Community Stakeholders Report 
Quarter One - 2018
From the Desk of the CEO

Lessons Learned from Late Night Viewing - 
Film hits on a basic concept that is too often overlooked:  saying thank you

One night recently, when I was having trouble getting to sleep, I caught one of my favorite movies as I flipped through the stations trying to find something worth watching. I came upon Jerry Maguire at just the right time.
I think that the signature scene of that film about a sports agent trying to find his soul has clearly become the "Show Me the Money" conversation between Jerry, played by Tom Cruise, and Rod Tidwell, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. But I happened upon the movie during the scene that followed, which was Jerry's speech as he left the office having just been fired. "There's such a thing as manners... a way of treating people," he says, then looks to the aquarium. "These fish have manners. These fish... have manners! In fact, they're coming with me."
In the first item that follows my little essay in this newsletter, you can read about the recent grants we and our partners were awarded by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development in March for site development. So, I guess the "Show Me the Money" scene would also apply here, but I'd prefer to focus on the "Manners" narrative.
Last year, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services received a $500,000 site development grant from TNECD to prep a site for a large pad in the Bristol Business Park. I was proud to be on the team, led by April Eads of BTES, that achieved that award, along with a healthy grant from TVA. This year, working with Tom Anderson, Economic Development Director for the City of Bristol, and April, our Michael Parker led the team that was awarded a $1 million TNECD grant to prep a 30-acre rail site in Partnership Park II. NETWORKS was also fortunate to play a supporting role to Patrick Wilson and Mark Canty of Tri-Cities Airport as they were awarded $500,000 for site work at Aerospace Park. Earlier this year, TDOT awarded that site $4.1 million.
So, while Nashville has definitely been showing us the money, I think we need to pause for a moment to say thanks for all of the support we continue to receive. In fact, we do so in an ad in this month's issue of the Tri-Cities Business Journal. We've already heard from some folks at TNECD who expressed their appreciation for the gesture, but it was really the least we could do.
There are plenty of other folks to thank for all that they have done to support Aerospace Park, including all of our state delegates, who have championed the project with dogged determination, and our local officials in Bristol, Kingsport, Johnson City, and Sullivan and Washington counties who came together to invest more than $8 million in the park.

These grants and the publicity they have generated have already led to an uptick in interest from aerospace companies and site location consultants and I believe that interest is going to escalate tremendously as work progresses.
While passing around the gratitude, I'd like to thank Master Tool & Die and AGC Glass for their recent expansions. Most job growth comes from existing industry and these are two premier employers, so we are very pleased and encouraged by their growth. Also included in this newsletter is some exciting recognition of Eastman and TEC Industrial.
We are also appreciative of the Regional Center for Advanced Manufacturing and congratulate everyone affiliated with it for the recent ribbon cutting on its RCAM Academy. I'd also like to thank the RCAM for hosting TNECD and its Apprenticeship Listening Tour. As I sat in that meeting listening to people so much smarter than me, I was reminded of what a great asset that facility and its staff are to our economic development efforts.
Also below, please be sure to read about the accomplishments of Lynn Tully and Miles Burdine, as well as Lost State Distillery's plans in Bristol and Bell's new branding announcement. And speaking of existing industry and being appreciative, thanks go out to Jesse Smith of Oak Ridge National Laboratory for hosting NETWORKS staff and industries from Sullivan and Hawkins counties for a tour of the lab.
With all of that going on, it's hard to believe we've done as much marketing as we have thus far in 2018. I attended the Site Selectors Guild as part of a strong delegation from Team Tennessee in Cincinnati in March and a productive TEP outbound event in Detroit in February. I was joined by Board Members, Carolyn Ferrell, David Wagner, and County Mayor Richard Venable on a tour of a transloading facility in Somerset, Kentucky, a potential end user of the site in PPII that was awarded the aforementioned TNECD site development grant. Please take a look at some of the social media posts to the right of this report for more on these activities.

Other activities of note include our joining the Bristol and Kingsport chambers of commerce for their Day on the Hill dinners in Nashville (where our best manners were on display) and me joining Mark Canty and Northeast State Community College's Richard Blevins on an Aerospace Park panel at the Tennessee Environmental Conference.  More thanks - this time to TNECD Regional Director Iliff McMahan who moderated.
We really do have a great deal for which to be thankful Where Tennessee Begins Its Business Day. I know I'm grateful to be working with such a great group of colleagues, volunteers, and partners. And, by and large, they all have some pretty good manners, even more than the typical fish.
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April 11, 2018
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Sullivan County Properties Receive Nearly $6M in Grants

In quarter one of 2018, Sullivan County received a great deal of assistance from state partners.  TNECD and TDOT invested a total of $5.6M Where Tennessee Begins Its Business Day.

Aerospace Park received the bulk of the funding, with $4.1M coming from TDOT to further development of the park and $500,000 coming from TNECD to prepare a pad-ready site for an aircraft maintenance hangar, as well as landside parking access.

"The Aerospace Park is an important economic development project for our region, and we greatly appreciate the commitment Governor Haslam and TDOT Commissioner Schroer have made to its success through the award of this grant," said Jon Smith, TCAA chairman.

NETWORKS property Partnership Park II received the largest award possible in a Site Development Grant from TNECD.  The $1M will be used to complete site grading improvements to create a 30-acre pad-ready rail site.

