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LaunchTN partners with Sync.Space for NE TN return

Heath Guinn LaunchTN, the public-private partnership designed to assist entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in the Volunteer State is back in business in Northeast Tennessee. LaunchTN is partnering with Kingsport-based Sync.Space with the goal of creating an accelerator/incubator program in Northeast Tennessee. A confluence of events, including the election of a governor whose administration places an emp ...

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Richmond Fed president seeks workforce answers in SW Va

Above: Richmond Fed President Tom Barkin. PHOTO BY KERI STEGALL Most people know the Federal Reserve Bank only as the “up-a-quarter-point, down-a quarter-point” institution. But, armed with a broader mandate and a serious question, Richmond Fed President and CEO Tom Barkin visited Abingdon, Va., Aug. 5 to hear from business, not-for-profit, and government leaders about the regional economy. “Our mandate inc ...

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Former VHCC president to helm VBC rollout

The Virginia Business College Board has named Dr. Gene Couch, Jr as its President. Couch has more than 35 years of higher education experience - as a faculty member, program director, division chair, program developer, chief academic officer, senior administrator for academic and student services, as an executive vice president and most recently as the president of Virginia Highlands Community College. Couc ...

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Klososky points SWVA Economic Forum toward “digital transformation”

Technology expert Scott Koslosky used the keynote address at the Southwest Virginia Economic Forum at the University of Virginia – Wise to encourage attendees to move toward earlier adoption of technologies in an effort to bring economic growth to the region. “Humans and technology are integrating in a way we’ve never seen.” Koslosky said. “It will completely change the economy.” New connections have the ab ...

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Ballad, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, SCC launch new regional initiative

Representatives from Ballad Health, Speedway Children's Charities and Niswonger Children's Hospital announced a new regional initiative called STRONG Kids last Wednesday in Bristol. From left, BMS vice-president Julie Bennett, Speedway Children's Charities director Claudia Byrd, Balla Health vice-president Paula Masters and Niswonger Children's Hospital CEO Lisa Carter. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE By Dave Ongie, Ne ...

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Washington County, Tenn., wooing German HVAC manufacturer

Alicia Summers Photo by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson Economic developers in Washington County, Tenn., are hoping to lure a German company that manufactures fans, motors and other components for the heating and air conditioning units in the automotive and other sectors. The county is competing with one other location in Tennessee and one site in Texas for the business, according to Alicia Summers of th ...

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Aundrea Wilcox earns economic developer certification

Aundrea Wilcox Aundrea Wilcox, CEcD, Executive Director of The Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE), at the Kingsport Chamber, earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth.  The CEcD exam ...

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The Business of Aging… coming in March

The March 2019 issue of The Business Journal of Tri-Cities TN/VA takes a deep dive into the business of aging. How is the accelerating demographic shift affecting market sectors from wealth management to health care? And, how will the graying of the region affect businesses that don’t deal directly with the seniors market as the overall economy changes? Reserve your space in this special focus section now. ...

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McCord honored by Leadership Kingsport

The Kingsport Chamber’s Leadership Kingsport program is proud to honor business leader and community volunteer CeeGee McCord as the newest recipient of the Distinguished Leadership award.  A native of Kingsport, past Kingsport Chamber chair, a 1999 graduate of Leadership Kingsport, McCord is the global public and community affairs director at Eastman. “CeeGee McCord means so much to this community,” city of ...

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