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Memphis & Dyersburg ranked least business friendly cities in state

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DYERSBURG, TN (WMC-TV) - Dyersburg and Memphis are considered the least business friendly cities in the state according to a recent poll, and some business leaders are upset about being at the bottom of the list. 

Joe Yates has been in the furniture and appliance business all his life.

"We're not the exception to the rule, there's a lot of businesses that's been business for a long time," Yates said Wednesday.

Yates, who owns a store just off Dyersburg's square, was shocked by a recent state poll that put his hometown at #49 of Tennessee's 50 most business friendly cities.

"I think it's absurd...I don't understand it," he said.

The Tennessee Center for Policy Research based its decision on economic vitality, business tax burden, and community allure.

West Tennessee fared the worst when it comes to cities that are considered business friendly.  The town of Collierville came in at #14, while Memphis ranked at the bottom of the list at #50.

"There are things they omitted because they felt that cities don't have control over the proximity to airports and interstates," said Dyersburg/Dyer County Chamber of Commerce Board Chair Joe Emery.

In a statement, Dyer County Chamber of Commerce President Allen Hester said, "Would huge companies like Sara Lee, Briggs and Stratton, and Caterpillar be investing more in Dyersburg if we were not business friendly?  Look carefully at the source of any survey and the survey design and consider the underlying agenda before making a judgment on the impact of it."

"In 2010, we've worked on twenty-five new projects or expansion projects compared to nine in 2009," Emery continued.

Dyersburg leaders feel they've been mis-represented, and hope businesses will reconsider when thinking of moving to northwest Tennessee.

You can read the entire report by the Tennessee Center for Policy research by clicking here.

To find out more about the specifics of the report, click here.

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