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First class in economy

By Scott Robertson By rights, it should have been a nightmare. One of American Airlines’ carriers, PSA, had a massive computer failure last month. Over five-plus days, 2,700 flights were cancelled. Charlotte, N.C. reportedly ran out of rental cars. Hotels were full. The airport concourses were what I refer to as “angry people soup.” There, in the middle of it all, hoping to get to a better place (a low bar ...

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2018 Business Hall of Fame Laureate: Alan Levine

Photo above: Laura and Alan Levine Where there is no vision, the people perish. -Proverbs 29:18 Those who know and have done business with Alan Levine are not surprised to see Proverbs 29:18 on a plaque just outside his office. Levine is known throughout the region as the man whose vision took Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System - two business rivals with a long history of sometimes u ...

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Southwest Virginia Economic Forum focuses on “Talent”

Photo above: Recipients of KIVA loans gather to discuss their entrepreneurial success. By Scott Robertson The 2018 Southwest Virginia Economic Forum May 17 at the University of Virginia at Wise promised a great deal of informative content. Listed on the agenda were a panel discussion on what communities in neighboring states are doing to drive economic development, a talk by Travis Staton on efforts to brid ...

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Tri-Cities Airport: Marketing Aerospace Park: Earth has been turned on site, now the marketers are moving heaven and earth to find tenants

Photo above: Mark Canty poses with Aerospace Park in the background. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson The effort to bring the first tenants to the aerospace industry-targeted park on the south side of the main runway at Tri-Cities airport is a multi-faceted affair. After all, when one invests just shy of $20 million in creation of a park to attract high-paying jobs and capital investment, one doe ...

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Higher Education

From honors students working their way to upper management or medical careers to high school equivalency earners seeking to attain certifications in specific trades, the higher education student spectrum has broadened greatly over the last several years. Throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, an array of community colleges, public and private four-year colleges and universities, and higher e ...

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Microporous to announce $20 million Piney Flats expansion

Photo above: The Microporous executive team credits the rank-and-file employees of the plant for making the planned expansion possible. Photos by Tara Hodges, Sweet Snaps Photography By Scott Robertson Microporous has scheduled groundbreaking for a major plant expansion at its Piney Flats, Tenn., facility June 13. The company plans to invest $20 million in a capital project to triple the facility’s output o ...

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Ignite program receives $250,000 GO Virginia grant: Funds to bridge gap between worlds of education, employment

Photo above: Southwest Virginia teachers spend a day working at Mohawk Industries as part of the Ignite program. Photo courtesy United Way of Southwest Virginia By Scott Robertson The Ignite program of the United Way of Southwest Virginia received a $250,000 grant from Growth and Opportunity for Virginia (GO Virginia) April 10 in Richmond. The funds will be used to fund an internship project as part of a co ...

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