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Downtown Kingsport continues to see phenomenal growth in property value

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For Immediate Release January 31, 2013

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Downtown Kingsport continues to see phenomenal growth in property value
KINGSPORT – Between 2011 and 2012, Downtown Kingsport continued to see phenomenal growth in taxable property value, jumping by $22.7 million during the period according to Sullivan County public tax records.   This represents the prior year's investment rolling onto the tax rolls.
An additional $4.7 million in non-taxable public investment and $3.8 million in taxable private investment was tallied in city building permits during calendar year 2012. The largest public and private projects surrounded the Clinchfield corridor (Press Building, Food City shops, Burger King).  The same holds true for public/semi-public projects with the Kingsport City Schools Administrative Office at $3.3 million and Chamber of Commerce at $1.6 million.
The one year increase in downtown property values was 20 percent compared to 7 percent in the MeadowView area.  The Stone Drive commercial district saw a slight decrease due to turnovers in the many car dealerships in the area, although that number should improve going forward with recent developments in that area.
Since 2000, total downtown property values have nearly doubled, increasing by $64.5 million.
"We work very hard to promote all parts of the city equally, using incentives and redevelopment investments sparingly," said Jeff Fleming, Assistant City Manager for Development. "However, downtown is the DNA of any community.  It's what makes Kingsport fundamentally unique."
Fleming serves as city staff liaison to the Downtown Kingsport Association and Model City Coalition.
"Just as the global economy is changing, Kingsport is experiencing a transformation, too," Fleming said.  "Kingsport Press site went from nearly 1,000,000 square feet of heavily-industrialized book manufacturing to a major downtown retail center including a grocery, Farmer's market, and restaurants, professional and medical offices."
In addition, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen, invested more than $20 million in the Academic Village, bringing accessible educational opportunities as well as potential customers to downtown merchants. And, a new parking garage built next to City Hall has helped alleviate chronic parking shortages.
The information is gathered annually in compliance with Kingsport's designation as an official Main Street Community (www.TennesseeMainStreet.org) by the Tennessee Department of Economic & Community Development.   Tennessee's program is an affiliate of the National Main Street program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation (www.preservationnation.org/main-street)
"Our partnership with the City helps us tell our downtown success story," said Sherri Mosley, interim director of the Downtown Kingsport Association.  "By participating in the Main Street program, it helps us understand how we compare with like-minded communities across the state and nation.
"In 2013, look for us to redouble our efforts to land new destination magnets like restaurants, increase events, and focus on strengthening our core," Mosley added.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

ETSU SGA approves fee increase for football's return

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Educational Attainment in the United States: 2012


                                        Census Bureau Reports Fast Growth in
Ph.D.s and Master's Degree Holders
      From 2002 to 2012, the highest rate of increases in education attainment levels were doctorate and master's degrees, according to new statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau. The population with a doctorate grew by about 1 million, or 45 percent, while those who held a master's climbed by 5 million, or 43 percent.
      Meanwhile, the population with an associate degree rose by 5 million, or 31 percent. Those whose highest degree was a bachelor's degree grew at a smaller rate: 25 percent to 41 million. Meanwhile, the number of those without a high school or GED diploma declined by 13 percent, falling to 25 million. The rates of increase for doctorate and master's holders were not significantly different from one another.
      The statistics come from Educational Attainment in the United States: 2012, a series of national-level tables showing attainment levels by a wide range of demographic characteristics, including sex, race, Hispanic origin, marital status, household relationship, citizenship and nativity, labor force status, occupation and industry. Also included are detailed information on years of school completed, showing for each level of attainment exactly how many years of education adults have. A variety of historical time series tables going back to 1940 are also provided, as are graphs illustrating historical data.
      Women outnumbered men in 2012 among people whose highest level of education was a bachelor's degree (21 million versus 19 million) or a master's degree (9 million compared with 7.4 million). Conversely, more men had doctorate (2 million versus 1.2 million) or professional degrees (1.8 million compared with 1.2 million). Between 2002 and 2012, however, the gap between the number of men and women with professional degrees shrank.
      The tabulations also show that education continues to pay off. Among people 25 and older who had any earnings in 2011, average earnings were $59,415 for people with a bachelor's degree (but no graduate degree), compared with $32,493 for people with a high school diploma, but no college.
      These statistics come from the Current Population Survey's Annual Social and Economic Supplement, which is conducted in February, March and April each year at about 100,000 addresses nationwide.

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Robert Bernstein                                                                                 CB13-13        
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Nation's 65 and Over Labor Force, Working Students and Changes in Self-Employment


New Analyses of Census Bureau Data Examine Nation's 65 and Over Labor Force, Working Students and Changes in Self-Employment

Three new American Community Survey briefs released today from the U.S. Census Bureau focus on individuals 65 and older in the labor force, students who are working or have worked in the past year, and the self-employed.

