Welcome New Members
The Partnership welcomes the following new members: Memory Lane Bed & Breakfast, David L. Gass (individual), and Mountain Song Jewelers

It's Iris Festival Time In Greeneville!
Approximately 100 booths have already been reserved for the 24th
 Annual Iris Festival that will be held May 19-20 in historic downtown Greeneville.  Returning to the festival this year is the "Sundown on Depot" Car Show.  This featured activity will be joining the Evergreene Woodcarvers Competition Show & Sale, the Miss Iris Festival Pageant, continuous entertainment on two stages, and a food court offering all kinds of delicacies.   A free shuttle will be available during the hours of the show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.  For more information on the festival, visit  www.greenevilleirisfestival.com.  To register for a booth space, contact the Partnership at 423-638-4111 or email  gcp@greenecop.com.

Member Breakfasts
Sponsorships are available for the Monthly Membership Breakfasts. This is always a great attendance and networking opportunity for your business. Please contact Lori Dowell at 638-4111 or email gcp@greenecop.com for more information on sponsoring the months of September or October. 

Ambassador News

Congratulations to Krista Collier, the Green Coat Ambassador of the Quarter for March 2018 and Delora Bibb for Ambassador of the Year for 2017.  Many thanks to Krista and Delora for all their hard work and dedication!

Lunch & Learn 
Marketing to Millennials -  A Panel Discussion & Dive Into The Brains of One of the Most Complexed Generations presented by The High Road Agency will be the next in o ur monthly Lunch and Learn series.  Join us June 21 at 11:45 a.m.  A boxed lunch will be provided.  Cost to attend is $10 for members, $15 for non-members.  RSVP to chamber@greenecop.com or by calling 423-638-4111.

Leadership Greene County
The deadline for Leadership Greene County nominations is May 31st. The class begins in August with an overnight retreat.  For more information contact Jennifer Wilder at kgb@greenecop.com or visit  Leadership Greene County

Youth Council Receives Award
The Greeneville Sun and Youth Builders of Greeneville recently awarded the Greene County Youth Council Program the Volunteer Spirit Award for the 15th consecutive year.

The Agribusiness Committee is preparing for the following events:  June Dairy Day Celebration Friday, June 1,  from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greene County Fairgrounds Livestock Pavilion.  The event will feature contests, entertainment and free dairy product samples. The Beef Day Celebration will be held on Friday, July 6, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the same location.  There will be contests, entertainment and free beef products to sample as Greeneville and Greene County pays homage to the dairy and beef producers.

Member Emailing
Space is available for the Member Emailing!  The deadline to submit a one-page PDF is Friday, May 31, and the cost is $50.  This is a great opportunity to market products or businesses.  Please contact Lori Dowell at the Partnership for more information.
Great American Cleanup Continues
Keep Greene Beautiful urges all residents to clean up litter now through the end of May for the Great American Cleanup.  Trash bags are provided to all participants.
Swing Into Spring Winners
Walmart Supply Chain won the Iron Eyes Cody Traveling Trophy at the Keep Greene Beautiful Golf Tournament April 19.  Members of the team were Brian Bragdon, Randy Duncan, Denny Turner and Brad Whittenburg.  Runners-up were members of the Smoky Mountain Home Health & Hospice: Clyde Allen, Al Fine, Taun Fine and Corbin Norton.  Contest winners were Brian Bowers, Corbin Norton, Brad Whittenburg and Michael Wininger.  Special thanks to contest sponsors, Marsh Propane, Walmart Supply Chain, Jarden Zinc Products, Air Pro Heating and Cooling, Apex Bank, Mortgage Investors- Nick Hirschy and Appalachian Forest Products, hole sponsors and door prize sponsors; and Creekside Markets for providing beverages.
ETSU Game Time Tour
The Sports Council will host the East Tennessee State University Game Time Tour on Tuesday, May 15 from 7:30-9 a.m. at Reformation Lutheran Church.  The event will offer a free breakfast as well as the opportunity to meet and greet with ETSU head women's basketball coach Brittney Ezell, head men's basketball coach Steve Forbes, who will also be the featured speaker at the Sports Council's luncheon July 17, head football coach Randy Sanders and ETSU Athletic Director Scott Carter.  If you would like to attend the event, please RSVP to Tammy Kinser at tkinser@greenecopp.com or call 423-638-4111.

