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GO Virginia hosts Region One grant workshop

Robyn Lee Parties interested in applying for Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO VA) grants were walked through the process by the regional program director at a Monday event in Abingdon. Robyn Lee had good news for the gathered individuals, including the fact that this year, more money is available to Region One (Southwest Virginia) than was available last year. There are two main pools of m ...

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Opportunity Knocks: $1 million grant to help ACFCU revitalize neighborhoods

ACFCU CEO Ron Scott A $1 million grant will help Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) and partners to revitalize neighborhoods and allow more than 100 low and moderate-income families to purchase or renovate homes over the next five years in the greater Tri-Cities. The U.S. Treasury’s CDFI Fund’s “Capital Magnet Fund” award supports affordable housing activities that attract private capital to ...

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Public forum scheduled for Northeast State presidential search

The Tennessee Board of Regents is inviting the public to provide input on priorities in selecting Northeast State’s next president. A public forum is scheduled for Aug. 16 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the Blountville campus, 2425 Highway 75. The purpose of the forum is to clarify and understand the expectation of all stakeholders. Greenwood/Asher & Associates s ...

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First job fair held for displaced Bristol Compressors employees

The parking lot of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center was full Friday, Aug. 10, as displaced employees of Bristol Compressors met with representatives of 48 employers. Bristol Compressors announced July 31 it would close its Washington County, Tenn., plant, eliminating 470 jobs. The Aug. 10 job fair, which was sponsored by the Virginia Employment Commission, Washington County Virginia, the New R ...

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Canedo named dean of Humanities at Northeast State

Northeast State Community College has named Francis Canedo as dean of the Humanities division.   Canedo is a tenured associate professor of Spanish, currently serving as chair of the Foreign Languages Department. She succeeds outgoing dean William Wilson, who retired in June.   “I’m ecstatic to lead the faculty of the Humanities division,” said Canedo. “I feel our faculty is the absolute best on campus.”   ...

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Bristol Compressors closure creates instant action: Career fair just part of effort to make best use of 470 displaced workers

by Scott Robertson Bristol Compressors executives told the company’s 470 employees in Washington County, Va., on July 31 the plant there will close in 60 days. The company was required by The U.S. Department of Labor’s Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act to notify to Washington County government of its plans. Whitney Bonham Czelusniak, economic development director for the county said t ...

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Niswonger Children’s Hospital Classic, World Long Drive bring superstars, family fun

Smokey Robinson will put on a special performance at the Niswonger Performing Arts Center Sunday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. Children’s healthcare in our region will soon get a boost in the form of championship golf, a legendary singer – and a lot of family fun. The World Long Drive event kicks off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 12, with the Tennessee Big Shots men’s preliminary rounds at Cattails at Meadowview in Kin ...

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Wize Solutions aims to bring NoVa work to RoVa

Wize Solutions executive team (L-R) Mark Eschle, Dario Marquez, Wendy Marquez, Jeff Pittges. Since the tech revolution turned Northern Virginia into the eastern version of Silicon Valley, the Commonwealth has often been referred to as NoVa (Northern Virginia) and RoVa (the rest of Virginia). Now a NoVa couple is aiming to bring work from NoVa to RoVa, specifically, Abingdon. "We don't need any more people i ...

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Three VCEDA Region Companies increase Sales and Employment, Graduate from Go Global with Coal and Energy Technology Program

Photo above: Coalfield region companies in the 2016-2018 class of the Go Global with Coal and Energy Technology program, sponsored by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) in a collaboration with the Governor's Office and the Virginia Economic Development Partnership (VEDP), recently graduated during ceremonies in Richmond, Va. From left, are Todd Elswick, Paul’s Fans; Diane Thomas, ...

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