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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Anaheim, CA, USA - April 28, 2008: The Business Civic Leadership Center presents the 2008 Siemens Sustainable Community Award, Small company award to Jeff FLeming (C), Assistant City Managery for Development, City of Kingsport, TN, with U.S. Chamber President and CEO Tom Donohue (L) and Siemens Foundation President Jim Whaley (R). Photo by Ian Wagreich / U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
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Wednesday, April 16, 2008

How important are healthcare jobs in Kingsport?

For some time now, I've been referencing a graph that the Kingsport MSA gained 4,000 jobs from Jan 97 to Jan 07. It finally occurred to me that the data is now more than a year old, so I went to the BLS (Bureau of Labor Statistics) to get an update.

You'll be pleased to know the number is now 4,700 jobs in the past 10 years (from Feb 98 to Feb 08). If you want to go all the way back to 1990, there have been 7,700 new healthcare jobs added in the Kingsport MSA -- that's comparable to the total number of employees that work at Eastman! According to the BLS, Kingsport's MSA had 17,700 healthcare jobs in 2/08 compared to 13,000 in 2/98 and 10,000 in 1990.

Now you see why we're investing nearly $5 million to build the "Regional Center for Health Professions" in downtown Kingsport. It's a great opportunity to get a well-paying LOCAL job!

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Kingsport Veterans Memorial

Dear Jeff,

We want to thank you for providing so many great nuggets of information through this "good news" email!

As you are probably very aware, Kingsport Tomorrow has been working with a committee of veterans to build Kingsport's Veterans Memorial near J. Fred Johnson Stadium. Great efforts are now underway to complete the fundraising. I would like to share with you one of the smaller fundraising efforts in progress that gives every patriotic citizen of Kingsport (I know there are a lot of them!) a chance to have a part in this effort, and @ the same time, participate in supporting our currently deployed service members.

My husband, Bob Lange, an active committee member for the memorial, was one of the last commanding officers of the Naval Reserve Center that operated on the campus of Holston Defense and closed in the mid nineties. When the war in Iraq began, one of my concerns was for the military families. Since we had been a Navy family and experienced many deployments, I wrote and self-published a book, The Treasure of Staying Connected for Military Couples, to help couples keep their marriages strong during deployments. One of the later books printed @ Quebecor before it closed, it was produced entirely here in Kingsport. Although it has not been hugely profitable financially, it has been gratifying to hear of military families that it has helped, and we have done workshops for military families and spoken to a number of military groups such as the Pentagon Prayer Breakfast. We also try to maintain public awareness that these military families continue to face the challenges of deployments, and continue to need our support.

One of the most gratifying ways in which we have distributed the books has been directly to the troops through two volunteer organizations, Books for Soldiers, and Adopt-a-Chaplain. We have sent out more than three hundred donated books through these two groups. People have paid for the books to be sent, and a gift card naming the donor has been enclosed in each book sent.

Since the early days of the memorial project, the book has been available for folks to donate for a ten dollar donation. For every donated book purchased, $6.50 covers the cost of providing and shipping a book, and $3.50 is given to the memorial fund. Obviously, this is not a major fundraiser, but every bit of money raised inches us closer to our goal to complete the memorial. And maybe more important, it provides a meaningful way for everyone in Kingsport to participate in this effort. If any individual or group would be interested in supporting this effort, they can contact us @ We would greatly appreciate it if you could share this "good news".

Janel Lange

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Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Forbes Lists Kingsport in Best Places for Businesses and Careers

Kingsport is considered a "large metro" by Forbes.

104. Bethesda, MD
105. Chicago, IL
106. San Diego, CA
112. Las Vegas, NV
115. Kingsport, TN
121. New York, NY
125. Greenville, SC
130. Chattanooga, TN
132. Philadelphia, PA
152. Memphis, TN
154. Los Angeles, CA
166. San Francisco, CA
174. San Jose, CA
177. Hickory, NC
181. Spartanburg, SC

Kingsport's strong suit was "low cost of doing business" -- which ranked #8 in the U.S.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Kingsport Town Center

Read Times-News article by Matthew Lane online at

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Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.