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Northeast State & Bell Helicopter team up for aviation jobs
Northeast State Community College and Bell Helicopter rolled out an education collaboration Tuesday to help aviation jobs take off in Northeast Tennessee.

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Heritage Glass to locate in Kingsport, TN
Heritage Glass officials today announced the company will invest $15.8 million to begin new glass manufacturing at AGC's old Blue Ridge facility off Lincoln Street.

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NETWORKS sets the pace for Tennessee
Highlighting the county’s track record of creating pro-business policies and cutting edge programs to spur economic growth, NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership unveiled its new branding message today

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Clay Walker New CEO of NETWORKS
Clay Walker Appointed NETWORKS' New CEO

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Eastman Breaks Ground on New Corporate Business Center
Eastman Chemical Company held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new 300,000-square-foot corporate business center Tuesday, with Gov. Bill Haslam praising Eastman as being the very model of what a corporation should be in a community.

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Sullivan County named Tennessee's first Certified Connected Community
Connected Nation just announced that Sullivan County is the first Certified Connected Community in the State of Tennessee. Sullivan County is now one of only 17 communities across the nation to receive this certification.

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Sullivan County leads the State with 3 Certified Industrial Parks
Tennessee ECD has partnered with Austin Consulting and The Foote Consulting Group to administer the program. “Each of these sites have been carefully evaluated in order to minimize development risks to potential end users,” Austin Consulting Location Consultant Brandon Talbert said.

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Conveyor belt manufacturer in Bristol expanding
Local manufacturer growing to keep us with demand.

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Region's schools rank high on ACT
Kingsport City Schools ranks as the fourth highest achieving district in the Volunteer State, according to a recent release of statewide ACT scores by district by the Tennessee Department of Education.

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Tri-Cities Regional Airport to receives Select TN Site Certification
Aviation Park I located at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport been designated a Select Tennessee Certified Site by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development.

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NETWORKS to Host Greater Kingsport Job Fair
NETWORKS to host Job Fair at Kingsport Farmer's Market June 13 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm

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Baltimore drug firm to buy Pfizer facility in Bristol
UPM Pharmaceuticals, a Baltimore, Md.-based drug development and contract manufacturer, plans to acquire the local Pfizer facility.

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Eastman announces $1.6 billion project, 300 new jobs for Kingsport
Eastman Chemical Company to invest $1.6 billion and add 300 new jobs at its Kingsport location over the next seven years

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Leclerc Foods Announces Expansion of Kingsport Facility
Tennessee Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty along with Leclerc Foods officials today announced the company will expand its Kingsport, Tenn. facility. The Canadian food manufacturer is expanding one of its existing lines and adding one new production line for granola bars and baked bars, resulting in a $15.7 million investment and the creation of 40 new jobs.

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New Sprint call center opens in Sullivan County
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey helps welcome Sprint to Sullivan County.

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Greater Bristol Job Fair A Huge Success
Hundreds flock to Greater Bristol Job Fair in search of jobs.

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GREATER BRISTOL JOB FAIR
NETWORKS will be hosting a job fair on December 12, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Foundation Event Facility located at 620 State Street, Bristol, TN 37620

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Sullivan County and its cities honored with Safe Community designation
Safe Community honor a significant achievement for Sullivan and its cities.

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Eastman only chemical company to win EPA's Energy Star award
Eastman is named only chemical company to win EPA's Energy Star Award.

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Sprint to Build Call Center in Bristol, TN


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DLH Industries plans to open plant in Bristol
Supplier of engineered plastic solutions plans to open up new manufacturing facility in Bristol, TN.

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Kingsport Welcomes the C&F Group
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty today joined with Sullivan County officials in announcing the decision by C&F Group to locate a manufacturing facility in Kingsport, Tenn. The Ireland-based company will invest $12.5 million and create 450 new jobs over a four year period. The Kingsport facility will be the company’s first U.S. location.

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TVA pre-qualifies Bristol, Tennessee as data center site
On Wednesday, Bristol Tennessee joined an elite group of locations identified by a recent Deloitte Consulting study as a TVA pre-qualifier for a data center site. Bristol is one of only 12 locations in the seven-state Tennessee Valley region to receive the designation.

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Kingsport receives award for higher ed initiative
KINGSPORT — Kingsport has been chosen as one of eight cities to receive the Award for Municipal Excellence from the National League of Cities (NLC). The city will be honored Friday, December 3, at a ceremony and luncheon during NLC’s annual Congress of Cities & Exposition in Denver, Colo.

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Reddy to buy Glaxo's U.S. penicillin site in Bristol Tennessee
GlaxoSmithKline PLC says it has reached agreement with Dr. Reddy's Laboratories to transfer ownership of its penicillin manufacturing site in Bristol, TN to Dr. Reddy's.

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Kingsport Recognized by Harvard University
Harvard University has honored Kingsport, Tenn., with an Innovations in American Government Award for the city’s dedication to promoting and advancing higher education.

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NETWORKS Receives LinkTenn Award
The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development awarded NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership a 2009 LinkTenn award for outstanding economic development marketing using the Internet. The organization’s Web site was recognized as one of the top 10 economic development Web sites in Tennessee.

