Listen to what these business and government leaders have to say about what could stall or stop the effort.
“The barriers are strictly political and trust.” — Former Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips.
“Egos, politics. Complexities, desire to have our turn to do well on our own.” — Margaret Feierabend, Bristol, Tenn., mayor.
"All leaders do not truly believe in the benefit of a regional approach.” — John Campbell.
“Local institutional structures are designed to support local, rather than regional, objectives.” — Jon Smith, Tri-Cities Airport Authority chairman and East Tennessee State University director of the Bureau of Business & Economics Research.
“Every community is naturally interested in protecting and growing what they have.” — Lottie Ryans, First Tennessee Development District director of Workforce and Literacy Initiatives.
More about the barriers from the Kingsport Times News.