Welcome New Members
The Partnership welcomes the following new members:  Alliance AutoGas , Greeneville Reds, Greene County Imagination Library, Creamy Cup, Ronnie Sartain and Old Oak Taproom.
GCP Annual Meeting
Mark your calendars now for the Greene County Partnership Annual Meeting that is planned for Thursday, March 15 at the General Morgan Inn & Conference Center from 5 to 7 pm.  Invitations will be sent to all members this week. Thank you to our sponsors of the 2018 event: A Services Group

Member Breakfasts
Sponsorships are available for the 2018 Monthly Membership Breakfasts.  Contact Lori Dowell at 423-638-4111 or email 
for more information on sponsoring one of these events. The following months available for sponsorship are May and September.

Legislative Breakfast
Mark your calendar now for the Annual Partnership Legislative Breakfast scheduled for Friday, March 23, at the General Morgan Inn & Conference Center.  Summers Taylor will sponsor the event.  This is always a great opportunity to speak with the area legislators. The cost of the breakfast is $20 per person paid in advance and $25 at the door. For more information call the Partnership office at 423-638-4111.

Youth Leadership & Youth Council
Presentations regarding the Youth Leadership and Youth Council programs will be made to students in February, at which time applications will be made available to students.  Applications are also available at the Greene County Partnership office and online and should be submitted by February 28.  Selection criteria include school and community involvement, displayed leadership abilities and academic excellence.  For more information contact  Jennifer Wilder  at the Partnership.
Great American Cleanup
Keep Greene Beautiful will be joining Keep America Beautiful affiliates across the c ountry March 1 - May 31 to observe the Great American Cleanup. D uring this observance, everyone is enco ura ged to clean up litte r from  roads and creeks, remove graffiti, initiate beautification and community imp rovement projects, and plant trees and flowers.  Sponsorships at $250 are available.  Contact Jennifer Wilder at 638-4111 or email 
kgb@greenecop.com  to schedule a cleanup or for sponsorship information.  Free trash bags are available for participating individuals.

Welcome New KGB Board Members
Keep Greene Beautiful welcomes new board members- Jim Cutshaw ( Medtec); Donna Dearing ( Apex Bank); Justin Jeffers ( Jeffers Funeral & Cremation Services); Melanie Stills ( Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice); Evan Walde ( Blue Bird Exteriors); Tim Ward ( Greeneville Police Department) and Courtney Washburn ( Tusculum College).  Contact Jennifer Wilder if you are interested in serving on the  advisor y board.

250K Tree Day
The Town of Greeneville, in partnership with Keep Greene Beautiful and the Tennessee Environmental Council is pleased to announce our participation in the "250K Tree Day", to be held on February 24 th  at the Greeneville Public Works Office, 708 W. Summer Street from 9 a.m. to noon.  The goal of Greeneville and Greene County is to distribute and plant 1,000 trees.  Residents wishing to participate may do so by calling Brad Peters at 823-4013 (please leave a message) or via email  bpeters@greenevilletn.gov  and indicate the number of trees and species desired.  Requests will be received until February 20 th  and may be reserved on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Education & Workforce Development
Career Expo 2018
Save the Date!  On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the Education & Workforce Development Department will host a Greene County Career Expo at the Greene County Fairgrounds.  This event will highlight career and educational opportunities available in Greene County.  During the event students, parents, and job seekers will have a chance to meet with employers face-to-face to discuss career opportunities.  Please contact Dana Wilds at econdev@greenecop.com or 423-638-4111 if your company would like to attend. 
In the most recent edition of Smoky Mountain Living, Tourism is featured in a cooperative ad campaign with Northeast TN Tourism Association, Johnson City CVB and Morristown area Chamber.  The ad, found in the February/March issue is just one of many co-op opportunities that the Tourism Department is working on for 2018.  As stated by Hylah Birenbaum, General Manager of the publication, the cost of that ad was $300, the circulation is 40,000 which results in a $.0075 per paid lead.  Other demographics state that the median age of readership is 45, with an annual income between $50-$100K per year with 97% having a college degree or higher, 60% female and with 90% being married.  Tourism is currently working on a writer familiarization tour with Smoky Mountain Living that will include partnering with Jonesborough.
In House Hospitality Training
The Tourism Advisory Task Force will begin "In House Hospitality Training" sessions with local restaurants in the next few weeks. The program, intended to educate servers and to increase awareness of our local asse ts, will include a printed piece that will be supplied to all servers to have in their check wall ets as a reference for those seeking things to do while visiting our area as well as a sister piece that will be available at local hotels and stores for guests to take with them.  If your business is interested in participating by hosting a session for your employees, ple ase contact Tammy Kinser  at tkinser@greenecop.com.