The percentage of people 65 and older in the labor force increased from 12.1 percent in 1990 to 16.1 percent in 2010. The increase was greater for women.

"As with all age groups, the increase in labor force participation of women has been a driving factor for this overall trend," said Braedyn Kromer, an analyst in the Census Bureau's Labor Force Statistics Branch.

Between 1990 and 2010, women 65 and older experienced a 4.1 percentage point increase in labor force participation, while women 16 to 64 experienced a 1.9 percentage point increase. This compares with a 3.2 percentage point increase in the labor force participation rate for men 65 and older and a 5.2 percentage point decline in the participation rate for men 16 to 64.

These statistics are part of a series of short, topic-based briefs produced to highlight results from the 2011 American Community Survey. The three briefs released today are Labor Force Participation and Work Status of People 65 Years and Older, School Enrollment and Work Status: 2011 and Changes in Self-Employment: 2010 to 2011.

"The American Community Survey allows us to measure important demographic characteristics of the nation's labor force and helps identify the impacts of changes in the labor market," said Jennifer Cheeseman Day, assistant division chief for employment characteristics in the Census Bureau's Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division.

The School Enrollment and Work Status: 2011 brief highlights statistics on school enrollment and examines the proportion of students who worked and the amount of time they worked over the previous year. For example, the majority of undergraduate college students, 72 percent, worked during the year. Some other highlights included in the brief are:

--In 2011, 20 percent of college undergraduate students worked full-time, year-round.
--Almost half of graduate students worked full-time, year-round.
--The majority of graduate students, 82 percent, worked at least part-time during the year.

The Changes in Self-Employment: 2010 to 2011 brief examines changes in self-employment from 2010 to 2011 for the United States, the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Self-employment refers to individuals working in their own incorporated or nonincorporated businesses. Some highlights included in the brief are:

--Incorporated self-employment fell as a share of total employment nationally and in 13 states between 2010 and 2011. It increased in one state and was essentially unchanged in 36 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico.
--From 2010 to 2011, the share of nonincorporated self-employment of total employment decreased nationally and in five states (Colorado, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas) and the District of Columbia. It increased in one state and Puerto Rico and was essentially unchanged in 44 states.
--In general, incorporated self-employed workers were more likely to work in management and professional occupations and had higher employment outcomes in 2011 than nonincorporated self-employed workers. The higher employment outcomes show that they were more likely to work full-time, year-round, have health insurance and earned higher incomes.

The American Community Survey provides a wide range of important statistics about people and housing for every community across the nation. The results are used by everyone from town and city planners to retailers and homebuilders. The survey is the only source of local estimates for most of the 40 topics it covers, such as education, occupation, language, ancestry and housing costs for even the smallest communities. Ever since Thomas Jefferson directed the first census in 1790, the census has collected detailed characteristics about our nation's people. Questions about jobs and the economy were added 20 years later under James Madison, who said such information would allow Congress to "adapt the public measures to the particular circumstances of the community," and over the decades, allow America "an opportunity of marking the progress of the society."

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Super Bowl XLVII facts from Census Bureau



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Super Bowl XLVII 

Super Bowl XLVII between the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers will be played Feb. 3 at the Superdome, which will be the 10th time the Super Bowl has been played in New Orleans. To commemorate this occasion, the Census Bureau has compiled a collection of facts examining the demographics of the host city, as well as the cities represented by the contenders, in this year's edition of our nation's most celebrated sporting event. Go to <http://quickfacts.census.gov> for more statistics about these cities. Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons are statistically different from each other.


San Francisco (49ers)

14th                                        
Where San Francisco ranked on the list of the nation's most populous cities. The estimated population of San Francisco on July 1, 2011, was 812,826. San Francisco gained 7,486 people from July 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011.
Source: Census Population Estimates
<http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/tables/SUB-EST2011-01.xls>

52.1%            
Percentage of San Francisco residents 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2011; 85.9 percent had at least graduated from high school. The respective national figures were 28.5 percent and 85.9 percent. The percentage of San Francisco residents 25 and older who graduated from high school is not statistically different from the percentage of New Orleans residents 25 and older who graduated from high school.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP02/1600000US0667000>

29.6 minutes
Average amount of time it took San Francisco residents to get to work; 37.6 percent of the city's workers drove to work alone, 7.3 percent carpooled and 31.6 percent took public transportation. Nationally, it took an average of 25.5 minutes to get to work. The average amount of time it takes San Francisco residents to get to work is not statistically different from residents of Baltimore. The percentage of San Francisco residents who carpooled to work is not significantly different from the percentage of New Orleans residents.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/S0801/1600000US0667000>

