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Thursday, July 30, 2015

Video: Kingsport leaders take pies to the face

Video: Kingsport leaders take pies to the face

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

MoveToKingsport Annual Report 9 Years (July 2006-June 2015)

Executive Summary:   

  • 4,114 families from all 50 states, DC and the Virgin Islands have moved to Kingsport
  • The net gain of “moved to” vs. “moved away” was +580 families or 1,334 individuals (it had been as low as the high 400’s in previous years)
  • Each net newcomer generates has $25,000 buying power, that’s $33,350,000 in annual consumer spending
  • All metrics (out-of-state relocations, moved into existing structures, moved from <35 miles away) show positive trendlines except new construction, which has become a targeted strategy. Out of state relocations is flat based on the data from this last year alone. This may be anomalous as all other recent data shows slow growth, but we are continuing to monitor the issue.
  • Washington, DC-VA-MD-WV recaptured the #1 slot, edging out Tampa Bay, FL as the #1 out-of-state market moving to Kingsport.  Rounding out the Top 10 are Atlanta, Miami, Asheville, New York, Chicago, Charlotte, Orlando, and Virginia Beach
  • Out of state relocation is unusually low (does not include Virginia relocations).
  • New residential construction was up 33% compared to the average of the past 6 years
  • % of newcomers occupying new housing was 5% compared to 5-8% in previous years

Lynn Tully
Lynn Tully, AICP
Development Services Director
City of Kingsport

Ph: (423) 229-9319

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Kingsport Aquatic Center ranked nationally

Good morning,


My name is Rebecca and I work on a lifestyle & travel blog named the BLT. Our upcoming blog is called 'The 15 Most Amazing Public Pools Worth Diving Into'. We do have the article complete and Kingsport Aquatic Center is being featured. The article is set to go live on July 21st. Below I have posted the link to the article. You can also view all of our previous articles here




Have a wonderful day.



Rebecca Potter
BLT Marketing Coordinator

Vacations Made Easy

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Dobyns-Bennett Alumni Board Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

Dobyns-Bennett Alumni Board Announces 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Dobyns-Bennett High School Alumni Association Board is proud to announce the Dobyns-Bennett Alumni Hall of Fame Class of 2015:

Michael Ainslie – Class of 1961
Robin Jarvis Askew – Class of 1974
Dr. Locke Carter – Class of 1954
Lois Patrick Young-Dobyns – Class of 1954
Anne Pope – Class of 1979
Fred Walton – Class of 1963                                

The 2015 Induction Ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 11 a.m. located at MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort and Convention Center. The ceremony is open to the public, but seating is limited. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 the day of the event; lunch is provided.

“So many Dobyns-Bennett graduates have made and are making tremendous contributions to society; the Dobyns-Bennett Alumni Association proudly acknowledges and honors the accomplishments of outstanding D-B graduates with their induction into the Dobyns-Bennett Alumni Hall of Fame,” said D-B Alumni Association President Linc Jarvis. “I encourage everyone to learn more about this year’s six new Hall of Fame inductees and to join us in honoring these impressive Dobyns-Bennett alumni.”

The D-B Alumni Association Hall of Fame was established in 2009 and all inductees (photos and biographies) can be found online at D-B Alumni Hall of Fame on

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Linc Jarvis, D-B Alumni Association President at (423) 246.6176 or Thom Throp at (423) 797.0604.

The Dobyns-Bennett High School Alumni Association seeks to unite DBHS alumni and to keep them informed of community and school news. The mission is to support Dobyns-Bennett and to keep our thousands of graduates engaged in those activities. For more information, visit D-B Alumni Association & Reunions on

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,000 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

For more information on KCS, visit, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FMThe Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, watch KCS Today on Charter Channel 16 or call (423) 378.2100. We’re social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KptSchools) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).