Day time Tri Cities  
Are you a Daytime Tri Cities fan, if so, stay tuned for some great segments on tourism in the coming mon ths.   T ammy Kinser will be a monthly guest on the  s how h ighlighti ng different events, sites an d businesses throughout 2018.  Along with the month
ly visits, Tourism is also working with Chris M cIntosh with Daytime on his new project "Hidden Gems".  Tourism hosted Chris on Jan. 30 and visited  eight different businesses.  Out of those eight, and several more during an addition al visit, Daytime wi ll choose a cross section to be included in the Hidden Gems segment.  A special thanks goes out to Chris and Daytime Tri Cities for allowing Tourism to highlight our community and increase day trips as well as overnight stays.
Tourism Video Series
Tourism's video series is almost complete.  Two videos, "The Story of Andrew Johnson" and Greeneville museums are already complete and uploaded on Tourism's  Youtube Channel.  Three more videos are coming in a few short weeks that will include entertainment, historic landmarks and Civil War sites.  These 1.5-3 minute videos will be used in the marketing and promotion of our area on www.VisitGreenevilleTN.com's website as well as downloaded and sent to potential tour groups and sports groups. 

Marketing Website & Video
The Greene County Partnership received an economic development website and marketing video through the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Marketing Assistance Program. The website and video provides the GCP with the resources needed to gain additional economic development opportunities. Thank you to our local participating companies: American GreetingsHuf North AmericaJohn Deere Power ProductsLandair, and Meco.  Please visit greenecountyecd.com to view the website and video.  

The National Association of Manufacturers just released a list of the Top 20 Facts regarding manufacturing.  I thought that you would find the top five, listed below interesting:
  • In the most recent data, manufacturers contributed $2.18 trillion to the U.S. economy in 2016. This figure has risen since the second quarter of 2009, when manufacturers contributed $1.70 trillion. Over that same time frame, value-added output from durable goods manufacturing grew from $0.87 trillion to $1.20 trillion, with nondurable goods output up from $0.85 trillion to $1.00 trillion. In 2016, manufacturing accounted for 11.7 percent of GDP in the economy. (Source: Bureau of Economic Analysis)
  • For every $1.00 spent in manufacturing, another $1.89 is added to the economy. That is the highest multiplier effect of any economic sector. In addition, for every one worker in manufacturing, there are another four employees hired elsewhere. (Source: NAM calculations using IMPLAN). With that said, there is new research suggesting that manufacturing's impacts on the economy are even larger than that if we take into consideration the entire manufacturing value chain plus manufacturing for other industries' supply chains. That approach estimates that manufacturing could account for one-third of GDP and employment. Along those lines, it also estimated the total multiplier effect for manufacturing to be $3.60 for every $1.00 of value-added output, with one manufacturing employee generating another 3.4 workers elsewhere. (Source: Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation)
  • The vast majority of manufacturing firms in the United States are quite small. In 2015, there were 251,774 firms in the manufacturing sector, with all but 3,813 firms considered to be small (i.e., having fewer than 500 employees). In fact, three-quarters of these firms have fewer than 20 employees. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Statistics of U.S. Businesses)
  • Almost two-thirds of manufacturers are organized as pass-through entities. Looking just at manufacturing corporations and partnerships in the most recent data, 65.6 percent are either S corporations or partnerships. The remainder are C corporations. Note that this does not include sole proprietorships. If they were included, the percentage of pass-through entities rises to 83.4 percent. (Source: Internal Revenue Service, Statistics of Income)
  • There are nearly 12.5 million manufacturing workers in the United States, accounting for 8.5 percent of the workforce. Since the end of the Great Recession, manufacturers have hired more than one million workers. There are 7.8 million and 4.7 million workers in durable and nondurable goods manufacturing, respectively. (Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics)
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