Mayors at FTDD

Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable confers with Kingsport Mayor Pat Shull as Carter County Mayor Patty Woodby waits for the start of Wednesday's meeting of the First Tennessee Development District. The three later joined other area mayors in voting to establish a "working relationship" between the FTDD and a new regional economic development hub.

Area county and municipal mayors voted Wednesday for the First Tennessee Development District to “establish a working relationship” with a new public/private regional economic development hub.

“When we find common ground, let’s get together,” Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable said in making a motion for the regional partnership. He noted that the relationship would help “erase artificial boundaries” to economic development in the region.

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