversity and inclusion. Thanks to all of our partners and donors, a beautiful and functional headquarters is now a reality.”

Located at 1514 E. Fifth Ave., the project included new construction and upgrades to the current structure, maximizing the use of space and making the facility high-tech, energy efficient and accessible. The atrium lobby includes spaces for homage to founders and donors who have made a lasting impact on the Knoxville Area Urban League.

The organization can expand its core services – education, workforce development, housing and entrepreneurship – as well as host community events in new common areas.

The Knoxville Area Urban League celebrated its 50th anniversary at the annual Equal Opportunity Awards Gala at the Knoxville Convention Center. The gala celebrates individuals, businesses and volunteers who champion diversity in the community.

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