SWVA RISE leadership program prepares for launch

SWVA RISE leadership program prepares for launch

The University of Virginia at Wise is collaborating with several regional partners to launch a new leadership program in Southwest Virginia. SWVA Rise is designed to elevate leader ...

Ballad, Signature cut ribbon on assisted living

Ballad, Signature cut ribbon on assisted living

Above: (L-R) Signature HealthCARE CEO Joe Steier, Johnson City Vice Mayor Joe Wise and Ballad Health Chairman, President and CEO Alan Levine cut the ribbon at Princeton Transitiona ...

Tazewell County firm plans to add up to 28 jobs

Tazewell County firm plans to add up to 28 jobs

Above: (L-R) Eric Young, Tazewell County administrator; Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA executive director/general counsel; Melanie Protti-Lawrence, Lawrence Brothers Inc. president; Ferna ...

Agribusiness top of mind for region’s governors

Agribusiness top of mind for region’s governors

Above: Virginia Governor Ralph Northam and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee The governors of Tennessee and Virginia are both making the case for increased funding for agribusiness. Virg ...

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Costa shares $500 million goal at Eastman Leaders’ Breakfast

Costa shares $500 million goal at Eastman Leaders’ Breakfast

Photo courtesy Eastman by Scott Robertson Despite a challenging fourth quarter of 2018, Eastman Chairman and CEO Mark Costa has doubled down on a year-old statement that the compan ...

Thompson & Litton acquires Beeson Lusk & Street

Thompson & Litton acquires Beeson Lusk & Street

Two of the region's oldest and best known architecture and civil engineering firms have merged. Thompson & Litton (T&L) has announced the acquisition of Beeson Lusk & S ...

Forward Air cuts ribbon on new corporate headquarters

Photo above: Cutting the ribbon – (L to R) Chairman Emeritus Scott Niswonger,  State Representative David Hawk, Sr. Vice President Rodney Bell, and Commissioner of Economic and Community Development Randy Boyd. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson In early 2015, Greeneville, Tenn.-based Forward Air had outgrown its corporate headquarters at the Greeneville – Greene County Municipal Airport. When the ...

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Overcoming observation frustration: Wellmont’s new strategy paying $700,000 a month dividend

By Jeff Keeling Whatever one might choose to call it – a burr in the saddle, a thorn in the side or something else – Wellmont Health System has felt the irritating effects of a growth in “observation” patients for several years. Until the latest fiscal quarter, that is. Following a thorough assessment of the factors behind its rising ratio of admitted patients who were given observation rather than traditio ...

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Revised commitments of hospital systems to Southwest Va. Health Authority

COMMITMENTS CHART   Commitment: In order to ensure pricing is not increased as a result of the elimination of inpatient competition for the majority of consumers covered by third party commercial insurance, pricing will increase by less with the merger than if the merger were not to occur. For all Principal Payers1, the New Health System will reduce existing commercial contracting for fixed rate increa ...

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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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