Marybeth McLain
Communications Editor
Kingsport City Schools
400 Clinchfield Street, Ste. 200
Kingsport, TN 37660

Ph. (423) 378.2123

Did you know that for every dollar in sales tax collected,
50 cents is shared between city and county schools?
Be Loyal – Buy Local … #ShopKPT!

Life is a box of Chocolates for Kingsport woman - Community - Tri Cities

Thursday, July 16, 2015

June New Business Report

Attached please find the June 2015 New Business Listings. Includes monthly and last 12 months.  Also included in pdf and xls format.



Report available at





Lynn Tully

Lynn Tully, AICP

Development Services Director

City of Kingsport


Ph: (423) 229-9319


Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Medallion Hunt Returns to Kingsport

Kingsport Times News

Medallion Hunt to return to Kingsport
Once the hunt begins, medallion hunters should search for a clear acrylic plaque, with KINGSPORT TREASURE HUNT, an image of a treasure chest, ...

Flashback to the Independence Day Parade


Hundreds turn out for Kingsport Independence Day Parade
The Kingsport Mack Riddle American Legion Independence Day Parade marched down Fort Henry Drive. Politicians, school bands, businesses and ...

TVA Boone Dam Update - July 7, 2015



July 7, 2015


“The Boone Dam Weekly Update” is published each week to help keep TVA’s stakeholders informed on the activities associated with repairing the earthen embankment at Boone Dam. These updates and other information are available at TVA’s website: and via email distribution.


Reminder: TVA Closing Areas Above and Below Boone Dam


This week, TVA began closing off areas just above and below Boone Dam to boaters as preparations begin for future repair work at the dam. A line of buoys and barrier floats are being placed approximately 1,200 feet downstream of the dam and an average of 300 feet upstream of the dam to mark temporary closure of the fore bay and tail water areas to recreational boaters.


The purpose of this temporary closure is for the safety and protection of the general public, and TVA’s employees and contractors, during construction work now being planned for the dam.

Please see the photo below which depicts where the barriers will be placed for this closure.





Status of the Investigation


The team of TVA dam safety and industry experts has narrowed down the possible solutions for fixing the Boone Dam earthen embankment. The team is meeting with TVA senior management to discuss the options and determine the final solution. An announcement is tentatively scheduled for the last week of July.


Status of TVA’s Permit Applications for Lake Access


The permit application public comment periods for public access ramps and the new swim beach for the Boone Lake ramp extension projects are divided between two agencies – the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE). TDEC’s public comment closed yesterday (July 6) for all three ramps.


The USACE public comment period for the Devault Bridge project closed June 30 while the public comment period for Pickens Bridge and the Boone Dam 22R projects posted July 1 and will remain open for 30 days.


Recent Rainfall Doesn’t Impact Boone Operations


Parts of the Tennessee Valley experienced above average rainfall last week, but not the Boone area. Boone Lake received 1.4 inches over the last 7 days – near normal rainfall for this time of year. The rains did not impact operations at the dam.  


Community Outreach


If you are interested in having a member of the TVA team speak to your group or organization about the seepage and erosion issue at Boone Dam, please let me know.


Please let me know if you have any questions.






J. Bert Robinson

TVA – Government Relations

865-632-7422 (Office)

865-696-4881 (Cell)



Friday, July 03, 2015

Brickyard Park Ribbon Cutting 7/2/2015

Kingsport wins Top 20 spot on state's 'Best Places To Start A Business' list

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A servant's heart: Shades of Grace United Methodist Church continuing Watts' work

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UT signs as research partner with Eastman Chemical

The University of Tennessee took another step Monday to broaden its role in advanced technology as it signed an agreement with Eastman Chemical Co. to collaborate on research, particularly in neutron science and additive manufacturing.

