December 2018 Edition

December 2018 Edition

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Stacy, McGlothlin pitch casino for former Bristol Mall property

Stacy, McGlothlin pitch casino for former Bristol Mall property

Jim McGlothlin stands in front of what he hopes will be the entrance to the new casino in the old Bristol Mall. Photo by Tara Hodges, SweetSnaps Photography By Scott Robertson Clyd ...

Carrico, Q’Quinn to carry casino referendum legislation

Carrico, Q’Quinn to carry casino referendum legislation

Delegate Israel O’Quinn listens as State Senator Bill Carrico briefs reporters on plans for the bills to authorize a referendum in Bristol on the casino. Photo by Scott Robertson B ...

The Bloom Farm, LLC Receives VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Grant

The Bloom Farm, LLC Receives VCEDA Seed Capital Matching Grant

Above: Mitzi Sykes, economic development director, Dickenson County; Jonathan Belcher, VCEDA executive director/general counsel; Steven Baker, owner, The Bloom Farm; Geena Phipps, ...

Regional ACOs generate cumulative $100+ million in Medicare savings

Regional ACOs generate cumulative $100+ million in Medicare savings

Above: Rich Panek Since 2012, Qualuable and AnewCare, two Accountable Care Organizations in the region,  have generated more than $100 million in Medicare savings between them. Rec ...

Ballad Health creating regional trauma system, adding pediatric emergency and trauma services

Ballad Health creating regional trauma system, adding pediatric emergency and trauma services

By Scott Robertson The Ballad Health board unanimously approved plans to create a trauma and emergency care system designed to improve the overall access to services system-wide th ...

State green lights new surgery center for Holston Medical Group

State green lights new surgery center for Holston Medical Group

by Jeff Keeling A large physician practice group has won state permission to build a $10 million ambulatory surgery center (ASC) in Kingsport. Meadowview Surgery Center will compet ...

Covenant Transportation Group completes acquisition of Landair

It was announced on Thursday morning that Covenant Transportation Group has completed its acquisition of Landair Holdings, Inc. Under the terms of the agreement, CTG purchased all of Landair’s outstanding stock in exchange for approximately $83 million in cash. Landair was founded in 1981 by Scott Niswonger and Ed Sayler. Presently, Landair operates approximately 430 trucks and 900 trailers and manages 12 d ...

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The Business Journal Q&A: Jerry Caldwell, Andy Dietrich and Bob Feathers – Chairs, Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport Chambers of Commerce

Photo above: Jerry Caldwell, Bob Feathers and Andy Dietrich at the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce, June 12. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson On June 12, representatives of each of the Chambers of Commerce serving Bristol, Johnson City and Kingsport met at the Kingsport Chamber building with the CEOs of the region’s two multi-county economic development organizations: NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, ...

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Inside the numbers: Ballad Health

Photo above: Alan Levine, photo by Scott Robertson Better bond rating, merger mechanics and timing save Ballad $20 million a year By Jeff Keeling Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine is talking cash flow, and he’s happy. It’s a Wednesday morning and Ballad’s fiscal year-to-date operating numbers look relatively grim. The newly formed health system faces an unprecedented challenge: leading regional population healt ...

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Ballad, ETSU partner to create fellowship program in addiction medicine

East Tennessee State University President Brian Noland and Ballad Health Chairman and CEO Alan Levine have announced a partnership through which ETSU will apply to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education to create a new fellowship program in addiction medicine. As part of its commitment to expand education and training in the region, Ballad Health will fund any un-reimbursed costs of the fe ...

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Kingsport veteran seeks to lead other vets to entrepreneurial success: Russ Hubbard commercializes DoD technology, and wants others to follow suit

Photo above: Russ Hubbard with Per Vivo Labs’ Odor Trace product. By Scott Robertson Russ Hubbard has found a new mission. Hubbard, the owner of Per Vivo Labs in Kingsport and a combat-wounded veteran, is searching for fellow veterans who share his entrepreneurial spirit. “The Department of Defense and related U.S. Government agencies are in great need of commercialization partners,” Hubbard says. The oppor ...

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NETWORKS video showcases region’s “Quality of Place”

Photo above: Screenshots from NETWORKS Sullivan County “Northeast Tennessee Quality of Life Video” NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership has released a quality-of-life video it plans to offer to companies and organizations free of charge. The near-three-minute video features dozens of short vignettes showcasing locations both inside and out of its own coverage area. NETWORKS is the economic development organization ...

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See it to be it: internships for the emerging workforce

Photo above: (L-R)  Vince Baranauskas, Rick Claus, Dallas McKinney and Jeff Dinger The first in the 2018 series of three “Operation Tomorrow’s Workforce” articles by United Way of Southwest Virginia According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, roughly 3,000 of Southwest Virginia’s youth between the ages of 16 and 19 aren’t in school or working. United Way of Southwest Virginia is developing solutions to addr ...

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First class in economy

By Scott Robertson By rights, it should have been a nightmare. One of American Airlines’ carriers, PSA, had a massive computer failure last month. Over five-plus days, 2,700 flights were cancelled. Charlotte, N.C. reportedly ran out of rental cars. Hotels were full. The airport concourses were what I refer to as “angry people soup.” There, in the middle of it all, hoping to get to a better place (a low bar ...

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Bringing Back Bentonville’s Biking Buzz: Arkansas seminar on mountain biking and economic development draws attendees from Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia

Photo above: (L-R) Kayla Carter, Emily Mayo, Katie Dunn, Idalina Walker and Jenny Brock in front of a mountain bike jump near Bentonville. By Scott Robertson     The idea that outdoor recreation can be a beneficial tool for economic development, especially in rural areas, is not new. For the last few years, young professionals have been making decisions about where to live and work based more and more on th ...

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