E-newsletter Vol. 12
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) day trip provided
Right: Dr. Terry Payne, director of economic development for ORNL, talks with the group about automotive research.
Attendees received a first-hand glimpse to see how years of government-investment at ORNL can be used to assist our area businesses and attract new businesses.
Not only can businesses utilize the facilities and researchers, but they can also take advantage of the $270 million ORNL spends annually through procurement opportunities. Dr. Terry Payne, director of economic development for ORNL, will address these procurement opportunities and other exciting advancements potentially available to our area at the NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership board meeting on Thursday, April 20. For more on the trip, view the Kingsport Times-News article.
The FISH!is coming to Bristol, thanks to the Bristol Chamber of Commerce. The FISH! is a nationally recognized program that encourages businesses to reinvigorate their employees, their work environment and productivity. The one-day seminar shows organizations how to bring more passion, focus, commitment and fun to work through a philosophy adopted from fishmongers, who despite a difficult work environment, found ways to bring remarkable energy, commitment and creativity to their work. Click here for more information on this excellent seminar for work force development.
The Career Fast Track Program
The Career Fast Track Programis a unique partnership among
The Career Fast Track Program enhances basic reading, writing, and math skills and provides a qualified applicant pool for the region’s business and industry. Successful program participants will be eligible for jobs that pay $35,000-$60,000 annually.
“It is exciting to see how the cooperative efforts of our community, colleges, employers and human resource businesses find solutions to provide the best work force possible.” NETWORKS Staff
The “Who We are Counts” program is a leadership seminar typically offered to executives in the business world. Mr. Jeff Brunson, Stewart and Associates' representative and instructor, adapted the program for these young people. Kathy Coleman, director of
In addition to the "Who We are Counts" curriculum, students toured local industries to learn more about the employment opportunities available in the
The efforts of major stakeholders in the housing options initiative are yielding some preliminary results. Almost 2,000 lots and/or homes are being considered for potential development. These possible developments range from affordable to elite housing options (including sites/homes on golf courses, rivers, and lakes). This diversity in housing options at a good value emphasizes that
Some of the region’s biggest companies, as well as buyers from all levels of the government, will assemble on April 20 in the Tri-Cities to look for business opportunities with small, minority and women-owned businesses. In an effort to bring economic growth to small and diversity-owned businesses in Northeast Tennessee, the Department of Economic & Community Development (ECD) has selected the Tri-Citites region to host the first
This newly created program matches small, minority, and women-owned businesses with private and public sector buyers who have real contracting opportunities, and it schedules them to meet in 15-minute appointments. Never before has an event like this been made available to businesses in the Tri-Cities and
· Two floors (2nd and 3rd) measuring approximately 20,000 square feet
· 24-hour security on site
· Class A office space in newly renovated building
This property is located at