Tourism Marketing
T ourism is excited to announce a new addition to their marketing efforts.  Along with the 4x9 brochure that will be printed in a quantity of 50,000, Tourism is also creating a magazine style piece that will complement the brochure in a quantity of 10,000.  Several advertising packages are now available.  If you a re interested in driving more traffic to your doorstep, contact Tammy Kinser  for more information.  
NJCAA DIII World Series
Tourism's Sports Council is finalizing plans for the 2018 National Junior College Athletic Association's DIII World Series that will take place May 25-31 at Pioneer Park.   More than 300 players as well as coaches, trainers, families and fans will descend upon our community for five days.   The timeline of the event will be as follows:  Kids' Day at the Park - a free event for kids 12 & under with free hotdogs and chips provided by Grand Rental Station and Nathan's Concrete.  The event will also offer attendees the opportunity to meet and greet with the student athletes, get autographs and watch World Series level practice.  That night, the Council will host more than 450 guests for the season ending awards banquet sponsored by the City of Tusculum, with MLB pitcher Aaron Small as the guest speaker. World Series play will begin at 9:30 on Saturday, May 26 and will run through Wednesday, May 30 with the 31st as a rain date.  Tournament passes are $35 and daily passes are $8.  Sponsorship levels beginning at $500 and up to $5,000 are still available.  If you are interested in volunteering to work the event, would like to sponsor the event or would like to purchase advanced tickets, please contact Tammy Kinser at tkinser@greenecop.com or Scott Bullington at gbgc@comcast.net.  The event is sponsored by Greene County Government, John Deere Power Products, Radio Greeneville, The Greeneville Sun, Town of Greeneville, Town of Mosheim, City of Tusculum, WCYB

Civil War Sites & WCYB
Tourism hosted a Civil War taping with Ricky Matthews from WCYB earlier this month.  The tour, led by historian Tim Massey and assisted by R.J. Wilkerson, encompassed the Bridge Burners story, the Battle of Blue Springs and the Bible Covered Bridge.  The story is set to run on a Friday and Saturday with dates to be announced.  Tourism is also teaming up with Massey and Wilkerson to do several 50 second to 1 ½ minute vignettes featuring more Civil War Sites across Greene County.

National Tourism Week
GCP Tourism will celebrate National Tourism Week, May 6-12.  National Travel and Tourism Week is an annual tradition for the U.S. travel community. It's a time when travel and tourism professionals across the country unite to celebrate the value travel holds for our economy, businesses and personal well-being.  Tourism will be awarding five Presidential Pioneer in Hospitality winners nominated by the community, presenting the 150 th visitor at the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site with a gift basket of Greeneville goodies, visit the Bristol and Kingsport Welcome Centers and attend the Northeast TN Tourism Association's Pinnacle Awards in Kingsport. 

Service Learning Partnership with Tusculum College
Tourism has teamed up the Service Learning class at Tusculum College on two projects over the last block.  The first was the new Greene County visitor guide and accompanying magazine and the second being the new Student Travel itinerary project.  Tammy Kinser attended the presentations on Tuesday, May 1.  Tourism plans many more projects with the Service Learning students in the near future.  A special thanks goes out to Tusculum College, instructor Katherine Everhart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Sociology and her class for their help and creativity. 
From the President
As education and workforce development continue to become more and more important to our growing workforce, I want to thank all of the participants of the 1
st Annual Greene County Career Expo. With over twenty employers represented, local individuals had the opportunity to come out and visit with those present to discover a new career path and how to obtain training for employment. We're excited about education & workforce development events hope that this one continues to grow in the years to come. In this economy we all know that it's important not only to showcase available jobs in the community, but also to showcase how diverse our employment base is.

In the coming months you'll continue to see our synergy between education, business, and industry grow. From online testing opportunities through ACT WorkReady and career fairs for available jobs to our fantastic Made In Greene County events. Our goal is to showcase business and industry and to continue to develop a "work ready" pipeline of talent ready to tackle the challenges of today's job market. If you have any questions regarding existing employment or how to receive training for a job, please don't hesitate to contact me at 423-638-4111. Have a great month!


Member News
Happy Anniversary to these wonderful members!
Andrew Johnson Insurance & Investment Services 50 years
Ready Mix USA  45
Popcorn Video  35
Village Green     33
Greene County Government   30
Laughlin, Nunnally, Hood & Crum, PC   30
Town of Baileyton   30
Rebecca Cutshaw  28
J. L. Jacobs & Associates  23
General Morgan Inn & Conference Center  22
GreenevilleSun.com  22
Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville and Greene County 19
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee  19
Shred-It 18
Scepter Greeneville, Inc.  15
Fatz Café   15
David B. Hawk   14
Greene County Drug Store  13
Ace Hardware   11
Brooks Malone, LLC   10
Amedisys Home Health 10
Sno-Biz of Greeneville   8
Lindy Riley   7
Azimuth Engineering, Inc.  6
Choice Media   5
Bojangles' Famous Chicken & Biscuits 5
Brolin & Bailey Company    3
University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services     3
Pienkowski MD 3
Vaughn & Melton Consulting Engineers  2
Tennessee Rehabilitation Center             2
Lazy Llama Campground  1
Silver Angels of Greeneville 1
Farmers Home Furniture  1
Open Arms Care Corporation  1
Pelican's Snoballs    1
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