46.0%            
Percentage of San Francisco residents 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home. The national average was 20.8 percent.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP02/1600000US0667000>

$69,894                          
Median household income for San Francisco. The national median was $50,502.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP03/1600000US0667000>

$719,800
Median home value of owner-occupied homes in San Francisco. The national median was $173,600.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP04/1600000US0667000>


Baltimore (Ravens)


24th                                        
Where Baltimore ranked on the list of the nation's most populous cities. The estimated population of Baltimore on July 1, 2011, was 619,493. Baltimore lost 1,067 people from July 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011.
Source: Census Population Estimates
<http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/tables/SUB-EST2011-01.xls>

27.5%            
Percentage of Baltimore residents 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2011; 80.5 percent had at least graduated from high school. The respective national figures were 28.5 percent and 85.9 percent. The percentage of Baltimore residents 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree is not statistically different from the national value.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP02/1600000US2404000>

29.6 minutes
Average amount of time it took Baltimore residents to get to work; 60.7 percent of the city's workers drove to work alone, 10.1 percent carpooled and 17.5 percent took public transportation. Nationally, it took an average of 25.5 minutes to get to work. The average amount of time it took Baltimore residents to get to work is not statistically different from the average amount of time for San Francisco residents. The percent carpooled is not statistically different from New Orleans or the U.S.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/S0801/1600000US2404000>


8.1%              
Percentage of Baltimore residents 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home. The national average was 20.8 percent. The percentage of Baltimore residents 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home is not statistically different from the percentage of New Orleans residents 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP02/1600000US2404000>

$38,721                  
Median household income for Baltimore. The national median was $50,502.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP03/1600000US2404000>

$154,400
Median home value of owner-occupied homes in Baltimore. The national median was $173,600.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP04/1600000US2404000>


New Orleans (host city)

51st                                
Where New Orleans ranked on the list of the nation's most populous cities. The estimated population of New Orleans on July 1, 2011, was 360,740. New Orleans gained 12,833 people from July 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011.
Source: Census Population Estimates
<http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2011/tables/SUB-EST2011-01.xls>

32.4%            
Percentage of New Orleans residents 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2011; 83.7 percent had at least graduated from high school. The respective national figures were 28.5 percent and 85.9 percent. The percentage of New Orleans residents 25 and older who graduated from high school is not statistically different from the percentage of San Francisco residents 25 and older who graduated from high school.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP02/1600000US2255000>

22.7 minutes
Average amount of time it took New Orleans residents to get to work; 69.5 percent of the city's workers drove to work alone, 9.7 percent carpooled and 7.8 percent took public transportation. Nationally, it took an average of 25.5 minutes to get to work. The percentage of New Orleans residents that carpooled is not statistically different from the percentage of residents in Baltimore, San Francisco or the nation.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/S0801/1600000US2255000>


8.7%              
Percentage of New Orleans residents 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home. The national average was 20.8 percent. The percentage of New Orleans residents 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home is not statistically different from the percentage of Baltimore residents 5 and older who spoke a language other than English at home.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP02/1600000US2255000>

$35,041                  
Median household income for New Orleans. The national median was $50,502.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP03/1600000US2255000>

$185,400
Median home value of owner-occupied homes in New Orleans. The national median was $173,600. The median home value in New Orleans is not statistically different from the national median home value.
Source: 2011 American Community Survey
<http://factfinder2.census.gov/bkmk/table/1.0/en/ACS/11_1YR/DP04/1600000US2255000>

Following is a list of observances typically covered by the Census Bureau's Facts for Features series:

African-American History Month (February)                Labor Day
Super Bowl                                                            Grandparents Day
Valentine's Day (Feb. 14)                                        Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)
Women's History Month (March)                               Unmarried and Single Americans Week
Irish-American Heritage Month (March)/                    Halloween (Oct. 31)
St. Patrick's Day (March 17)                                     American Indian/Alaska Native Heritage Month
Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (May)                (November)
Older Americans Month (May)                                  Veterans Day (Nov. 11)                                    
Cinco de Mayo (May 5)                                           Thanksgiving Day
Mother's Day                                                         The Holiday Season (December)                                      
Hurricane Season Begins (June 1)                                                                   
Father's Day                                                                                       
The Fourth of July (July 4)
Anniversary of Americans with Disabilities Act (July 26)
Back to School (August)                                                                                                                   

Editor's note: The preceding data were collected from a variety of sources and may be subject to sampling variability and other sources of error. Facts for Features are customarily released about two months before an observance in order to accommodate magazine production timelines. Questions or comments should be directed to the Census Bureau's Public Information Office: telephone: 301-763-3030; fax: 301-763-3762; or e-mail: <pio@census.gov>.
                                                                                                                                                                               





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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 www.MeadowViewResort.com 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 www.BestPlaces.net). 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.