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Downtown Kingsport to host wine festival

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Crazy 8's

Hank Brown, Event DirectorC8logo_new06c


Press Release

For Immediate Release

Indian Path Medical Center & Niswonger Children’s Hospital Crazy 8s 8K Run

2015 Race Plans Unveiled For 25th Anniversary Race
Past Winners Ndirnagu and Kosgei Returning To Crazy 8s

Kingsport, TN

Who would have known 25 years ago that a little race in Kingsport, TN would grow into one of the top running events in the world, with not one, but two, world records over that time period?  On Saturday night, July 11th, the Indian Path Medical Center & Niswonger Children’s Hospital Crazy 8s 8K Run will mark a milestone with the 25th anniversary event on the world famous figure-8 course, with candle-lit streets and rousing finish inside J. Fred Johnson Stadium.  

“We’re really excited about the 25th Anniversary,” said event director Hank Brown.  “My wife, Natalie and I decided we wanted to make this like a big birthday party, and everyone is invited!”

Brown is also excited to announce that two previous winners will return to the starting line on Ft Henry Drive at precisely 9:58 pm and chase the Michelob Ultra $5,000 Dash For The Gold, and the Regional Eye Center $10,008 world record bonus.  Defending champ Simon Ndirangu from Kenya will return as well as 3-time winner Shadrack Kosgei, also from Kenya.  Ndirangu also won the event in 2007.  

“Simon and Shadrack always run well here,” said Brown.  “They always push each other and I can guarantee both will be right up in the front of the pack.  We are working on some other really top athletes as well, so we expect to announce quite a few more in the coming weeks.  I think we will have several who have a legitimate chance to break the 8K world record.”

The McDonald’s of Greater Kingsport Little 8s Youth Field Day will kick things off on Saturday with fun field day activities for kids and families.  The age group runs will feature races for toddlers to 12-years old with distances from 100 yards to 600 yards.  Special 8s will return this year with races for individuals with special needs.  

The 3K Moon Walk, presented by Wellmont/CVA Heart Institute and Eastman Credit Union, is one of the largest walks in the area.  This non-competitive 3k event will start on Ft. Henry Drive and return to finish inside the stadium.  The event has been re-vamped this year with a new name and fun, entertaining atmosphere, but with the same focus on heart healthy activities.  Expect to hear plenty of Michael Jackson music during this event!

For the first time in the history of the event, Crazy 8s will be raising money for multiple charities through the Crazy 8s Race To Raise Charities.  Crazy 8s will present nearly $7,000 to nine different charities, based on participation in each of the Crazy 8s events.  The 2015 charities are:
The American Cancer Society, The Sullivan County Humane Society, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, The Wellmont Foundation Heart Fund, Meals On Wheels, The March Of Dimes, The Appalachian Senior Center, Wounded Warrior Program, and The Sullivan Central Cougar Band

For the second year in a row, ESPN Tri-Cities in conjunction with Freeman Productions, will air the Crazy 8s race live.  The Healthy Lifestyles Expo will feature health and fitness related vendors and booths.  The expo will be in the Dobyns-Bennett parking lot outside the stadium, and will open to the public at 5:00 pm Saturday.  

For more information or to register for any Crazy 8s event, visit   

Sponsors are Indian Path Medical Center, Niswonger Children’s Hospital, The Regional Eye Center, Michelob Ultra, Wellmont/CVA Heart Institute, Eastman Credit Union, McDonald’s of Greater Kingsport, CrestPoint Health, Express Signs, Food City, Culligan, Cakebuds, United Healthcare, Oak Hill Cemetery, and Dashboard Audio.

VIP Water Station Sponsors are Jon Mather Dentist, Mountain Region Family Medicine, UBS Financial Services, Hope Haven, Holston Medical Group, Soul2Soles, Highlands Fellowship, and Colonial Heights Baptist Church.

Crazy 8s is managed by We Run Events and is part of Kingsport’s Fun Fest.

