PARTNERS NEWSLETTER | JULY 2020
From the President's Desk
August now brings the end of summer vacations and the start of school. Well, normally. As we all know, there is nothing normal about this year. In 1854, under the leadership of then Gov. Andrew Johnson, the Tennessee General Assembly passed legislation to establish public education in Tennessee. We as a community are facing extreme challenges to carry out the intent of this legislation. Our current leaders are working tirelessly to develop the best possible plans to provide safe education for our students and teachers. Our community too, is working hard to provide the best possible experience as well. The beauty of our mountains and the size of our county pose challenges that our leaders and community are working to overcome. The 632 square miles that exist within the borders of Greene County, create a fiscal challenge of providing all families access to internet. This is the TVA of our time. As TVA worked to provide electricity to all households in rural Tennessee through state and federal funding, the GCP staff is working with state and federal agencies and our legislators to apply for funding to expand internet services to all residents in Greene County. Unfortunately, this is a longer-term solution to the current challenge of insufficient internet services.  The reality of a possible virtual school semester creates a more immediate need. This need is being addressed by educators and clergy. During a recent meeting, I was most impressed by the willingness to try and resolve this issue. It was no surprise that our community pulled together to put our children first. Has this issue been completely resolved? No, but all options, scenarios, and potential solutions are being presented, discussed, and reviewed to try and establish a plan to educate ALL our children. 

The GCP is also working to adapt and provide the best programming to assist our students and our industries with modified workplace training. An educated and well-trained workforce is a key component to recruiting industry that provide jobs and further improve our quality of life. Ben Franklin said, “If a man empties his purse into his head, no man can take it away from him. An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.”

As the economy continues to improve, we must continue to support our local businesses. These dollars that stay home, recycle and support the future of our community by funding education. Last month our sales tax revenues were 20% higher year-over-year for the month of June. Washington County increased only 9% and Sullivan County 5%. Thank you again, for supporting our local business which in turn, support our children. Local dollars support local needs! 

Be a super hero and MASK UP for Greene County!
Jeff
Sundown on Depot
 The fifth annual Sundown on Depot will return to historic downtown Greeneville on August 22 with a new location, Main Street. Cars, trucks and bikes of all makes and models are invited to cruise in to downtown, fill Main Street, and enjoy the day. Food trucks and concession vendors will be offering their fare. Hours of Sundown are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Capitol Theatre , located on Main Street, will offer a 3 p.m., showing of the classic movie “California Kid”.

Proceeds from the show go to fund the ministry of Holston United Methodist Home for Children. Visit Sundown on Depot on Facebook and Instagram for more details or contact Bill Collins, 552-8376, Mike Boles, 638-4558, or Joni Parker, Greene County Partnership, 423-638-4111.
Membership
New Members
The Greene County Partnership welcomes the following new members:  Merle Norman Cosmetics , Moon Child Bouti que & Gift s , and Tri City Vision Center .
Ribbon Cuttings & Groundbreakings
The Greene Coat Ambassadors attended a ribbon cutting for  Moon Child Boutique & Gifts  that was held July 13th, opening the doors to their new business on Main Street.
The Greene Coat Ambassadors attended a groundbreaking for the new Unity Urology , July 16.  The new office will be located at 189 Liberty Way. 
The Greene Coat Ambassadors attended a groundbreaking for Top Choice BBQ , July 20.  The new building will be located at 919 W. Main Street.
The Greene Coat Ambassadors welcomed Greenwood Oaks Farm & Event Venue at a ribbon cutting on Wednesday, July 22. The new business is located at 590 Greenwood Road, Afton.
Tourism
We're Glad You're Open
“We’re Glad You’re Open”, is Tourism’s new social media campaign. To date, Tourism has visited several businesses and tourist attractions with the new sign. The campaign is meant to draw attention to the sites that are reopening and to new businesses to the area. Tourism is also scheduling more Facebook Lives in the weeks ahead where safe. The most recent one being at Brumley’s Restaurant and the General Morgan Inn . If you would like to schedule a Facebook Live or a photo opportunity with the “Open” sign, contact Tammy Kinser at tkinser@greenecop.com or call 423-638-4111.
Tourism wins at Pinnacle Awards
The Tourism Department and its Sports Council brought home the gold from the Northeast TN Tourism Association’s Pinnacle Awards on June 25 in Johnson City. The three awards included: Best Marketing Campaign: Sharkation 2019 featuring Sammy the Shark, Best Public Relations Campaign: the 2 nd Annual High Tops to High Heels, A Celebration of Women in Sports & Tourism Luncheon, and Partnership Award: The Partnering of Greene County Partnership Tourism, The General Morgan Inn and Niswonger Performing Arts Center . A special thanks goes out to all of our sponsors and supporters of the Tourism Department and the Sports Council.
Tourism is working with larger venues in the community in the past couple of months. One being Volunteer Speedway , the “World’s Fastest Dirt Track.” Tammy Kinser is working with Landon Stallard, owner of the speedway on packages with the local hotels and businesses. As quoted by Anil Patel at Super 8, “Our daily occupancy rate goes from 20% during the week to 80% on race weekends.” Kinser is also working with Steven Neesen at the Greeneville Municipal Airport on a new event “Wings & Wheels on the GreenE.” This event, originally set for July 19 unfortunately had to be postponed. The new date is planned for September 12 from 11:30-2:30. Stay tuned to Tourism’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/DiscoverGreenevilleTN.Now for a series of posts highlighting aviation and its impact on our community.  
Keep Greene Beautiful
Yard of the Month Contest
Congratulations to June Yard of the Month Winner Mrs. Thelma Kilgore (E. Rollins Street). Thelma received a $50 gift card from Broyles General Store. 

During the Yard of the Month program no yard will be allowed to receive more than one award within the calendar year. The residential property of all current Greene County residents are eligible to participate. Yard upkeep may be done by the homeowner or a professional landscaper. Yard of the Month winner will be asked to display their award sign and are expected to maintain their yard in the same manner that allowed them to win their title of “Yard of the Month.”

Keep Greene Beautiful will continue to take nominations from the public and award winners for July, August and September. Yard of the Month will be judged by volunteers of Keep Greene Beautiful. You can find all of the information about this program and the judging criteria online at www.keepgreenebeautiful.com .
Keep Greene Beautiful Golf Tournament
Sponsored by GFL Environmental is August 13 th at Link Hills Country Club. Teams are still available for the tournament. Lunch, dinner, cart and green fees are included in a team sponsorship for $400. Sponsorships are available as follows: Luncheon, $750; Contest, $200; and Hole Sponsor, $100.   Click here for the brochure. Anyone interested in the tournament should contact Jennifer Wilder at 638-4111 or kgb@greenecop.com .
Household Hazardous Waste Collection Postponed
The Annual Household Hazardous Waste Collection that was scheduled for September has been postponed. Please check Keep Greene Beautiful’s website for a new date when announced.
Free Electronic Recycling Day
A “Free Electronic Recycling Day will be held Friday, August 7 th at the new location of the Greene County Fairgrounds back parking lot from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit www.keepgreenebeautiful.com for a list of items accepted.
Education & Workforce Development
The Greene County Partnership Education & Workforce Development Department is seeking community and business partners for local schools. Master Partnerships enable personnel from the educational and business worlds to interact and accomplish common goals. If your business would like to learn more about this program, please contact Dana Wilds at econdev@greenecop.com or 423-638-4111.
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