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Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership – February 5, 2018

Merger Approved after Deliberate and Thorough Public Process

Tennessee Department of Health Commissioner John Dreyzehner, MD, MPH today announced the state is officially allowing a merger of Wellmont Health System and Mountain States Health Alliance by issuing a Certificate of Public Advantage or COPA to their parent company, Ballad Health.

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Ballad planning new pediatric, addiction services

A day after Ballad Health became a reality, its leader unveiled a series of major projects already in the planning phase.  Ballad Health held an event Friday at MeadowView Marriott Conference, Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport to celebrate the merger, unveil its logo and discuss priorities.

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Unicoi County development board to build on momentum

The board’s quarterly meeting Friday was highlighted by a review of the board’s successes in 2017 and the work laid out to build on those accomplishments in the in the year ahead.

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State legislators say airport board needs more oversight

Northeast Tennessee state legislators are seeking more control over Tri-Cities Airport, as a project to build a $20 million aerospace park is starting to get off the ground there.

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Tri-Cities add jobs for 7th year, employment and labor force increase

The Tri-Cities economy added nonfarm jobs for the seventh straight year in 2017. Preliminary, non-adjusted Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) numbers the seven-county region has replaced all but about 900 of the 10,200 jobs lost during the Great Recession.

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City opens floor for community input on direction of downtown development

Locals poured into the second floor of the Kings Center Tuesday night, filling almost every seat available for the two-hour brainstorming session. Before the night began, participants filled posters and banners with stickers indicating what they’d like to see downtown in the next two to five years.

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Restart approved on stalled Elizabethton housing project

A high-density residential development near downtown Elizabethton that has been stalled for several years will soon be restarted.

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Great Oak Brewing Company taps first keg

After a year of work, the Great Oak Brewing Company finally has its first beer on tap.  Part of the Stir Fry Group, the brewer is at the rear of the Southern Craft BBQ restaurant on Spring Street in downtown Johnson City.

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CSX reviewing 8,000 miles of rail lines for potential sale

CSX Transportation is reviewing 8,000 miles of rail lines as potential candidates for sale or lease, Trains News Wire has learned.  People familiar with the situation do not expect all 8,000 miles to go on the block.

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Grants to Erwin, Jonesborough to pay for ambulances, facade improvements

Jonesborough and Erwin are among the recipients of nearly than $25.5 million in Community Development Block Grant awards announced by Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe on Tuesday.

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Johnson City, Washington Co. local markets with 2017 highest avg. home prices

It was the second-year residential sales were over 1 billion dollars. And despite the Tri-Cities’ improving job market real estate was again the top performing local economic segment last year.

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