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Tri-Cities Airport Authority narrows search for executive director to three

The Tri-Cities Airport Authority (TCAA) has released the names of the executive director candidates who will be interviewed on Monday, January 7. The finalists being interviewed are Gene Cossey, executive director of the University of Illinois – Willard Airport, Champaign, Ill.; Rick Feltner, airport director, Minot International Airport, Minot, N.D.; and Shaun Germolus, executive director, Chisholm-Hibbing ...

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Three regional Chambers sign regionalism resolution

The 2018 and 2019 chairs of the Chamber of the Chamber of Commerce Serving Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County; the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and the Bristol Chamber of Commerce have joined the presidents/CEOs of those organizations in signing a resolution to establish a committee to foster regional cooperation. The resolution says the committee will, “determine how to ask the hard que ...

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2018 KOSBE Award winners announced

Thirteen local small business award winners were announced at the 2018 KOSBE Awards at Meadowview Marriott in Kingsport on December 13th. · 2018 Food Business Excellence – Santa Fe Mexican Grill · 2018 Franchise Business Excellence – Stanley Steemer · 2018 New Business Excellence – Taylor’s Martial Arts Academy · 2018 Retail Business Excellence – Just Dandy Boutique · 2018 Woman-Owned Business Excellence – ...

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Bristolians hear good and bad news regarding passenger rail

Consultant Rich Sampson speaks in Bristol, Va. The good news is: there is a financial justification for extending Amtrak passenger service from Roanoke to Bristol. The bad news is: the railway that owns the tracks will have to be heavily incentivized to come to the table. That was the word from Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) Communications Director Richard Sampson and his team at a p ...

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Johnson City Chamber plans move to Mill; Mabrey to move on

Owner Grant Summers explains renovation details during a November 2018 tour of the former Model Mill building. Photo by Bill Derby, publisher. The Board of Directors of the Chamber of the Chamber of Commerce Serving Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County announced a pair of planned changes for 2019. The Chamber plans to move its headquarters to the newly renovated former Model Mill at some point i ...

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Stacy, McGlothlin pitch casino for former Bristol Mall property

Jim McGlothlin stands in front of what he hopes will be the entrance to the new casino in the old Bristol Mall. Photo by Tara Hodges, SweetSnaps Photography By Scott Robertson Clyde Stacy and Jim McGlothlin, two men with a history of starting successful companies, are taking a long-shot gamble with multi-million dollar stakes in Bristol, Va. It’s a necessary gamble, they say, because the city is facing a bo ...

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Carrico, Q’Quinn to carry casino referendum legislation

Delegate Israel O’Quinn listens as State Senator Bill Carrico briefs reporters on plans for the bills to authorize a referendum in Bristol on the casino. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Calling themselves the two least likely Virginia state legislators to carry gambling legislation, Delegate Israel O’Quinn and State Senator Bill Carrico announced they would, nevertheless, do just that. At a news ...

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The Bloom Farm, LLC Receives VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Grant

Above: Mitzi Sykes, economic development director, Dickenson County; Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA executive director/general counsel; Steven Baker, owner, The Bloom Farm; Geena Phipps, The Bloom Farm; and Tim Blankenbecler, director of the Small Business Development Center, Mountain Empire Community College. A veteran of the coal and oil industries is trading in his energy career for an entrepreneurial venture i ...

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Regional ACOs generate cumulative $100+ million in Medicare savings

Above: Rich Panek Since 2012, Qualuable and AnewCare, two Accountable Care Organizations in the region,  have generated more than $100 million in Medicare savings between them. Recently, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released performance year 2017 results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). 472 MSSP Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) across the country participated and 159 (or 34 p ...

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