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GO VA Region 1 plan headed to GO Board

Photo Above: Melinda Thayer Leland of Virginia Highlands Community College outlines recommendations during the Aug. 3 stakeholder meetingin Marion.  Photos by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Following a whirlwind August and a Sept. 7 board meeting in Wytheville, GO VA’s Region 1 (GO VA 1) staff is sending the region’s Economic Growth and Diversification Plan to Richmond for review and approval by the sta ...

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Higher Education: Building tomorrow’s workforce today

Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center to offer cybersecurity certifications through ODU By Scott Robertson Institutions like the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center are founded on the concept of partnerships beneficial to the surrounding region. That description fits the creation of the just-announced Cisco Networking and Cybersecurity Academy at the center to a tee. In an environment in which V ...

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Reaping a stronger workforce

Photo above: Kevin Stafford, vice president of Marketing, Food City The fifth in a series of “Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce” articles by the United Way of Southwest Virginia We cannot reap a harvest if we do not plant seeds, nor can we reap a harvest if we plant seeds but fail to care for them as they grow. We’re not talking only about crops, though. The statement also holds true speaking metaphorically ab ...

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All economics is local

By Scott Roberston I’d like to humbly propose a corollary to the old adage that all politics is local. All economics is local. I spoke recently with a Northeast Tennessee county mayor who’d had site selectors in his county looking at an industrial property. They spent more time talking about the regional workforce than anything else. 100,000 square feet of flat land is 100,000 square feet of flat land. But ...

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Northeast State president James King sets to rightsizing the cash-strapped college

Photo above: James King in the Northeast State library. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson Northeast State Community College has been long on ambition since the arrival of now-former President Dr. Janice Gilliam in 2009, but has been increasingly short on cash. New satellite campuses have been opened in Bristol and Johnson City yet Northeast State has actually been losing students. Spending, until ...

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HMG, SoFHA CEOs: Independents’ input critical for COPA success

I just think the hospitals are going to need to be affiliative in order to have the services they currently provide be high quality and low cost, rather than trying to sort of be dominant. - Dr. Scott Fowler, CEO, Holston Medical Group If you have the correct organizational structure with transparency and accountability and input from the private health community, you’re going to increase the likelihood tha ...

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2017 Healthcare Hereos

For the last quarter century, The Business Journal of Tri-Cities, TN/VA has called the attention of the business community to the individuals and organizations who make a positive impact on the provision of health care in the region. Health care makes up one-sixth of the nation’s economy, and is an even larger player in the local economy. Two of the three largest employers in the region are healthcare compa ...

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Turning a passion into a career in Lebanon

Photo above: Angie Vanover found both a calling and a career The third in a series of “Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce” articles by the United Way of Southwest Virginia We’re losing them - we need 300cc’s of volunteerism, stat! Only one in four of America’s teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 currently volunteers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, but volunteering can help identify passio ...

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Why Haslam went up the creek

Photo above: Governor Bill Haslam listens as Sonny Fletcher points to a picture of his father behind the counter of his store in Stoney Creek. John Fletcher (middle) looks on. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Roberston The press release says it happened in Elizabethton, but don’t be fooled. Governor Bill Haslam didn’t go to Elizabethton last month to celebrate the passage of the IMPROVE Act and its one-cen ...

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