GO Virginia hosts Region One grant workshop

GO Virginia hosts Region One grant workshop

Robyn Lee Parties interested in applying for Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity (GO VA) grants were walked through the process by the regional program director at a Mon ...

Opportunity Knocks: $1 million grant to help ACFCU revitalize neighborhoods

Opportunity Knocks: $1 million grant to help ACFCU revitalize neighborhoods

ACFCU CEO Ron Scott A $1 million grant will help Appalachian Community Federal Credit Union (ACFCU) and partners to revitalize neighborhoods and allow more than 100 low and moderat ...

Public forum scheduled for Northeast State presidential search

Public forum scheduled for Northeast State presidential search

The Tennessee Board of Regents is inviting the public to provide input on priorities in selecting Northeast State’s next president. A public forum is scheduled for Aug. 16 from 1 t ...

First job fair held for displaced Bristol Compressors employees

First job fair held for displaced Bristol Compressors employees

The parking lot of the Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center was full Friday, Aug. 10, as displaced employees of Bristol Compressors met with representatives of 48 employers. ...

August 2018 Edition

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Canedo named dean of Humanities at Northeast State

Canedo named dean of Humanities at Northeast State

Northeast State Community College has named Francis Canedo as dean of the Humanities division.   Canedo is a tenured associate professor of Spanish, currently serving as chair of t ...

Bristol Compressors closure creates instant action: Career fair just part of effort to make best use of 470 displaced workers

Bristol Compressors closure creates instant action: Career fair just part of effort to make best use of 470 displaced workers

by Scott Robertson Bristol Compressors executives told the company’s 470 employees in Washington County, Va., on July 31 the plant there will close in 60 days. The company was requ ...

Legislators return to state capitals with shorter business-related agenda

By Scott Robertson The National Federation of Independent Business has a great line about the need for businesses to be well represented when state legislatures start to meet: “You are either at the table, or you are on the menu.” As rhetoric goes, it’s an appeal to fear, so it’s not quite as strong with business owners who are naturally confident, or with those who are already well-represented by their loc ...

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First Tennessee Development District a quiet force in regional economic development

By Scott Robertson Under Director Susan Reid the First Tennessee Development District (FTDD) hasn’t chased headlines. But behind the scenes the organization has been a regional economic development player for years. It’s not unusual for companies to issue press releases and hold ground-breakings or ribbon-cuttings when they make major hires or purchase a new facility. But what’s rarely said in the releases ...

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Alliance for Business and Technology assisting former CSX employees

Pierce’s empathy, experience benefit 300 who were laid off  By Sarah Colson When CSX Transportation announced it would close its Erwin, Tenn., operations, laying off around 300 employees, Kathy Pierce and the Alliance for Business and Technology (AB&T) began working to help those 300 individuals re-enter the workforce. Pierce, AB&T’s executive director, immediately oversaw the opening of a temporary ...

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Northeast State hits 50: Anniversary celebration to begin January 11

By Thomas Wilson   A U.S. education act long ago breathed life into Northeast State. The simple charge: provide “education for persons of substantially varying needs.” Through the years, there have been name changes, five presidents, several new buildings, and a thousand other transformations. But Northeast State has always lived up to that original mission of serving individuals with diverse needs. Wh ...

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Area farmer Aiken elected Tennessee Farm Bureau president

By Jeff Keeling Jeff Aiken stood outside a barn at his Bowmantown farm in the crisp December air, one of his most crucial tools in hand. Unlike many of the important implements in his agricultural career to date, this one won’t show its usefulness through a weathered combination of grease, dirt and feed. In fact, exposure to any of those ubiquitous elements of farm life would spell big trouble for Aiken’s s ...

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When it comes to health care reform, we’re all frogs – and scorpions

By Jeff Keeling A recent news release from a lobbying group for health insurance companies regarding the proposed Mountain States Health Alliance-Wellmont Health System merger brought to my mind the fable of the frog and the scorpion. In the story, a scorpion and a frog encounter each other on a stream bank. The scorpion asks the frog to carry him across the stream on his back, since he can’t swim. The frog ...

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See our full December 2015 issue with 40 under Forty here

Click the cover photo below to read our entire December issue. It includes this year's class of 40 under Forty recipients, a talk with the financial folks at Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance about their 2015 financials and the effects of health care reform, the top stories of 2015 and much more.  ...

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Answering the challenge: Bristol’s manufacturing workforce focus

By Scott Robertson When Bristol Compressors CEO Ed Gniewek told the Bristol Chamber of Commerce Board this summer that he perceived the qualified workforce in the region to be diminishing to the point where he would consider moving the company’s operations, the Chamber could have reacted in many different ways. Rather than choosing easy ways out like denial, blame-storming or hand-wringing, the Chamber’s re ...

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‘Soft landing’ speeds German springmaker’s transition to states

By Jeff Keeling It took FWG Special Springs roughly a quarter century to make its first foray into North America. Since the Grevenbroich, Germany manufacturer established a tiny beachhead in Johnson City two years ago, things have moved much more quickly – so much so that the company has bought a building and is preparing to manufacture stateside, ahead of schedule. In mid-2013, company founder Manfred Albr ...

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The Business Journal Q&A: Bart Hove, President & CEO, Wellmont Health System

The Business Journal: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us. Let’s just begin with an overview of where Wellmont stands in the merger process at this point. Bart Hove: Since our April announcement, a lot of work has taken place. One of the first pieces of business associated with that was to form our joint board task force and our integration council, which you’ve heard a lot of the descriptions of th ...

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