$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 ...

East Tennessee State University launches ETSU Research Corporation

by Scott Roberston East Tennessee State University President Dr. Brian Noland announced on Jan. 25 the launch of the ETSU Research Corporation. “With all of the many opportunities in our region to establish partnerships, innovate, and help drive prosperity, I feel strongly that ETSU should play an even greater role in this effort,” Noland said.  “As such, today I am happy to announce that we are repurp ...

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Eastman announces plans for massive recycling facility

Above: Eastman Chairman and CEO Mark Costa and Tennessee Governor Bill Lee Photo by Earl Neikirk $250 million investment in Kingsport plant will allow company to use waste materials for product feedstock Eastman Chemical Company Board Chair and CEO Mark Costa shared the stage Jan. 29 with Tennessee Governor Bill Lee to announce the company’s plans to build one of the world’s largest plastic-to-plastic molec ...

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Outdoor Dining Enhancement Mini Grants awarded to 11 Kingsport restaurants

The Kingsport Chamber and Downtown Kingsport Association (DKA) announced grants Tuesday for eleven Kingsport restaurants to help alleviate some of the financial challenges brought on by COVID-19. Funded by the Kingsport Economic Development Board (KEDB) and administered by the Kingsport Chamber, the Kingsport Outdoor Dining Enhancement Mini Grant Fund assists with expenses to restaurants looking to enhance ...

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FoundersForge, Syncspace, city of Johnson City form entrepreneurial empowerment partnership

Heath Guinn (left) and David Nelson The City of Johnson City has formed a partnership with Sync Space Entrepreneur Center and FoundersForge to bring entrepreneurial encouragement and empowerment programming to Johnson City. The new partnership provides funding from Johnson City and matching funds from Sync Space to bring FoundersForge’s Startup Bootcamp and other resources to the entrepreneurial community. ...

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Region AHEAD Insights on Consumer Attitudes Toward Vaccinations Announced

An extensive survey of consumer attitudes on COVID vaccinations in the region was shared with members of the RegionAHEAD alliance this week. A survey of 768 consumers in the 22-county region of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia will help the team craft a public service campaign to help those considering a vaccination to be informed and encouraged to be inoculated against the virus. The survey was c ...

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Rambler Wood Products to bring 73 new jobs to Russell County

Rambler Wood Products will establish a new wood products manufacturing facility in the former Bush Furniture Industries building in St. Paul, Va., creating 73 new jobs in the process. Rambler plans on making an initial private investment of $7.6 million. Within 12 months, Rambler plans to make a total private investment in the project of $21.8 million. In addition, a $2.5 million loan from the Virginia Coal ...

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Bank of Tennessee begins implementing executive management succession plan

Above: Dale Fair, Grant Summers and Will Barrett Bank of Tennessee has announced the promotion of three top executives. In a release dated Jan. 17, BancTenn Chairman William B. Greene said Dale Fair, Grant Summers and Will Barrett will each be taking on new responsibilities in 2021. Fair, president and CEO, has been promoted to chairman of the board of Bank of Tennessee. He will retain his CEO duties until ...

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Game changer

Above: Dr. Natalie Kuldell (second from right), president of BioBuilder, meets with teachers at MIT. PHOTO COURTESY BIOBUILDER The Niswonger Foundation’s $8 million plan to revolutionize STEM education by Scott Robertson It started with word from the U.S. Department of Education that $185 million in grants would be awarded in December 2020 to school districts, higher education institutions and not-for-profi ...

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Appalachian Grains brings back barley in southwest Virginia

by Scott Robertson When Will Payne headlined the event introducing InvestSWVA 16 months ago in Abingdon, he talked about creating, “big idea projects.” One of those big idea projects is coming into its own. In economic development terms, it’s known as “Operation Calypso.” In real world language, it’s Appalachian Grains, an attempt to make southwest Virginia a player in the craft beverage supply chain for al ...

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