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First Tennessee Development District planning to use foundation for regional economic development

Pictured above: Pat Hardy By Scott Robertson Six individuals representing the governments of the cities, towns and counties of Northeast Tennessee are working on a plan to use the First Tennessee Development District Foundation as a regional economic development hub. FTDD Executive Director Chris Craig and Retired FTDD Executive Director Susan Reid are working with Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable, Was ...

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Eastman responding to existing and potential effects of Coronavirus on operations, supply chain and markets

Pictured Above Mark Cox By Scott Robertson Eastman’s approach to the Coronavirus is to be overprepared but to respond proportionately to whatever arises, said Mark Cox, senior vice president, chief manufacturing, supply chain and engineering officer. Cox is heading up Eastman’s task force responding to Coronavirus concerns. Cox spoke with bjournal.com recently about the company’s response to the crisis in t ...

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Baumgardner to oversee Food City media and public relations

Tammy Baumgardner Food City recently announced the appointment of Tammy Baumgardner to the newly created position of senior manager of Public Relations. Baumgardner brings more than 32 years of industry knowledge and experience to this key role, including 22 years in media and community relations. “Tammy’s broad experience inside our organization makes her uniquely qualified for this very important role,” s ...

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On-again, off-again Northeast State hangar project at TRI is on again

Executive Director Gene Cossey (center) reports on the proposed memorandum of understanding between the airport, Northeast State Community College and the Tennessee Board of Regents. PHOTOS BY SCOTT ROBERTSON Northeast State Community College and Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) are back in the workforce development business together. A project in which the college and airport will work together to create a space f ...

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Jarden Zinc Products rebranding to ARTAZN LLC

Tom Wennogle Change marks half-century in the Greeneville, Tenn., community by Karen Janette Those with long memories will know this is not the first time the name on the sign has changed, but the leaders of what has since 2004 been known as Jarden Zinc Products point out a long history of service to the community, whatever the name. In fact, 50 years ago, when Jarden Zinc opened the doors to its Greenevill ...

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When Bristol went to Greenville

Greenville Mayor Knox White addresses the Bristol Chamber Board of Directors. Bristol Chamber Board picks the brains of the best and brightest in South Carolina’s upstate by Scott Robertson The scene could easily have been State Street. Two dozen or so Bristolians walked briskly through cold morning air on wide sidewalks alongside a two-lane main thoroughfare. But on the morning of February 20, the scene wa ...

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Rebranded FoundersForge touts positive momentum during summit meeting

FoundersForge co-founder David Nelson with BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE By Dave Ongie Less than a month after StartupTri rebranded as FoundersForge, the entrepreneurial support effort held a summit at BrightRidge on Feb. 20. The event featured an update on BrightRidge’s broadband rollout and provided entrepreneurs with the opportunity to share their new initiatives in a “Minute to Win It” ...

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Tourism: Rocky Mount names new executive director

Cody Boring Cody Boring has been named executive director of the Rocky Mount Historical Association. The association’s Board of Trustees, which sets the direction for Rocky Mount State Historic Site, chose Boring after a national search. He oversees the scenic 37-acre site, its multiple historic structures, a museum and the popular Cotswold sheep, as well as a dedicated team of staff members and volunteers. ...

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StartupTri rebrands as FoundersForge, reprioritizes entrepreneurship support efforts

By Scott Robertson One of the leading entrepreneurial support efforts in the region is making major changes in an effort to gain greater relevance and expand its ability to serve to a regional scale. The former StartupTri announced at a news conference at Spark Plaza in Johnson City Jan. 30 it is rebranding to become FoundersForge (#StartTheForge, https://myfoundersforge.com, @foundersforge). “Four years ag ...

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