In its third year, the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership is fulfilling its objective to coordinate economic development efforts among Washington, Unicoi and Carter counties and beyond.
Despite not knowing the company’s name or having any commitment the company will actually relocate, Johnson City commissioners voted 5-0 Thursday to approve the first reading of a rezoning request needed to possibly lure the company and its jobs to 220 E. Millard St.
Johnson City commissioners were presented with a peculiar proposition from Development Services Director Preston Mitchell during Monday’s agenda review meeting.
The Northeast Tennessee Economic Partnership has hired a consultant to create a regional Outdoor Development Plan to guide future planning efforts, and the public is encouraged to provide input during a series of meetings next week.
The 109-year-old building will serve as the new headquarters for Summers-Taylor Inc. when a multimillion-dollar facelift is completed in late 2019. The facility will also provide space to East Tennessee State University for a student art gallery, and developers said a “high-end” restaurant is looking to locate on the Sevier Street side of the mill.
Nearly two years out from Unicoi County’s commitment to work cooperatively with Washington and Carter counties to bring jobs and investment to the region, the joint efforts of the counties’ Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership are bearing fruit in Erwin.
Work is progressing to add acreage to an already completed 21-acre section of the aerospace park. Airport Executive Director PatrickWilson said most tenants of the park are looking for sites with 50 or more acres. He said the additional acreage would make the Blountville airport “more competitive” in marketing the park.
Showcasing a cow pasture just isn’t sufficient enough when it comes to attracting, and even more so convincing, a large manufacturing company to relocate to a particular area.
The Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Partnership hosted its fourth annual Milestone Industry Achievement Awards Tuesday where business leaders were recognized for their tenures in the manufacturing industry.
More than one year ago, local government officials and business leaders approved the structuring of an economic partnership that aimed to unite the economic abilities of Washington, Unicoi and Carter counties.
Local officials building a tri-county economic development organization say they still haven’t taken the time to consider whether the group’s meetings and records will be open to the public, though some leaders question whether it’s legal to keep them behind closed doors.