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NETWORKS Receives TNCPE Commitment Award
NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership has earned a Commitment Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee recognition program administered by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE). NETWORKS representatives accepted the award at the 17th annual Excellence in Tennessee Awards Banquet on Feb. 24, 2010, at the Franklin Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tenn.

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Local companies can team up with Volkswagen
Local companies may be considered as potential suppliers to the new Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Exports Prop Up Local Economies
Much of the world may be struggling with the economic downturn, but life has been getting better in Columbus, Ind., Kingsport, Tenn., and Waterloo, Iowa.

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Leclerc Foods to Open Facility in Sullivan County
Leclerc Foods, an industry leading food manufacture, has chosen to locate their second U.S. facility in Sullivan County, Tennessee. With an investment of $35,000,000 in “state-of-the-art” equipment, the company will convert their recently purchased building located in Northeast Tennessee Business Park into a completely automated food processing operation.

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Kingsport wins national award for meeting challenges head-on
Kingsport has been chosen as one of three communities in the nation to receive the inaugural Siemens Sustainable Community Award for its efforts to face its challenges head-on for future generations.

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Charter moving to Northeast TN Business Park
Charter Communications is building a new operations center near Tri-Cities Regional Airport, Charter and economic development officials confirmed Thursday. “It will be the regional operations center, the Tri-Cities regional operations center,” Tony Falin, Charter’s Kingsport-based director of operations for East Tennessee, said by phone Thursday afternoon.

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Eastman Bags Trade and Industry CiCi Award
Trade & Industry Development magazine, a leading information source for executives in the fields of site selection, real estate, corporate growth strategies and industry consultation, has announced its third-annual, prestigious "Corporate Investment & Community Impact Awards." The CiCi Awards are coveted by industry participants due to the Awards' unbiased recognition by the magazine of the participants' factually verified site deals during the previous year that are unparalleled in either monetary amounts or impacts on the communities in which they have located their new endeavors.

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Business and Education Dialogue -- December 10
RSVP AND MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THIS VERY IMPORTANT MEETING! Representatives from the Tennessee Department of Education, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other key organizations will participate in a panel discussion and presentations. For several years, many in our region have debated and discussed the importance of education in relation to our workforce.

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NETWORKS Region Achieves Three-Star Certification
The communities of Bluff City, Bristol, Kingsport and Sullivan County have successfully achieved certification under Tennessee's Three-Star program, which is administered through the state's Department of Economic and Community Development.

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Tri-Cities Region A Close Second For Honda Aero
NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership officials recently learned that Tri-Cities Regional Airport was one of two airport finalists for Honda Aero Inc.’s corporate headquarters and state-of-the-art jet engine manufacturing plant.

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NETWORKS Annual Report Recognizes 2006 Successes
The year 2006 was a period of growth and transition for NETWORKS - Sullivan Partnership as we celebrated economic development accomplishments and welcomed a new CEO to lead our organization.

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Aurora Hardwoods expands to new facility
"This is a true investment in our people, our product and most of all, our customers. We are looking forward to a prosperous future and view this as a winning situation for Aurora Casket and the Sullivan County community," said William D. Backman III, company president.

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Workforce Initiative Network – 2006 Regional Conf
John Maxwell & Mette Norgaard "LIVE" at Meadowview Conference Center for Workforce Intiative Network Regional Conference, Friday, Sept. 15, 2006!

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Northeast Tennessee's Exceptional Quality of Life
Kingsport and Johnson City have been recognized as two of "America's Top 100 Places to Live in 2006" by Relocate-America.com.

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Working with ORNL- Energy to Build Your Business
Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Town Hall Forum in the Tri-Cities August 9, 2006 from 8:30 am – Noon Marriott MeadowView Ballroom, Kingsport, TN The purpose of this meeting is to inform businesses and individuals in the region of: --How to gain access to ORNL technologies and resources --How to become a supplier of products or services to ORNL

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'America's Top 100 Places to Live'
Kingsport & Johnson City have been ranked among the Top 100 Places to Live!

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New Housing Options
The efforts of major stakeholders in the housing options initiative are yielding some preliminary results

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FOCUS ON AVIATION BUSINESSES
Aviation cluster team gearing up to promote area!

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Sullivan County Receives Three-Star Award
Delegation from Bristol, Kingsport and Sullivan County receive Three-Star Award from Governor Phil Bedesen.

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Governor's Conference - 2005
NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership Exhibits at Governor's Conference on Economic Development.

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NETWORKS holds ribbon cutting
NETWORKS – Sullivan Partnership held an open house at its new offices. During the open house, NETWORKS unveiled its new brand and announced its progress to date.

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NETWORKS Purchases Land for Partnership Park One
NETWORKS-Sullivan Partnership has acquired 79.26 acres of land located northeast of Tri-Cities Regional Airport. The property will be named Partnership Park One.

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NETWORKS Welcomes World Trade Center Partners
On June 2, NETWORKS-Sullivan Partnership played host to more than a dozen economic and trade development officials from the Tri-Cities and the State of Tennessee.

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