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Networks: readies for red carpet event

Above: The Core Group of planners meets to discuss logistics of the Red Carpet Tour. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson The economic development game is all about connections. Communities hire economic development professionals to connect with site selection consultants who connect with the companies that can bring jobs back to the communities. The broader a community’s circle of connections grows, ...

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Healthcare Heroes 2016

For the last 23 years, The Business Journal of Tri-Cities, TN/VA has called the attention of the business community to the individuals and organizations that have helped make the provision of health care the largest single industry in the region. It can easily be argued that health care is also the most important industry in the region. After all, without quality health care, no other industry can survive. ...

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Payment reform spurring sea change at clinical level

Above: Bill Spears builds his strength at NHC Health Care in Johnson City. (Photo by Jeff Keeling) By Jeff Keeling (First in a series) Bill Spears pedals a specialized exercise bike inside a therapy room bustling with activity at Johnson City’s NHC Health Care. The Kingsport resident’s arms and legs work in tandem under the watchful eye of a tech. Spears came to NHC from Holston Valley Medical Center, where ...

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Frontier Secure to bring 500 jobs to Wise County

Above: Kelly Morgan, Ron McCall, Kenny Gilley, Jonathan Belcher and Todd McReynolds pose with a check representing VCEDA’s $5.6 million loan. Photos by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Frontier Communications subsidiary Frontier Secure announced on June 29 plans to open a customer service call center in Wise County, Va., investing $10.9 million and creating 500 new jobs in the process. The company has alr ...

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Junior Achievement: Business Hall of Fame 2016

2016 Laureate: Greg Boehling  The words “integrity,” “conscience” and “character” have always been central to the life of Greg Boehling. From his upbringing in Virginia through his career that took him to Texas, South Carolina, Illinois and Alabama, to his ownership of T E C Industrial Maintenance and Construction in Kingsport, Tenn., those concepts have guided his life’s course. Born to Dick and Burnham Bo ...

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Bristol, Va. learns Johnny Mandel was wrong

By Scott Robertson It was as predictable as the sun rising in the east. Bristol, Va., is raising taxes and considering cutting services, and a populace that had been generally quiet while the local government plowed ahead on an ill-advised shopping center development is now lighting the torches and sharpening the pitchforks. It began when Northeast Tennessee developer Stuart Taylor got together with some Ki ...

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TPI: The local manufacturer you’ve seen but probably haven’t heard about

By Scott Robertson The odds are you have driven by the business many times. You may have seen its sign next to Interstate 26’s Gray exit so many times you don’t notice it anymore. But the odds are also good you know very little about the company or its rich history in the region. Yet TPI has been a Tri-Cities-based manufacturer for the last two-thirds of a century, employing more than 500 people and maintai ...

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Washington, Carter, Unicoi counties join economic development efforts

By Scott Robertson The Washington County Economic Development Council Board voted unanimously May 19 to approve the recommended organizational structure for an economic development partnership with Carter and Unicoi counties. The WCEDC has been working for several months with public and private sector representatives from both counties as well as a private consulting firm, Convergent Nonprofit Solutions, to ...

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Alpha’s natural gas assets set to bring $339 million

By Scott Robertson It appears Alpha Natural Resources will garner a $325 million credit bid and a $339.5 million cash bid in the sale of its core assets. The sale is part of Alpha’s Chapter 11 reorganization. As this issue of The Business Journal went to press, U.S. Bankruptcy Court was in the process of determining whether to approve the cash sale of certain assets to Vantage Energy Appalachia II, LLC. Van ...

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Organizers hope SWVA Economic Forum just a first step

Photos by Tim Cox By Jeff Keeling “Don’t be cynical. Be an optimist with concerns,” U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Erskine told more than 300 people gathered at the University of Virginia at Wise May 12. Erskine was among several speakers at the 2016 SWVA Economic Forum, and like his counterparts from business and industry, he emphasized the importance of seve ...

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