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Downtown Bristol’s First Nationally Branded Hotel Breaks Ground on State Street

Aimbridge Hospitality, the nation’s largest hotel management firm, and Tenneva, a local real estate company, held a ceremonial groundbreaking June 7 for a new Holiday Inn and Suites by IHG. A group of 60 business and community representatives gathered at the construction site for the official launch of the $20 million project, situated directly adjacent to the Bristol Chamber of Commerce near the intersecti ...

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Workforce development a hot topic during Roe’s roundtable discussions

By Dave Ongie Congressman Phil Roe spent most of his day recently listening to the concerns of his constituents during three separate roundtable discussions held at the Carnegie Hotel in Johnson City. Roe heard from manufacturers, women in business and construction professionals during the three sessions, and workforce development was a common thread that ran through all three meetings. After opening his ma ...

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NFIB endorses O’Quinn

The NFIB Virginia PAC, the political action committee of the small business advocacy organization, has announced its endorsement of Delegate Israel O’Quinn, who is seeking re-election to Virginia’s 5th House District seat. The NFIB Virginia PAC is comprised exclusively of NFIB members. “Delegate O’Quinn has a proven track record of supporting small businesses,” said Nicole Riley, NFIB’s state director for V ...

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ETSU to host September regional economic forum

By Scott Robertson Regionalism will be top-of-mind when East Tennessee State University hosts an economic forum tentatively scheduled for Sept. 10 at the Millennium Center in Johnson City. Eastman Senior Vice President, Chief Legal and Sustainability Officer and Corporate Secretary David Golden was the first to confirm plans for the forum, saying several private sector entities have been discussing the poss ...

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Global Entry enrollment center opens at TRI

Customs agents enroll former TRI Customs Port Director George Faron, the first TRI-based traveler in the Global Entry program, May 22. International travelers seeking to take part in the US Customs/TSA Global Entry program can now make their applications at Tri-Cities Airport. Previously, travelers in the region had to drive for hours to make the mandatory in-person application. The closest enrollment cente ...

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Tannery Knobs one step closer to opening after Commission vote

Grant Summers (right) receives a souvenir from Abraham McIntyre during a SORBA Summit event atop Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park last Friday. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE  By Dave Ongie, News Editor, The Johnson City News & Neighbor For months, the only thing that has prevented mountain bikers from swooping down one of the many trails that snake their way around Tannery Knobs Mountain Bike Park i ...

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Klososky points SWVA Economic Forum toward “digital transformation”

Technology expert Scott Koslosky used the keynote address at the Southwest Virginia Economic Forum at the University of Virginia – Wise to encourage attendees to move toward earlier adoption of technologies in an effort to bring economic growth to the region. “Humans and technology are integrating in a way we’ve never seen.” Koslosky said. “It will completely change the economy.” New connections have the ab ...

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Merj Enters CBD Arena, Bringing Large-Scale Industrial Hemp Cultivation and Processing to Northeast Tennessee

A transformation is taking place in northeast Tennessee, one that could propel the region to being recognized as the hub of hemp production for the Southeast and beyond. For many years, Merj family farmland in Sullivan County supported stocks of cattle and crops of corn and alfalfa. Now, following passage of the 2018 Farm Bill, which provided for industrial hemp cultivation, the first of many Cannabis sativ ...

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ebm-papst to bring 175-200 jobs to Washington County

(L-R) Allen Borden, Bobby Rolfe, Joe Grandy, Alicia Summers, Joe Wise, Mark Shiring, Michael Wackenhut, Mitch Miller. Photo courtesy NeTREP by Scott Robertson A Germany-based electric motor and fan manufacturing company will begin operations at a temporary site in Johnson City in a few weeks before building its own plant in the Washington County Industrial Park. ebm-papst U.S. President Mark Shiring was joi ...

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Johnson City Center taking shape

A worker helps raise the the new Johnson City Center sign on the former K-Mart property on Peoples Street last week. The new Johnson City Center will be anchored by Hobby Lobby, At Home and a third occupant that has yet to be named. PHOTOS BY DAVE ONGIE Chase Buchanan, manager of Batteries Plus Bulbs, expects the redevelopment of the K-Mart property to have a positive impact on all the businesses located on ...

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