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JCDA eyes June 30 for separation with NeTREP

David Floyd • Feb 28, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Johnson City Development Authority is tentatively eyeing June 30 for an official separation with the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership, a transition that’s been discussed for months.

Downtown Development Director Dianna Cantler said June 30 marks the official end of the fiscal year for the JCDA and Johnson City.

“That makes sense for it to be the end date,” she said. “We’ve not been given a notice that we have to have everything done by that date, but that’s the date that we’re looking at.”

The JCDA discussed the transition at a meeting Thursday, Feb. 27.

Cantler said the JCDA has been entering into quarterly contracts with NeTREP, which provides staffing and support in the form of general bookkeeping, reconciliation of bank statements, financial statement preparations and managing the funds, accounts and property of the Downtown Johnson City Foundation, which is a component of the JCDA.

As the organization adjusts its focus to a more regional scale, NeTREP CEO Mitch Miller said the separation make sense. He indicated that the JCDA’s focus is narrower, centering more around Johnson City.

“Johnson City is a big part of this region, but as we look at what we’re doing day to day and trying to make the best decisions we can possible, we have to make more of a regional mindset,” he said. “There’s a very clear understanding in that, and I would say the same holds true for the city of Johnson City.”

Cantler said the JCDA is now trying to figure out what its transition will look like, which will involve finding a new office and identifying a new director.

Over the next 120 days, she said the organization will be evaluating its priorities, staffing and space needs.

“Much like other entities that are supported by the city, we’re just looking at our bylaws and what things we need to do to go back to being a standalone organization,” she said.

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