PARTNERS NEWSLETTER | SEPTEMBER 2020
From the President's Desk

In 1964 the Beatles topped the international charts singing about “A Hard Day’s Night.” Fast forward to 2020, a strong economy and the lyrics: “It’s been a hard day’s night, and I’ve been working like a dog. It's been a hard day's night; I should be sleeping like a log”, are still appropriate for the GCP. We are always working to recruit new businesses and industry to Greene County. Of late, we have been “working like a dog” as our top priority has been to fill the numerous, 300+jobs in manufacturing; jobs that need able bodies and minds. 

The phrase we “ALL” love to hear in a strategy meeting, “Think outside the box!” was coined in 1969 by John Adair. The challenges of COVID on our operations, along with the new challenge of recruiting employees, we have pushed ourselves to really “think outside the box” in 2020 and Mr. Adair, you should be pleased. In addition to our normal communication channels utilizing our partners The Greeneville Sun, WGRV, and the GCP Website, we have also utilized the following:
·      Facebook: Facebook Event for our Virtual Job Fair, Virtual Flyer
·      Instagram and Twitter
·      WJHL
·      Flyers: Handed 500+ flyers at Parks and Rec Halloween Drive thru and were also put in Greene County Schools students’ backpacks.

David Bowie sang, “Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes, turn and face the strange changes.” He had no idea how prophetic he was regarding COVID and communications. COVID has further reiterated that for our community ALL channels of communication, especially social media, are critically important and the communications strategy for the GCP has had to change if we are going to be effective. Managing these various channels are very time consuming and necessary to compete for employees and industries. As a result, we have created a new position, Public Relations Manager, to fill this role.  More to come on this great news….

COVID has made us “turn and face the strange” as we continue to wear our masks, continually sanitize hands and spaces, as well as, be more creative in our communication and recruitment strategies. One thing that has not changed, is the GCP “working like a dog” to develop initiatives to change in order to not only meet the “strange,” but beat the “strange”.

Mask up and be safe so you can face the strange!

Jeff  
Chamber
Shop Small Greene
Shop these businesses Small Business Saturday and participate in the annual shopping scavenger hunt. Great prizes for participants AND you are supporting local when you shop these businesses.

  • Artistic Printers
  • Back Porch Antiques
  • Baileyton Antique Mall
  • Bravo Home Design
  • Brolin and Bailey Co.
  • Broyles General Store
  • Brumley Expressions
  • Burlap Bunny
  • Catalyst Coffee Company
  • Central Drug
  • Creamy Cup
  • Creekside Vinyl
  • Ester and Ella
  • Greene County Partnership
  • Greeneville Antique Market
  • Gypsy Soul Market
  • Mercantile on Main
  • Merle Norman
  • Mountain Song Jewelers
  • Pritchard Designs
  • Shop Small Christmas Craft Show
  • Sleep Solutions
  • Still Waters Antiques
  • The Greene House
  • Town Square Packaging

*Interested in joining these businesses above in our Shop Small Greene fun? Contact Joni Parker at chamber@greenecop.com.
Greeneville Ornaments
Who's ready for the holidays? The Greene County Partnership is proud to introduce our newest Greeneville ornament. This ceramic ornament features hand-painted watercolor icons of Greeneville. They are $18.00 each, and are now available for pre-order. Pre-orders may be placed by visiting the Partnership offices at 115 Academy Street or by calling 423-638-4111.
Ribbon Cuttings
The Greene Coat Ambassadors welcomed Southbound Real Estate at a ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 22. The new business is located at 1220 Tusculum Blvd. 
GCP Foundation Small Business Grant
Applications are still being accepted for the GCP Foundation's Small Business Grant Program. For additional information and for the application, click here.
Member Mailing
Space is available for the Member Emailing! The cost is $50 per flyer/PDF. This is a great opportunity to market your products or businesses. Contact Lori Dowell at 638-4111 or email gcp@greenecop.com.
Economic and Workforce Development
Agribusiness
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Coronavirus Food Assistance Program 2 is accepting applications now through December 11. Check the website: www.farmers.gov/cfap.

Tourism
Thank you, Tammy Kinser, for over 21 years of promoting Tourism in Greene County! We thank you for all you have done and wish you the very best in your new endeavor.
Keep Greene Beautiful
Keep Greene Beautiful Virtual Halloween Hustle 3 Mile Walk

Thank you to all who signed up and supported Keep Greene Beautiful’s Halloween Hustle 3 Mile Walk. Due to COVID restrictions, this year’s walk was virtual. And special Thank You to our sponsors Forward Air, First Horizon, MedTec, Life Care Center of Greeneville, and Apex Bank.
Economic and Workforce Development
JOBS. JOBS. JOBS.
Now hiring, Greene County.
Three hundred plus jobs are available in Greene County. Have a job you need promoted? Know someone looking for employment? Contact Christy Potts at econdev@greenecop.com or call 423.638.4111

Visit our virtual talent exchange at VTE.

Mark your calendars: the Greeneville American Job Center will be hosting an outdoor, socially distanced job fair on Thursday, November 5th 2020 from 1pm-330pm. It will be located in the AJC parking lot at: 128 Serral Dr. Greeneville, TN 37745.

Manufacturers Council will re-launch November 2. For more information and to learn more, contact Christy Potts at econdev@greene.cop.
Living Downtown Greeneville, TN Survey
In an effort to collect feasibility data for a downtown project, the Greene County Partnership is seeking input regarding downtown living. Please take a minute to give your feedback by answering three quick questions.

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