Rebranded FoundersForge touts positive momentum during summit meeting

Rebranded FoundersForge touts positive momentum during summit meeting

FoundersForge co-founder David Nelson with BrightRidge CEO Jeff Dykes. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE By Dave Ongie Less than a month after StartupTri rebranded as FoundersForge, the entrepre ...

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Tourism: Rocky Mount names new executive director

Tourism: Rocky Mount names new executive director

Cody Boring Cody Boring has been named executive director of the Rocky Mount Historical Association. The association’s Board of Trustees, which sets the direction for Rocky Mount S ...

StartupTri rebrands as FoundersForge, reprioritizes entrepreneurship support efforts

StartupTri rebrands as FoundersForge, reprioritizes entrepreneurship support efforts

By Scott Robertson One of the leading entrepreneurial support efforts in the region is making major changes in an effort to gain greater relevance and expand its ability to serve t ...

The Angel Roundtable invests in local entrepreneur

The Angel Roundtable invests in local entrepreneur

Preston Dishner (left) and Lia Winter The Angel Roundtable (ART), the angel investment network of the Appalachian Highlands, announced this week a new investment in Winter Innovati ...

Hill, Hodges introduce bipartisan insulin price-control bill

Hill, Hodges introduce bipartisan insulin price-control bill

State Representatives Matthew Hill (left) and Jason Hodges State Rep. Matthew Hill, R-Jonesborough, and State Rep. Jason Hodges, D-Clarksville, today announced they would join toge ...

Greene County Partnership CEO resigns

Greene County Partnership CEO resigns

Matt Garland The executive board of the Greene County Partnership Monday received and accepted the resignation of CEO Matt Garland. Garland had joined the partnership in late 2016 ...

An open letter from the Chambers of Commerce

The Chambers of Commerce of Kingsport, Bristol and Johnson City/Jonesborough/Washington County endorse the proposed merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance to an integrated single system.  We believe this offers the best opportunity for the betterment of our region’s healthcare. Each Chamber board met with the individual health systems while Wellmont was pursuing three alternati ...

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Physicians address merger’s impact on clinicians

By Jeff Keeling When he spoke at the Wellmont Health System-Mountain States Health Alliance merger announcement April 2, Dr. Jeff Farrow was effusive in his praise of the proposed deal’s benefits for physicians.  Farrow, a pulmonologist and Mountain States board member, said a combined system could, “help us attract the best and brightest physicians to our region.” He added that a goal for the combined syst ...

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This month's Business Journal, which should reach subscribers in print early next week, hits a number of high points, starting with Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam's last-dollar coverage plan for adults attending Tennessee colleges of applied technology. We also ask physicians about the proposed hospital system merger, report some good news on Bristol Compressors and report on consultants' recommendations that m ...

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Bell Helicopter cutting global workforce; layoffs possible at Piney Flats manufacturing site

By Jeff Keeling Bell Helicopter is in the throes of what its CEO mentioned in January would be “another difficult year,” and the company announced Tuesday it plans to shed around 1,100 workers worldwide, with the possibility of some layoffs at its Piney Flats facility. Fort Worth, Texas-based Bell employs about 500 people in Piney Flats. The company plans to get as many eligible workers as possible to take ...

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Bristol compressors to add 110 permanent jobs

BRISTOL, Va. – Bristol Compressors International, Inc., a leading global producer of compressors for use in air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems, is planning to add 110 full-time jobs this spring. The company will first move 50 seasonal workers into permanent positions. Another 60 jobs will be added by the end of April, bringing the number of full-time positions to 738 at the Bristol site. ...

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Hospital merger details: Read our full April issue here

This month's Business Journal, which should reach subscribers in print early next week, covers in great depth the April 2 announcement that Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance plan to merge. While you wait for your hard copies, we encourage you to flip through a virtual issue by clicking here: April 2015 Business Journal.   ...

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Read our full March issue here

 Full format Business Journal now online   Readers can now flip through our full magazine, page by page, with the latest addition to our website. Click the cover photo at left to begin reading, or click here: March 2015. In addition to articles on multi-family and commercial real estate development, this month's issue features a story on a new craft brewery opening in Johnson City, a piece on moves tow ...

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Healthy snack manufacturer bringing 200-plus jobs to Kingsport

By Jeff Keeling A new company started by industry veterans will manufacture healthy snack foods in Kingsport, bringing an estimated 273 jobs to the area, officials announced today. Pure Foods will operate out of a building near the intersection of Interstates 26 and 81 in the Gateway Commerce Park, and invest $22 million in the operation’s initial phase. Sullivan County’s economic development agency, NETWOR ...

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TMA President: Insure Tennessee’s stillbirth masks bigger issue of TennCare payment reform

  By Jeff Keeling The Tennessee Medical Association (TMA) supports increased access to medical care for Tennesseans, its president, Kingsport gastroenterologist Dr. Doug Springer, told the Business Journal Jan. 23. That fact, though, didn’t keep the state’s largest professional organization for physicians from initially balking at endorsing Gov. Bill Haslam’s now-dead plan to extend Medicaid (TennCare) ...

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Area business leaders weigh in on cheap oil

  It has been short and very sharp, so crude oil’s plummeting price has had little time to impact industries that rely indirectly on the stuff. But surprised as they may have been by the pace and duration of the decline, many analysts now predict a protracted period of cheap oil. The World Bank’s latest forecast predicts years of prices well below the $100-plus per barrel levels that persisted for more ...

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