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Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center breaks ground on expansion, announces new Radford University master’s program

It’s been a busy week at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon. Not only did the center break ground on a $2.6 million expansion of its facility, it also announced it would host a new master’s degree program for Radford University. The expansion, funded by the Virginia General Assembly, will include expansion of the existing testing center, as well as new classrooms and meeting space, a ...

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40 Under Forty Honors Business Community’s 2019 Rising Stars

A crowd of around 300 members of the Tri-Cities business community gathered Oct. 4 to fete this year’s class of young professionals at the 27th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala at the Blackthorn Club in Jonesborough. “These remarkable young individuals have distinguished themselves not only with their business acumen, but also with their drive to lead, and their commitment to serve the communities in which they l ...

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Foam Products Corporation invests in, expands Erwin operations

Perry Muse, Foam Products Corp., vice president of Manufacturing and general manager Georgia-based Foam Products Corp., cut the ribbon on an expansion to its Erwin, Tenn., manufacturing facility Dec. 6. The company purchased the building which it had been leasing at a price of $5 million, according to Perry Muse, vice president of Manufacturing and general manager. In addition, the company has invested more ...

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Kelly Price to become ECU CEO Jan. 1, 2020

Kelly Price Eastman Credit Union’s board of directors announced in September of 2019 that Kelly Price, current executive vice president, will succeed Olan Jones upon his retirement beginning January 1, 2020, as the next CEO & president of ECU. Fielding Rolston, who served as ECU’s board chairman for 22 years was very supportive of Price, as is current chairman, E. Wayne Kirk. “Kelly has proven herself a ...

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25th KOSBE Awards feature Carmack, Royston, Hillhouse and Kontos

The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE) held the 25th Annual KOSBE Awards Dec. 5 at the MeadowView Conference Resort & Convention Center. More than 300 business leaders and entrepreneurs showed up for the awards gala, including all of Pal’s Sudden Service operators. The Pal’s organization was on hand to witness an honored guest, Hal Carmack. Carmack was presente ...

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Dickenson County Named ACT Certified Work Ready Community

(Left to right): Rita Surratt, President and CEO of Dickenson County Chamber and Tourism Director; Cody Mumpower, representative of 9th District Congressman Morgan Griffith's Office; Meagan Healy, Chief Workforce Development Advisor for Governor Ralph Northam; Larry Yates, Dickenson County Industrial Development Authority; Denechia Edwards, Director of Special Education, Career and Technical Education at Di ...

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Appalachian League’s future uncertain following MLB proposal

By Dave Ongie On a Tuesday morning in late autumn 2019, Randy Boyd approved significant upgrades to three ballparks occupied by the Appalachian League teams owned an operated by Boyd Sports, LLC. The Greeneville Reds would get a new video board, while the parks the Johnson City Cardinals and Elizabethton Twins call home were in line for major improvements as well. Two days later, a letter arrived from Minor ...

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Region’s bankers are cautiously optimistic heading into 2020

by Scott Robertson Bankers who are stuck in old ways of thinking are as irrelevant as free toasters and Christmas clubs. Twenty years ago, no one would have predicted Dodd-Frank level regulation or the rise of fintech (financial technology) much less the questions regarding banking cannabis-based businesses. Clearly, this is not your father’s banking industry. The last two weeks of October are lobbying seas ...

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BTES, NETWORKS earn international honor

Two Northeast Tennessee organizations were honored by a worldwide economic development professional organization recently. NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services won Gold Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC). The honor was presented at an awards ceremony on Tuesday, October 15 during the IEDC Annual Conference in Indianapolis, IN. NETWORKS’ entry, ...

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