Northam conducts COVID roundtable with southwest Virginia business, government leaders

Northam conducts COVID roundtable with southwest Virginia business, government leaders

Virginia Governor Ralph Northam kicked off a listening tour of Virginia by taking part in a virtual roundtable with southwest Virginia business, education and local government lead ...

FTDD Foundation reconfiguration continues for potential economic development hub

FTDD Foundation reconfiguration continues for potential economic development hub

By Scott Robertson Legal recommendations have been presented to Mayors Richard Venable of Sullivan County and Joe Grandy regarding potential bylaw changes for the First Tennessee D ...

Food City CEO receives national Employer of the Year award

Food City CEO receives national Employer of the Year award

Steve Smith K-VA-T Food Stores President and CEO Steve Smith received the Employer of the Year award during the Oct. 23 opening ceremonies of the Council for Exceptional Children’s ...

Contura board faces challenge from activist investors

Contura board faces challenge from activist investors

Pictured above, David Stetson Activist investor group MG Capital, which owns 5.8 percent of Contura Energy Inc., is demanding the company replace half of its board of directors. In ...

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership’s October surprise

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership’s October surprise

Pictured above, Mitch Miller (left) and Clay Walker The economic development organization threw out a collaborative document a year in the making in favor of its own brand new plan ...

TRI asks legislators for help with funding to allow airport to build-to-suit potential Aerospace Park tenants

TRI asks legislators for help with funding to allow airport to build-to-suit potential Aerospace Park tenants

Tri-Cities Airport (TRI) Executive Director Gene Cossey took the occasion of a Tuesday morning Legislator’s Breakfast to make it known that the airport will likely be able to bring ...

First Tennessee Development District receives nearly $1.3 million U.S. Department of Labor WORC Grant to develop “Recovery to Workplace Pipeline”

First Tennessee Development District receives nearly $1.3 million U.S. Department of Labor WORC Grant to develop “Recovery to Workplace Pipeline”

The First Tennessee Development District (FTDD) has been awarded nearly $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor through its Workforce Opportunities in Rural Communities (WOR ...

tnAchieves making last-minute push for mentors

tnAchieves, the local partnering organization for TN Promise, needs volunteers to serve as mentors to local TN Promise students. TN Promise affords any high school graduate the opportunity to attend a community or technical college tuition free. Many of the students that participate in the program will be the first in their family to attend college and require some extra support. tnAchieves mentors spend ab ...

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Heather Cook reinvents herself – again

by Scott Robertson As a college student, Heather Cook was the first Roan Scholar to graduate East Tennessee State University. As executive director of the Foundation for Northeast State Community College, she oversaw an effort that more than doubled annual contributions. As executive director of Healthy Kingsport, she led the effort to have the city earn the Haslam administration’s Healthier City designatio ...

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Crown Labs cuts ribbon on new headquarters

Crown Laboratories CEO Jeff Bedard Monday cut the ribbon on Crown’s new corporate headquarters in Johnson City. The global skincare manufacturer plans to create an additional 200+ jobs and investing $27 million in its Johnson City operations by 2024. The fast-growing company – which partnered with private equity firm Hildred Capital Partners in late 2017 – last year became one of just 6 percent of companies ...

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A mall and the right visitors: Hard Rock International plans to run Bristol casino

Hard Rock International, a global leader in the entertainment and hospitality industry, is pleased to announce a partnership with the Bristol Resort & Casino team to create Hard Rock Casino Bristol. Once final approval is received from the Commonwealth of Virginia and the citizens of Bristol, Virginia, Hard Rock, working with the local ownership group, will operate the proposed resort and casino. “We ar ...

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Speedway Children’s Charities announces $900k+ in donations

Children throughout the region will benefit from the most successful fundraising effort by the Bristol Motor Speedway chapter of Speedway Children’s Charities since 2016. Executive Director Claudia Byrd announced at the recent Night of Smiles event that BMS’ SCC chapter raised a total of $920,851 during the 2019 calendar year that will be distributed to 103 rural-area child-focused agencies throughout North ...

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Barge acquires Gould Turner Group

Barge Design Solutions, which is based in Nashville, has an office in Kingsport and does significant business in the Tri-Cities region, announced this week it has acquired Nashville-based Gould Turner Group (GTG). “We are thrilled to announce that Gould Turner Group has officially become part of Barge,” said Bob Higgins, CEO of Barge Design Solutions. “GTG has set the standard in the architecture and interi ...

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$5 Million Gift to fund Career Center at Emory & Henry

John van Vlissingen Emory & Henry College announced at its fall Board of Trustees meeting that it received a gift of $5 million from The van Vlissingen Student Foundation to create The van Vlissingen Center for Career and Professional Development at Emory & Henry College. The gift will support the College’s new strategic initiatives, “Pivot Toward the Future” 2020-23, that was approved at the meetin ...

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NeTREP luncheon focuses on putting regionalism into action

NeTREP CEO Mitch Miller introduces Mike Brenneman, who was visiting Tannery Knobs Bike Park from his home in Pennsylvania. PHOTO BY DAVE ONGIE By Dave Ongie, News Editor The Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Parntership (NeTREP) investor update luncheon last Friday offered plenty of opportunity to reflect upon encouraging economic data high atop Tannery Knobs Bike Park, which is a recent success story i ...

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Virginia Business College Receives Provisional Certificate to Operate

The Virginia Business College (VBC), a new college in Bristol, Virginia, was granted a Provisional Certificate to Operate from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) Oct. 29. “This is a significant step forward for the Virginia Business College” says Dr. Gene Couch, President, of the 4-year, private, non-profit college. “This approval will allow us to begin recruitment of the inaugural c ...

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