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 ...

2017: the year of Southwest Virginia?

By Scott Robertson I rarely take this space to preview the content of a given issue. After all, the Table of Contents was published just three pages ago. But this issue’s primary focus, I think, warrants an overture. The dawning of 2017 marks a time of increased optimism in Southwest Virginia, where the near-decade-long decline of the coal industry has negatively affected virtually every aspect of the regio ...

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Go Virginia gets going

Photo above: Virginia is divided into nine regions, with 13 Southwest Virginia counties designated as Region 1.  Source: U.S. Census, VA PDC By Scott Robertson Southwest Virginia’s economic woes are undeniable, yet the region is not so much worse off than the rest of the Commonwealth in some respects. That fact has spawned the creation of an effort formally known as “Go Virginia, the Virginia Initiative for ...

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Tri-Cities Airport has full agenda for 2017: Aerospace Park funding, Highway 75 widening top list

Photo above: A marketing map of Aerospace Park made when TCA was still TCRA By Scott Robertson When Tri-Cities Airport (TCA) Executive Director Patrick Wilson finished showcasing the facility’s new electric-powered tug and baggage conveyor Dec. 20, he was wrapping up a busy year. Only days before, Wilson had hosted a news conference announcing the rebranding of what had, since 1937, been the Tri-Cities Regi ...

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States’ role in Ballad drama winding down: FTC waiting in the wings

Photo above: Alan Levine, Mountain States Health Alliance CEO and Bart Hove, Wellmont Health System CEO File Photo By Jeff Keeling The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) is in the process of a thought experiment as it stares down a deadline to rule on Mountain States Health Alliance and Wellmont Health System’s application for merger approval. It’s an experiment that has been keeping lawyers plenty busy u ...

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Summers Taylor closes on Model Mill purchase in Johnson City

By Collin Brooks Perhaps the biggest structure — and biggest eyesore — in downtown Johnson City will likely become a model once again. The principals of Summers Taylor Inc., Rab and Grant Summers, recently closed on the purchase of the old Model Mill Property. The 40,000-square-foot building will become the headquarters for Summers Taylor and will also have room to house various other offices, according to ...

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KOSBE Awards honor successful small business owners

Photo above: Honorees at the 2016 KOSBE Awards include (L-R) Donny Reeves, Luci Tate, Annisa Kittrell, Julia Johnson, Jenny Vicars, Amy Jackson, Jay Jackson, Brittany Jorgenson, Diane Vogt, Marshall Begley, Sarah Begley, Brenda Barnicki, Sandra Brown, Michelle Cunningham, Keith Cunningham, Keddrain Bowen, Dan Ragan, Angela Vachon and John Vachon. Photo courtesy KOSBE. By Scott Robertson The Kingsport Office ...

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First Tennessee Development District marks 50 years of service

Photo above: Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter, FTDD Director Susan Reid, Carter County Mayor Leon Humphrey, Mosheim Mayor Thomas Gregg and Mount Carmel Mayor Chris Jones Photos by Bill Derby By Scott Robertson For the last 50 years the First Tennessee Development District (FTDD) has shied away from making headlines, choosing instead to make a difference. When local officials needed federal funding to bring ...

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Clearing the Air at the EPA

By Morgan Griffith President-elect Donald Trump’s appointment of Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is welcome news. As Oklahoma’s attorney general, Pruitt has strongly pushed back against many rules and regulations coming from Washington, D.C. In particular, he has led states in suing to block the EPA’s overreaching policies. Many in the media report this news with shock. They w ...

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40 Under Forty Gala Honors Rising Stars in Business

All photos by Tara Hodges, Sweet Snaps Photography The 40 young professionals that make up the 2016 class of 40 Under Forty were joined by more than 200 friends, colleagues and well-wishers Oct. 14 at the 24th Annual 40 Under Forty Gala at the Millennium Centre in Johnson City. “For the better part of a quarter century, The Business Journal has showcased the rising stars of the business community as members ...

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Greene County’s hospitals join their voices to the Ballad: Laughlin to merge with Mountain States, Takoma to go from Adventist to Wellmont

Photo above: Mountain States President and CEO Alan Levine, left, and Laughlin President and CEO Chuck Whitfield share a handshake before their Nov. 1 press conference. By Scott Robertson In the space of 24 hours last month, the two hospitals serving Greene County, Tenn., greatly strengthened their ties to the two health systems that have long managed the rest of the hospitals in Northeast Tennessee. On Nov ...

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