"Each of the recipients is taking a major step to enhance their community and with the assistance of the site development grants, they are given the opportunity to compete for jobs and business," TNECD Assistant Commissioner for Community and Rural Development Amy New said. "The Site Development program shows great return on investment, and I am thankful that the investment from the Rural Economic Opportunity Act will continue to help many more communities in the years to come."

Click here to read the press release regarding the TDOT grant.

Click here to read the press release regarding TNECD Site Development grants.

Click here to read the Business Journal article regarding Site Development grants in Northeast Tennessee.
Master Tool & Die Expands in Kingsport

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and Master Tool & Die, Inc. officials announced March 5 that the manufacturer will expand in Kingsport.

Master Tool & Die, DBA Master Precision Machining, plans to invest $557,500 for facility upgrades and create 25 jobs at its operation in Sullivan County.

"I'd like to thank Master Tool & Die for its commitment to create 25 jobs in Sullivan County," Rolfe said. "In Tennessee, we're fortunate to have a skilled workforce that is capable of meeting the needs of our existing businesses. I look forward to the continued growth of Master Tool & Die in Kingsport and the valuable contribution this homegrown company will have on Sullivan County in the years ahead."

Founded in Kingsport in 1988, Master Tool & Die provides custom CNC machining, welding, fabrication and other services for businesses throughout the Southeast U.S.  [read more]
AGC Glass North America Expands Operations in Hawkins County

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe and AGC Glass North America officials announced January 10 that the company will expand its operations Church Hill. The glass manufacturer will invest $40.6 million and create 85 new jobs in Hawkins County. 

"I want to thank AGC for creating more than 80 new jobs and investing over $40 million in Hawkins County," Rolfe said. "AGC is one of Hawkins County's largest employers and I appreciate the company for continuing to invest in Church Hill and its commitment to our state. I look forward to seeing the company continue to excel in Hawkins County and Tennessee."

AGC Glass North America is one of the largest manufacturers of glass and glass-related products in North America, offering a broad selection of flat glass for architectural, interior and residential applications. The company's products are available through an extensive network of glass fabricators and window manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. AGC Glass North America is part of the AGC Group, employing more than 50,000 people in approximately 30 countries.

AGC plans to add more than 100,000 additional square-feet of manufacturing space to its existing facility in Hawkins County. With this expansion, the company will also install a state-of-the-art MSVD coater at its Church Hill complex to serve the residential and commercial glass markets.  [read more]
RCAM Academy Ribbon Cutting

The new RCAM Academy opened its doors on March 9 with a ribbon cutting attended by the public, elected officials, educators, business representatives, and economic development partners. 

RCAM Academy is a 15,000 square foot building with with a machine tools area on the first floor and a hydraulics area and Design Thinking lab, complete with 3-D printers, on the second floor.  [read more]
Lynn Tully Earns CEcD Designation
NETWORKS would like to congratulate Lynn Tully, Development Services Director for the City of Kingsport, on achieving the milestone accomplishment of receiving a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) designation.

The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession. Candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive examination, which has three parts culminating in an oral interview and spans two intensive days.  [read more]
Bell Helicopter Rebrands to 'Bell'
Bell launching new brand at HAI Heli-Expo in Las Vegas
(photo credit:  Mark Canty)

Bell Helicopter is rebranding itself simply as "Bell" and incorporating the dragonfly into its red shield logo 
to accompany a new slogan, "above and beyond flight," the company announc ed Febru ary 22. Bell CEO and president Mitch Snyder said the company is making the change s to reflect its more diversified approach to flight. "We're not a helicopter com pany, we're not a tiltrotor company, we're a technology company redefining flight," Snyder said. "We needed something to portray that."   [read more]
Miles Burdine Appointed to TBR Board
Kingsport Chamber President and CEO Miles Burdine was recently appointed to the Tennessee Board of Regents by Governor Bill Haslam to fill the 1st congressional district seat.

Burdine, a native of Kingsport has long been an advocate of education and worforce development. He has worked on projects such as Educate and Grow, the creation of the higher education academic village in downtown Kingsport, and increasing academic and graduation expectations, all of which have aided Kingsport's growth and success.  [read more]
Existing Industry in the News
In March, Eastman received the Extraordinary Employer Support Award from a Department of Defense program.  Eastman was selected for this award based on their sustained support of the U.S. National Guard and Reserves and is the second employer in the state of Tennessee to receive this award.  [read more]

In April, Eastman received the 2018 ENERGY STARĀ® Partner of the Year Sustained Excellence Award.  This marks the seventh year Eastman was recognized as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year and the fifth year earning the Sustained Excellence recognition.  [read more]

TEC Industrial recently recived the Commissioner's Award of Excellence for Workplace Saftey and Health from the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce.  [read more]
Lost State Distillery Buys Historic Bristol Building

Lost State Distilling has purchased the historic 200 State Street building in Bristol that was previously home to Bristol Supply and Equipment Company.  

The company will manufacture rum, gin and whiskey and will also serve as a retail location and serving room.  [read more]
Apprenticeship Listening Tour Visits RCAM
During the month of March, TNECD hosted an apprenticeship listening tour across the state of Tennessee, including a session at RCAM on March 27. 

The goal of the listening tour is to determine the current state of apprenticeship programs in the area, the interest and opportunity for apprenticeships in the area, and the obstacles faced or resources needed to get to each community's goal.  [read more]