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Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership – June 11, 2018

BUSINESS NEWS

Tri-Cities Airport: Marketing Aerospace Park
The effort to bring the first tenants to the aerospace industry-targeted park on the south side of the main runway at Tri-Cities airport is a multi-faceted affair.

TML recognizes Unicoi for entrepreneurial leadership
TML has recognized the town of Unicoi for establishing Mountain Harvest Kitchen as a regional resource for food business entrepreneurs.

April another Tri-Cities full-employment month; Johnson City jobless rate drops to 2.8%
The Tri-Cities recorded another month of full-employment in April. Nonfarm jobs were up 1,200 from March’s total.

Co.Starters accepting entrepreneur applications in Johnson City
The JCDA is seeking applications from entrepreneurs and small business owners for the upcoming Co.Starters class.
COMMUNITY NEWS

Want the region to be more prosperous? Make it happen.
Today, the political and business leaders of Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia are realizing the potential increased profitability of creating a region-wide value proposition.  The unified support for Aerospace Park represents one example of that.

VIPSeen: Men of Measure
Special Feature: A glimpse into regionalism featuring Jerry Caldwell, Andy Dietrich, and Bob Feathers.

Tourism development on horizon in Unicoi County
The board approved a proposed $49,500 budget for the new department to be operated within the JEDB in office space.

Consultants address public questions regarding West Walnut master plan
The proposal envisions West Walnut Street looking vastly different, complete with two new green spaces and a new streetscape.

Northeast Tennessee’s Opportunity Zones announced
The state of Tennessee has announced the location of 176 Opportunity Zones, including several in Northeast Tennessee.  Opportunity Zones are a new community development tool established by Congress.

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership releases new regional video
NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership launched the first of a series of promotional videos May 31 to serve as supporting pieces to the community video the organization first made public two years ago.

Town enters engineering contract on Morgan industrial site
The town of Erwin is one step closer to the pad-ready development of a 150,000-square-foot manufacturing building at the former Morgan industrial site.

New Hands On! location adds 12,000 square feet of exhibit space
On Wednesday, Andy Marquart, executive director of the newly named Hands On! Discovery Center, hosted a soft opening, and expressed how grateful he was for the new space.

Reunification of Tri-Cities region as one MSA hits bump in the road
Reunifying the Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol region to one Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) status picked up momentum last month.

Kingsport-Bristol continues strong sales tax collections; rental market competition heats up
For the third straight month, Kingsport-Bristol led the region in the year-over-year metric.
OUTDOOR DEVELOPMENT

Nolichucky River Business Entrepreneur Expands Operation
Rafting companies have operated on the Nolichucky for decades, taking guests down the rollicking rapids of the Nolichucky River Gorge, one of the Southeast most wild and scenic rivers.

Bike rental shop now open beside the Tweetsie Trail

After spending a year renovating an old grocery store, owner Bryan Winston quietly opened the doors at 701 E. Maple St. for the first time Memorial Day weekend, and it’s been open every day since.


Erwin Linear Trail tunnel project ahead of schedule

The current project to link the approximately 4-mile Erwin Linear Trail to Fishery Park will create a safe and convenient link between two of the town’s major recreational assets.

Officials gather to celebrate tourism grant presentation
Local and state officials gathered Friday afternoon for a check presentation ceremony for a Tourism Enhancement Grant secured by Carter County earlier this year.

Riding the Crest: SORBA Tri-Cities reveling in mountain biking boom

SORBA Tri-Cities recently celebrated 20 years of service, and the blossoming mountain biking phenomenon they strongly support means a likely expansion of trails and tourism.