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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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Choosing the right incubator or accelerator: Business is less daunting when you know where to start

Photo above: Heath Guinn, Mars Reid and John Campbell at Sync.Space. Photo by Anne Newton Part one of a two-part series By Anne Newton From business incubators that help you get started - to business accelerators that identify what you need to go to the next level - to coworker and makerspaces that offer access to equipment, technology and expertise, whatever your needs, the goal is the same: to develop a s ...

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Angela Braan: Exploiting a gap in the market – with care

Photo above: Angela Braan Photo courtesy Cassia’s Salon & Spa By Gabriel Logan In a region with a relatively low percentage of young entrepreneurs, fewer female entrepreneurs, and very few minority entrepreneurs, Angela Braan, who is a U.S. Army veteran to boot, stands out. Those uncommon qualities haven’t driven the growth of her two-and-a half year old business, Cassia’s Salon & Spa, though. That ...

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New River Hardwoods to invest $3.8 million in Carter County facilities

New River Hardwoods, Inc. officials recently announced the lumber company will invest $3.8 million in its operations in Roan Mountain. New River plans to create around 25 manufacturing and production jobs in Carter County. The company will install new equipment and convert its Roan Mountain log yard into a lumber manufacturing facility.  “I’d like to thank New River Hardwoods for investing in Roan Mountain ...

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