Regionalism push emphasizes we are ‘Stronger Together’

Kingsport Times News • Jul 30, 2018 at 3:00 PM

If you spend any time with local business leaders these days, the conversation often turns to regionalism.

You might be thinking we’ve been down this road before. And, yes, there have been efforts in the past to get the cities and counties in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia to work more closely together, with varying degrees of success.

But this time it’s different. The initiative has originated in the business community, it has leaders from the region’s largest employers behind it and it’s rapidly gaining momentum.

Eastman Chairman and CEO Mark Costa has stated publicly that the company supports a regional approach and the only way the region will survive is by working together. Ballad Health CEO Alan Levine echoes this sentiment.

More of the story from the Kingsport Times News.

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