For past history of Crazy 8s results with past winners, all-time fastest Crazy 8s times, and participation figures, go to

Good things are happening at Kingsport Senior Center

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RiverBend rises again

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KNETIC donates final dollars to PEAK, carousel

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Kingsport's Allyson Dunn Captures Tennessee State Women's Amateur

Sustainable Manufacturing: A Q&A With Eastman Chemical's Mark Cox

Sustainable Manufacturing: A Q&A With Eastman Chemical's Mark Cox

Art in Public Places and Kingsport Sculpture Walk to establish Appalachian Sculpture Trail - News

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Kingsport continues to lead growth in Sullivan sales tax revenue

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NETWORKS Newsletter - Q2 2015


Community Stakeholders Report 
 2nd Quarter - 2015

Dear Jeff,
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From the Desk of the CEO...

Celebrating Our Nation's Corporate Independence

It's an exciting time to be Where Tennessee Begins Its Business Day. As we head into our nation's birthday celebration, we have enjoyed our taste of the American dream here in Northeast Tennessee over the past few months.

Most recently, Bristol welcomed Send the Light Distribution in early June. The distributor of Christian products such as Bibles and other books moved its operations from Carter County to the former A.H. Schreiber building, bringing with it 121 jobs.

In early May, Homeland Vinyl Products announced it had purchased a building in the Phipps Bend Industrial Park in Hawkins County. The company will employ 65 people immediately and hopes to add 40 more over the next few years, manufacturing vinyl fence, decking and railing products, and accessories.

Several initiatives you will be reading about in upcoming newsletters are designed for attracting new industry to Partnership Park II. NETWORKS and the City of Bristol have partnered to complete the water, sewer, electric, and broadband infrastructure throughout the park. (I am working with TNECD on adjusting some of the state's infrastructure assistance program that could lead to at least partial reimbursement down the road.) We are also designing a virtual building program (also referred to as a dynamic building program) for at least two tracts in the park. We are combining our staff's own experiences with and knowledge of these programs with some of our partners across the state who have created successful programs of their own so that we have the optimal program for this park and our county.

Our team continues to expand its work with existing industry through our FIRST program, with Brian Ritz, who joined our staff in late March, now heading up that initiative. 

Michael Parker has our staff and partners on task in preparation for our Red Carpet Tour in concert with the Tennessee Economic Partnership. As a TEP board member, I couldn't be prouder of the job our team did last year in hosting consultants from nine on the nation's top firms along with six senior staff members of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. This year's event promises to be even better than our highly lauded inaugural tour last year.

Brian and Michael have been just as excited as I have to welcome our newest staff member. Dana Glenn joined us in June as our Administrative and Marketing Coordinator. By her first afternoon in the office, she had revived our Facebook page and it had received nearly 100 likes. She is also busy updating our website and very involved in all of our ongoing marketing efforts.

We have so many great assets that are directly or indirectly connected to NETWORKS that have been bringing positive attention to us lately: our chairman Mitch Walters was recognized as a Junior Achievement Hall of Fame laureate; Eastman Chemical had two impressive items in the news with the announcement of a multi-year agreement to conduct collaborative research with the University of Tennessee and its recognition with an Energy Star POY Sustained Excellence award; NESCC President Dr. Janice Gilliam announcing the iNortheast program that will provide iPads to incoming freshmen this fall, news that came on the heels of the college winning a $75,000 Promise Forward grant; and the Tri-Cities Airport receiving the Tennessee Aeronautics Commission Award for Excellence.

Prospect activity has been steady but projects have been moving along at a relatively slow pace, all the more important that we have had our recent announcements and that, by and large, our existing industries are doing so well.

In May I participated in the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit held at East Tennessee State University.  The TVC is a multi-state organization established by former Tennessee governor Lamar Alexander in the 1980s which has grown into a leading player in establishing regional strategies and programs. Several of NETWORKS's key stakeholders and partners, such as Eastman Chemical and Tri-Cities Aerospace Park, were sponsors of the summit.

With the recent additions of Brian and Dana, our Red Carpet Event, less than two months away (that is a frightening thing to type, by the way), and working projects throughout the county and in the Phipps Bend Industrial Park, we have certainly been busy. And your support and belief in our efforts and the economic well-being of our county and region have been especially valuable and appreciated recently. It is truly a rewarding mission we approach every day. This is an appropriate weekend to appreciate that mission and that we live in a country founded on freedom, not the least of which is free enterprise.

