$500,000 VCEDA grant approved for space-based broadband initiative

$500,000 VCEDA grant approved for space-based broadband initiative

An up-to-$500,000 grant from the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA) Education and Telehealth Access Fund was closed Thursday with the Appalachian Council for ...

Would we rather fix problems or just keep complaining?

Would we rather fix problems or just keep complaining?

By Scott Robertson The state of Tennessee just did our region an injustice. In a move that’s been in the works long enough to have hired Brad Paisley to record a video hyping it, t ...

Residential Construction

Residential Construction

“If you’re not making money in this market, you’re doing something wrong.” by Don Fenley The local real estate industry has a case of pandemic fatigue. While the rest of the econom ...

TVA not shying from spotlight as power projects ramp up

TVA not shying from spotlight as power projects ramp up

by Scott Robertson Sometime in July, you’ll start seeing stories in the local media about the economic contributions of recreational fishing in northeast Tennessee. They will be ve ...

July issue available now

July issue available now

In this issue: Residential Construction, a TVA for a new time, the Sessions Hotel ribbon-cutting, Lee County hospital and more. Download the July 2021 edition here. ...

Tri-Cities Airport Authority approves Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget

Tri-Cities Airport Authority approves Fiscal Year 2022 operating budget

Above: Rene Weber, director of Finance (standing, at left) goes through the proposed FY 2022 operating budget at the airport authority meeting June 24 at the Gray Fossil Site. The ...

Universal Fibers expands on-site health care

Universal Fibers expands on-site health care

Above: Nurse Practitioner Suzanne Rogers Company hopes move will help attract additional employees Universal Fibers, a Bristol, Va.-based international sustainable solution-dyed fi ...

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 to a regional scale. The former StartupTri announced at a news conference at Spark Plaza in Johnson City Jan. 30 it is rebranding to become FoundersForge (#StartTheForge, https://myfoundersforge.com, @foundersforge). “Four years ag ...

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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 Innovations, Inc., a medical device. Co-founded by Lia Winter and Piney Flats native Preston Dishner, Winter Innovations is currently working to launch its flagship EasyWhip™ product, a two-part suturing needle designed to facilitate the ...

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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 together in sponsoring House Bill 1931, a bipartisan bill that will set a price cap on the cost patients pay for insulin at $100 for a 30-day supply. Each day, Tennesseans are impacted by absurdly high prices of life-saving insulin Hi ...

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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 after serving for eight years in Northeast Tennessee for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Garland told The Business Journal and bjournal.com he is leaving the partnership to take another position in ...

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Noland, Harwell to be nominated to TVA board

Beth Harwell (left), Brian Noland U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander, the senior senator from Tennessee, announced Tuesday that East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland will be nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors. President Trump said Tuesday morning he would nominate Noland and former Tennessee State House Speaker Beth Harwell, accor ...

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Mayors’ task force delineates potential benefits of regional economic development

Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy and Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable. Photos by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson A Blue Ribbon Task Force formed by the mayors of Sullivan and Washington counties in Northeast Tennessee has identified several areas in which significant gains can be made by taking a regional approach to economic development issues. The task force was formed by Sullivan County Mayor R ...

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ETSU rolls out new need-based scholarship program beginning Fall 2020 

Dr. Brian Noland introduces the ETSU Promise Plus program at a Jan. 17 news conference. Photo by Scott Robertson by Scott Robertson East Tennessee State University will begin offering four-year “last-dollar” scholarships and extensive assistance to incoming freshmen this fall. The ETSU Promise Plus program is an attempt to take price out of low-income students’ decision of where to go to college. It is also ...

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Ballad Health plans to open new urgent care centers as part of initiative to increase access, expand network

Ballad Health Tuesday announced plans to add two new urgent care centers to the family of Ballad Health providers in the Appalachian Highlands. Ballad Health said in a press release it will invest in the opening of a new Ballad Health Medical Associates urgent care center, including the addition of primary care and diagnostics, in Kingsport, as well as a new urgent care center in Banner Elk, North Carolina. ...

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General Shale CEO Elected Brick Industry Association Chairman

Charles Smith The Brick Industry Association (BIA) has elected General Shale CEO Charles Smith as chairman effective January 1. Smith succeeds former BIA Chairman Davis Henry, president, Henry Brick, Co, Selma, Alabama, who will remain as past chair. BIA’s membership also elected Joe Rice, CEO of Belden Tri-State Building Materials, New York, New York as vice chair; Jim Stradley, president of Cincinnati-bas ...

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Johnson: Ramsey hired to play defense for existing retail

Steve Johnson and Ron Ramsey (Right) Former Tennessee Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey will be back in Nashville this legislative term, lobbying for a regional real estate developer. When Ramsey was Lt. Governor of Tennessee in 2011, he helped push through the Border Region Tourism Development District Act (public chapter 420) that created the tax breaks that incentivized retailers to come to the Pinnacle developmen ...

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