Virginia approves Ballad cooperative agreement

Virginia approves Ballad cooperative agreement

Photo above: Mountain States President and CEO Alan Levine addresses the Southwest Virginia Health Authority, Oct. 14. By Scott Robertson Just after 3 p.m., Oct. 30, 2017, Mountain ...

Northeast State will  close Bristol site after current semester: Gray site to be sold, Johnson City and Elizabethton remain in long-range plans

Northeast State will close Bristol site after current semester: Gray site to be sold, Johnson City and Elizabethton remain in long-range plans

By Scott Robertson Northeast State Community College will close its Bristol campus at the end of the fall 2017 semester. The decision is part of the College’s correction action pla ...

Economic Development 101: NETWORKS’ Walker on “Selling Your Site” panel

Economic Development 101: NETWORKS’ Walker on “Selling Your Site” panel

Photo above: (L-R) Panelists Mike Evans, Clay Walker, Brad Maul and Bryan Daniels at the Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development Oct. 26 in Gatlinburg.  Photo b ...

Wells Fargo chief economist: Interest hikes coming; willingness to embrace deficits is surprising

Wells Fargo chief economist: Interest hikes coming; willingness to embrace deficits is surprising

Photo above: John Silvia, chief economist, Wells Fargo, at Bristol’s Paramount Center, Oct. 19. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson The chief economist for Wells Fargo told ...

Region’s manufacturers announce growth in October

Region’s manufacturers announce growth in October

The region’s manufacturing economy got a boost in October from two expansions and one acquisition. Jarden Zinc will add jobs in Greene County, Techni-Glass will add jobs in Hawkins ...

GO Virginia issues call for projects in need of funding

GO Virginia issues call for projects in need of funding

$500,000 available for projects that fund region’s economy The wait is over for entrepreneurs who believe they have a great idea for a business that could create jobs and economic ...

Faith in the Future honorees named

Faith in the Future honorees named

Photo above: The 2017 class of Faith in the Future award winners is the eighth class of honorees named. Photo by Jeff Derby The winners of the 2017 CenturyLink Faith in the Future ...

HMG, SoFHA CEOs: Independents’ input critical for COPA success

I just think the hospitals are going to need to be affiliative in order to have the services they currently provide be high quality and low cost, rather than trying to sort of be dominant. - Dr. Scott Fowler, CEO, Holston Medical Group If you have the correct organizational structure with transparency and accountability and input from the private health community, you’re going to increase the likelihood tha ...

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2017 Healthcare Hereos

For the last quarter century, The Business Journal of Tri-Cities, TN/VA has called the attention of the business community to the individuals and organizations who make a positive impact on the provision of health care in the region. Health care makes up one-sixth of the nation’s economy, and is an even larger player in the local economy. Two of the three largest employers in the region are healthcare compa ...

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Turning a passion into a career in Lebanon

Photo above: Angie Vanover found both a calling and a career The third in a series of “Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce” articles by the United Way of Southwest Virginia We’re losing them - we need 300cc’s of volunteerism, stat! Only one in four of America’s teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19 currently volunteers, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, but volunteering can help identify passio ...

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Why Haslam went up the creek

Photo above: Governor Bill Haslam listens as Sonny Fletcher points to a picture of his father behind the counter of his store in Stoney Creek. John Fletcher (middle) looks on. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Roberston The press release says it happened in Elizabethton, but don’t be fooled. Governor Bill Haslam didn’t go to Elizabethton last month to celebrate the passage of the IMPROVE Act and its one-cen ...

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NN, Inc. to sell Precision Bearing Components Group

NN Inc., a Johnson City-based industrial parts manufacturing company, announced this week it is selling off its Precision Bearing Components Group, which includes its properties in Erwin and Mountain City. The deal with Tsubaki Nakashima Co., Ltd., will bring NN $375 million in cash. It will close later this quarter, subject to regulatory approval. “We think it will close in between 30 and 60 days,” said Ri ...

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Eastman, Costa inducted into JA Business Hall of Fame

2017 Laureate: Mark J. Costa Mark J. Costa, chairman and CEO of Eastman, rose from working class, if not humble, beginnings. He was born to Alice and Donald Costa and raised in Salinas, California. Donald Costa was a first-generation American, his parents having emigrated from Portugal. An entrepreneur, Donald became successful in agriculture and trucking, eventually giving Mark the opportunity to become th ...

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Miyake Forging to invest $13.7 million in new Phipps Bend plant

Photo above: The June 7 groundbreaking  Photos courtesy NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership By Scott Roberston Miyake Forging, a Japan-based bearing and parts company, announced in June it will build a new automotive bearing parts manufacturing facility in Surgoinsville, Tenn.’s Phipps Bend Industrial Park. The company said it will create 60 jobs and invest $13.7 million in its inaugural North American operation. ...

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Pending Kmart closure creates commercial real estate buzz

Photo above: The lot’s ease of access to I-26 and State of Franklin Road will be a unique selling point.  Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson With the June 6 announcement from Sears/Kmart corporate headquarters that Kmart store 7353 in Johnson City would be shuttered, a new excitement surrounding the future of that piece of land has arisen. If, as the old joke goes, the three most important factors ...

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Laughlin, Mountain States complete merger

Photo above: Alan Levine of Mountain States and Chuck Whitfield of Laughlin at the November merger announcement (file photo) By Scott Roberson Laughlin Memorial Hospital and Mountain States Health Alliance officially joined Mountain States Health Alliance June 30, completing a merger that had been announced last November. “This historic step will help preserve and strengthen Laughlin Memorial Hospital,” sai ...

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