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NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership releases new regional video

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, the economic development organization for Sullivan County and its cities of Bluff City, Bristol, and Kingsport, and marketing and recruitment arm for Hawkins County, launched the first of a series of promotional videos May 31 to serve as supporting pieces to the community video the organization first made public two years ago. Like the first video, the latest marketing piece w ...

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2018 Business Hall of Fame Laureate: Alan Levine

Photo above: Laura and Alan Levine Where there is no vision, the people perish. -Proverbs 29:18 Those who know and have done business with Alan Levine are not surprised to see Proverbs 29:18 on a plaque just outside his office. Levine is known throughout the region as the man whose vision took Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System - two business rivals with a long history of sometimes u ...

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Southwest Virginia Economic Forum focuses on “Talent”

Photo above: Recipients of KIVA loans gather to discuss their entrepreneurial success. By Scott Robertson The 2018 Southwest Virginia Economic Forum May 17 at the University of Virginia at Wise promised a great deal of informative content. Listed on the agenda were a panel discussion on what communities in neighboring states are doing to drive economic development, a talk by Travis Staton on efforts to brid ...

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Tri-Cities Airport: Marketing Aerospace Park: Earth has been turned on site, now the marketers are moving heaven and earth to find tenants

Photo above: Mark Canty poses with Aerospace Park in the background. Photo by Scott Robertson By Scott Robertson The effort to bring the first tenants to the aerospace industry-targeted park on the south side of the main runway at Tri-Cities airport is a multi-faceted affair. After all, when one invests just shy of $20 million in creation of a park to attract high-paying jobs and capital investment, one doe ...

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Higher Education

From honors students working their way to upper management or medical careers to high school equivalency earners seeking to attain certifications in specific trades, the higher education student spectrum has broadened greatly over the last several years. Throughout Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia, an array of community colleges, public and private four-year colleges and universities, and higher e ...

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Northeast Tennessee’s Opportunity Zones announced

The state of Tennessee has announced the location of 176 Opportunity Zones, including several in Northeast Tennessee. Opportunity Zones are a new community development tool established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. This new tool is designed to drive long-term capital to low-income communities. The new law provides a federal tax incentive for investors to re-invest their capital gains int ...

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Bristol Hotel owner, management team offer preview tour

Photo above: (L-R) Marcus McCall, Gavin Philipp and Kevin Kruse atop the Bristol Hotel. The Bristol Hotel, an independent boutique hotel originally slated to open in October, is now scheduled to open in late August, according to its principal owner. Marcus McCall of McCall Capital told reporters during an information session at the hotel May 24 that it would not be open in time for the August races at Brist ...

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Monro completes purchase of Free Service Tire Company

Photo above:(L-R) Lewis Wexler, Sr. Susan Wexler, Harrison Wexler, Lewis Wexler, Jr. Monro, Inc. (NASD: MNRO), the nation’s largest independently owned and operated auto service chain last week closed the purchase of 99-year-old Johnson City, Tenn.-based Free Service Tire Company. Monro will keep the Free Service branding in place along with 96 percent of the existing Free Service employees. The transaction ...

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Virginia governor announces SAIC to open VITA service center in Dickenson County

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam announced this week that the Virginia Information Technologies Agency’s (VITA) contract with Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) will create approximately 40 information technology (IT) service desk jobs in Clintwood, Dickenson County, by this fall. “I am pleased that this partnership will create forty new jobs and have a significant economic impact in the r ...

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