Have a fun and safe Fourth of July weekend and thank you for all you do for our community, region, state, and country.

Upcoming Meetings

Full Board

July 8, 2015

8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Northeast State Community College
Library - Room L106

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NETWORKS Welcomes Two New Staff Members

Brian Ritz  
Project Manager
Brian is a native of Kingsport, TN.  Prior to joining NETWORKS this May, he spent over four years as the Key Accounts Manager for BVU Authority in Bristol, VA.  Along with acting as Project Manager, Brian also leads the FIRST Existing Industry program.  He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business from Milligan College.

Dana Glenn
Administrative & Marketing Coordinator
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Dana comes to NETWORKS from the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship (KOSBE,) where she served as the Administrative and Marketing Coordinator for two years.  She currently manages NETWORKS' online presence, including social media and website updates, and is involved in all marketing and administrative activities.  Dana holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from East Tennessee State University.

NETWORKS welcomes the City of Bristol's newest addition to the economic development team 

Tom Anderson
Business Specialist

Tom previously worked as the President of Carter County Tomorrow, a community and economic development organization. Prior to going to Carter County, Anderson served as East Tennessee State University's Director of Economic Development for a rural economic development program. He holds a BS degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, MS and is pursuing his Masters in Public Management at ETSU.

New Businesses

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International distributor of Christian products brings 100+ jobs to Bristol, TN

The City of Bristol welcomed a new company to Bristol, Tennessee's Bristol Industrial Park.

Send The Light Distribution (STL) is one of the largest Christian product distributors in the world. The company leased the former A.H. Schreiber building, owned by developer Steve Johnson.
The company has local roots that date back to the early 1970's. Lea Powers, Mayor of Bristol, Tennessee said, "I am excited to welcome a company with such a long and valued history as Send The Light Distribution to the Bristol business community. We believe that this company saw the huge benefit that comes from locating in our city in terms of access to a superb work force and an ardent support system we offer to all our businesses from the small start-ups to large corporations."

Shari Brown, the city's economic development and community director, said she believes the company saw the huge benefit that comes from locating in Bristol.

"He (Bailey) is leasing the building, so the property owner took care of all the property renovations to make the building adequate for their needs," Brown said. "The city will see an increase in work force numbers by 100 employees with the move and the possibility of more through additional company contracts coming to fruition."

The city will see an increase in workforce numbers increase by more than 100 employees with the move and the possibility of more through additional company contracts coming to fruition.
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Purchase of former Alladin Plastics plant will save 40 existing jobs and create 25 new jobs

A new company has purchased the former Alladin Plastics plant in Surgoinsville and will not only save the current 40 jobs there, but will also create an additional 25 jobs.

Homeland Vinyl Products Inc. has purchased a facility at the Phipps Bend Industrial Park that was most recently occupied by Engineering Plastics Corporation (EPC).

Homeland Vinyl Products is one of the largest manufacturers of vinyl fence, deck and railing systems in the U.S. Through this expansion, the company will move its manufacturing equipment from Colorado to the Surgoinsville location, which will allow for the addition of new product lines.

"We want to welcome Homeland Vinyl to Tennessee and I thank them for creating these new jobs in Hawkins County," TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd said. "Homeland Vinyl is a valuable addition to these communities and we look forward to their continued growth and success."

FIRST Meeting (Existing Industry)

Local Industry Leaders Attend the FIRST Meeting in Bristol to Discuss Local Workforce and Wages & Benefits Survey
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NETWORKS held its latest FIRST program meeting on June 25 at the Foundation Event Facility located at 620 State Street in Bristol, TN.  The FIRST event was well attended as around 40 of our existing industry base and community partners were represented.  Immediately following the program, Dr. Keith Young, Dean of Off-Campus Programs and Services at Northeast State conducted a tour of the Northeast State of Bristol campus which also served as the host for the event. 

