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Title: New Thinking for Challenges of the Future


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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP
New Thinking for Challenges of the Future
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Richard Venable
Sullivan County Executive
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Objectives
  • Recognize and celebrate what has been
    accomplished since the 1999 Economic Summit
  • Identify gaps in current Economic Development
    Plan
  • Provide an opportunity for citizen input
  • Develop strategies that will make Kingsport a
    liveable community
  • Organize and communicate progress on each issue

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Mayor Jeanette D. Blazier
From 1999 to
2003
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Community Strengths
  • Outstanding natural beauty
  • Legacy as a progressive, well-planned city
  • Excellent public education system
  • Safe place to live
  • Rich cultural and historic heritage
  • World class healthcare system
  • Strong citizen involvement

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Opportunities for Improvement
  • Slow growth
  • Manufacturing-dependent economy
  • Older population
  • Well-educated professional population
  • Strong regional retail position likely to erode
  • Deficiency in middle income housing stock
  • Deficiency in lifestyle and quality of life
    opportunities

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Partnershipsthe key to shared success
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1999 Economic Summit Economic Development Action
Plan
  • Goal Diversification of Economic Base
  • Strategies
  • Support/retain current businesses
  • Workforce development and training
  • Small business development
  • Focusing on high tech high end retail
  • Wideband connectivity and redundancy
  • Redevelopment
  • Sports tourism
  • Spirit of entrepreneurship
  • Goal Organizational Development
  • Structure
  • Funding

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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP
New Thinking for Challenges of the Future
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Anne B. Pope
Federal Co-Chair Appalachian Regional Commission
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Robert McNulty
Partners for Liveable Communities
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