25th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala

25th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala

The 1,000th member of the Tri-Cities’ class of 40 Under Forty honorees was named at the 25th Annual 40 Under Forty gala Oct. 6 at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City. “The 40 Und ...

Region’s governments unite behind Aerospace Park: Up next: TDOT grant application

Region’s governments unite behind Aerospace Park: Up next: TDOT grant application

Photo above: Bristol Mayor Jack Young, Johnson City Mayor David Tomita, Kingsport Mayor John Clark, Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable, Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge and ...

BTES wins Baldrige Award

BTES wins Baldrige Award

Photo above: (L-R top row): Supervisor of Customer Service Diane Smith, Supervisor of Networks Michael Parker, System Engineer Chris De Troye, Supervisor of Electric Engineering Da ...

KIA dealership the first confirmed tenant at Tri-Cities Crossing

KIA dealership the first confirmed tenant at Tri-Cities Crossing

By Scott Robertson The long-awaited first tenant in the Tri-Cities Crossing development at the intersection of Interstates 26 and 81 has been announced. Local automobile dealer Cha ...

Financial Empowerment Network making $2.25 million investment in Southwest Virginia

Financial Empowerment Network making $2.25 million investment in Southwest Virginia

By Scott Robertson In Southwest Virginia, nearly 59 percent of the population does not have high enough income to afford a basic household budget that includes housing, child care, ...

This was the year that was…

This was the year that was…

By Scott Robertson One nice thing about The Business Journal is that we don’t exist merely as what comedian Flip Wilson once referred to as a “church of what’s happening now.” The ...

December 2017 – Full Edition

December 2017 – Full Edition

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Grading set to begin at Washington County, Tenn., industrial park

Photo above: Geotech studies occurred at the industrial park site this summer. Photo by Scott Robertson By Jeff Keeling The Washington County Economic Development Council (EDC) is on the cusp of two significant achievements that have been a while in coming – one organizational, the other developmental. At the EDC’s Oct. 20 board meeting, members heard updates on both. A partially grant-funded project to gra ...

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Garland goes Greene: Former Tennessee economic developer settles in as Greene County Partnership CEO

Photo above: Garland at his desk.  Photos by Scott Robertson Matt Garland has hit the ground running as the new president/CEO of the Greene County Partnership. Garland, who has worked in Northeast Tennessee for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development for the last eight years, already knows the people, places and things that will make the difference in Greene County’s efforts to attrac ...

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Work Ready Communities program expands

Photo above: Mayors Dan Eldridge of Washington County and Richard Venable of Sullivan County announce the eight-county Work Ready Community effort at the headquarters of the First Tennessee Development District. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson In a moment months in the making, the mayors of Washington and Sullivan counties stood together in the First Tennessee Development District rose garden Oc ...

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“Antsy” lenders create opportunity for Emory & Henry: College breaks ground on apartment-style community

Photo above: Rick Gaumer, vice president for Business and Finance speaks at the Oct. 7 groundbreaking as President Jake Schrum looks on. By Scott Robertson Emory & Henry College broke ground Oct. 7 on a $12.5 million residence hall construction project to create 197 more beds for on-campus student living. Eight small residence halls, including six apartment-style halls, and a community center will be ad ...

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Hospital merger process kicks into high gear in Virginia

Photo above: SVHA board members Dr. Dixie Tooke-Rawlins, Dr. Sue Cantrell and Dr. Donna Henry listen during the board’s Oct. 27 meeting.  Photos by Jeff Keeling   By Jeff Keeling We are well aware of the economic and healthcare challenges facing this region. The question for us, and more importantly the question for the Authority, is whether this merger is the only way to address the issues at the cost ...

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First Bank & Trust honored for Agribusiness support

Photo above: Jamie Whitacre, Keith Phillips, William Hayter and Gene Copenhaver accept the Agribusiness of the Year Award Oct. 17.   First Bank & Trust Company was recently awarded the Virginia Agribusiness Council’s 2016 Agribusiness of the Year Award. Council Chair Lynn Graves presented the award during the Council’s Annual Membership Meeting in Winchester. The recognition is presented annually t ...

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Award to help ACFCU extend services, lending

Photo Above: Fran Lutz, Interim CEO, Opportunity Finance Network; Allison Clark, Associate Director, Program Related Investments, MacArthur Foundation; Ron Scott, President & CEO, ACFCU; Mike Rizer, Executive Vice President and Director, Community Relations at Wells Fargo Bank; Tony Berkley, Vice President, Strategy & Impact, Prudential Financial, Inc.   By Jeff Keeling Appalachian Community Fe ...

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Corker bullish on bank regulation reform in 2017

By Scott Robertson The tide of banking regulation that swept over America after the Great Recession of 2008 may finally have reached crest stage. You’ll forgive small community bankers, though, if they’re not celebrating. The floodwaters aren’t rising anymore, but the house is still under water. When TriSummit Bancorp and HomeTrust Bancshares announced their merger Sept. 21 in Kingsport, TriSummit CEO Lynn ...

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Merger decision: It’s about real people, with real families, in real communities

By Jeff Keeling It took a self-effacing grandfather to convey the true import of a drama that’s been unfolding for more than two years now, the results of which could impact every person, community and business in the region for decades. By the time Dick Brownlee stepped to the podium inside a room at the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center the evening of Oct. 27, that day’s chapter of the drama had ...

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The election is over. The question remains: Who should lead?

“You are 40 young men and women who are making a difference in your home and your workplace and in your community. You are 40 of the reasons we have a bright future as we look toward a tomorrow that is increasingly interconnected and globally competitive – and for the record, you are 40 people who would all make better presidential candidates than the two we have to choose from.” -  Dr. Bill Greer, Milligan ...

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