The FIRST meeting presentations were very informative and included a wide range of interaction with the audience.  The opening presentation was done by NETWORKS CEO Clay Walker and Times Digital Group's David Cate.  Times Digital Group was selected by NETWORKS to assist in producing & administering the Wages and Benefits Survey.  Dr. Young conducted a presentation which focused on Northeast State's perspective on meeting the needs of today's workforce.  The presentation also included information pertaining to the fascinating features of the Northeast State's Bristol campus located at 620 State Street in Bristol. 

Kingsport City Schools Superintendent Dr. Lyle Ailshie conducted the next presentation regarding AccelNOW's CEO program.  The CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunities) program allows high school juniors and seniors to experience skills such as starting their own business, spending time with a mentor from the business community, and visiting dozens of businesses each year. 

The final program of the afternoon was a presentation on the ACT Work Ready Communities certification process presented by Kathy Pierce, Executive Director of the Alliance for Business & Training.  This program is a process that links workforce development to education by individuals obtaining the ACT National Career Readiness Certificate and employers in our region recognizing that certificate. 

If you have questions pertaining to information covered at the most recent FIRST event or about participating in future FIRST events please contact Brian Ritz at 423-279-7682 or

<![if !vml]><![endif]>UPDATE - Wages & Benefits Survey

The 2015 Wages and Benefits survey is underway and will be rolled out in the next coming months.  NETWORKS selected David Cate of Times Digital Group to help administer and design the survey.  The survey will be eligible to the existing industries located within the footprint of Sullivan County. The key components of the survey are:  participation, anonymity, security, and added value to Sullivan County's existing industry base. 

The survey aims to provide a greater understanding of the current job market in Sullivan County.  This instrument will provide companies with wage and benefit information they can use to benchmark, evaluate, and make future decisions in addressing future workforce needs.  Companies who participate in the survey will gain access to the final survey results once all information has been received and calculated.  Finally, the most important aspect of the survey will be ensuring that the mechanics of the survey will be constructed in a manner that is secure and anonymous.  Measures will be taken to make sure that once the information is collected that any information tied back to that participating entity is destroyed.  This component produces an anonymous, confidential survey which will give both reliable and valid information back to our existing industry base and assist in the recruitment of new industry.

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions regarding the 2015 Wages and Benefits Survey please contact Brian Ritz at 423-279-7682 or

Northeast TN Red Carpet Tour - 2015

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NETWORKS staff continues to prepare for the upcoming Northeast Tennessee Red Carpet Tour scheduled for August 20 - 23. The event is one of three Tennessee Economic Partnership-sponsored annual in-bound marketing initiatives. TEP is a marketing organization led by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development and TVA, and supported by partner communities and other related organizations. 

The Red Carpet Tour is NETWORKS's signature in-bound marketing event held annually in conjunction with the Irwin Tools Night Race at the Bristol Motor Speedway. This event hosts up to 12 site location consultants from some of the nation's top firms to learn about our community first hand and experience one of NASCAR's premier racing events. 

NETWORKS staff is working closely with the Bristol Motor Speedway to secure accommodations for the event.

NETWORKS has received grants from several partnering agencies including: Tennessee Valley Authority - Economic Development (TVA-ED), Appalachian Electric Power (AEP), Tennessee Economic Partnership (TEP), and Northeast Tennessee Valley Regional Industrial Development Association (NETVRIDA). 

"The Red Carpet Tour culminating with the Bristol Night Race was an overwhelming success by all accounts last year," said NETWORKS CEO Clay Walker. "We had great attendance from site location consultants and partners from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, TVA, and TEP. Our team, which includes our staff, our partner cities and county, board members, and elected officials, made it such a success and I know they will make this year's event an even bigger success. I believe this is going to become a tradition and signature event for our region and state."

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership
| P.O. Box 747 | Blountville | TN | 37617

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.