Welcome New Members
The Partnership welcomes the following new members: Aflac, Catalyst Coffee Company, S&ME Inc. and Michael Brady Inc., 1 Team Clinic, LLC
GCP Annual Meeting
Invitations have gone out for the Greene County Partners hip Annual Meeting that is planned for Thursday, March 15, at the General Morgan Inn & Conference Center from 5 to 7 p.m. Join us as we celebrate 25 years.  Guests will enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres, drinks, and backgrou nd musical entertainments by Brim Leal.  The cost is $30 per person. Don't forget to RSVP to 638-4111 by Monday, March 13.  Our appreciation goes out to our sponsors of the 2018 event:  

Legislative Breakfast
Don't forget to RSVP for the Annual Legislative Breakfast scheduled for Friday, March 23, 7:30 a.m. at the General Morgan Inn & Conference Center.  Summers Taylor is the sponsor of the event.  The cost of the breakfast is $20 paid in advance or $25 at the door.  The deadline to make or cancel reservations is Tuesday, March 20.  The meal will be followed by a forum presided over by area legislators and they will be given the opportunity to make their own personal statements, as well as respond to questions from those attending.   Contact Lori Dowell at 638-4111 or email gcp@greenecop.com  for more information.

Member Emailing
Space is available for the Partnership's Member Emailing!  All members interested in this emailing are asked to submit a one-page PDF file by Thursday, March 29 and the cost is $50.  This is a great opportunity to market your products or businesses.  Contact Lori Dowell at the Partnership for more information.

Mayoral Forum
The Greene County Partnership, in cooperation with Capitol Theatre, The Greeneville Sun, and Radio Greeneville, will host a Mayoral Forum on April 9.  The panel forum will be held beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Capitol Theatre.  There is no admission charge, and the event is open to the public.  The forum will be covered by both The Greeneville Sun and Radio Greeneville, as well as being aired live on Radio Greeneville's Channel 18.  Michael Reneau, editor of The Greeneville Sun, and Ron Metcalfe, operations manager of Radio Greeneville, will be the moderators and ask the candidates questions on various issues.  Questions may be submitted for consideration by the moderators via the Greene County Partnership's social media.  Deadline for question submission is April 4.  Greene County General Sessions Judge Ken Bailey Jr. will serve as emcee for the event. 

Member Breakfasts
Mark your calendar now for the April Membership Breakfast scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at Tusculum College.  The cost of the breakfast is $3 with reservations, $8 at the door.  RSVP to 638-4111 or email gcp@greenecop.com 

Membership Directory
The Greene County Partnership's 2018 Membership Directory will not be mailed this year but will be available at the Annual Meeting, Membership Breakfasts, and Partnership Office. 

Iris Festival
The 24th Annual Iris Festival will be held in downtown historic Greeneville Saturday and Sunday, May 19 - 20.  The festival will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday.  If you would like to participate as a vendor or sponsor of the event, contact the Partnership at 423-638-4111 or email gcp@greenecop.com.

It's Great American Cleanup Time!
 Keep Greene Beautiful is joining other Keep America Beautiful affiliates across the country in encouraging everyone to clean up litter from roads and creeks, remove graffiti, initiate beautification and community improvement projects, plant trees and flowers in observance of the Great American Cleanup!  Keep Greene Beautiful will be providing free trash bags to participating groups.  Call Jennifer Wilder today at the Partnership, 638-4111, to schedule your cleanup and make arrangements to get your trash bags.  Thank you to local sponsors John Deere Power Products and Scepter, Inc. Call the Partnership for more information on the Great American Cleanup or any of the Keep Greene Beautiful programs.

Swing Into Spring Golf Tournament
Make plans now to participate in the Keep Greene Beautiful "Swing Into Spring" Golf Tournament title sponsored by Waste Industries on April 19 at Link Hills Country Club.   Sponsorships are available as follows: Luncheon, $750; Contest, $200; and Hole Sponsor, $100.  The cost per team is $400 or $100 per player.  Anyone interested in the tournament should contact Jennifer Wilder at the Partnership, 638-4111 or email  kgb@greenecop.com
Education & Workforce Development
Gro w In Greene Career Expo 2018
On Saturday, April 7, 2018, the Education & Workforce Development Departm
ent 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. 
Tourism Promotes Greeneville
Tourism continues to work with local and regional media outlets to promote all things Greeneville. In February, Tammy Kinser worked with  Chris McIntosh with WJHL's Daytime Tri Cities on his new "Hidden Gems" segment.  On Wednesday, February 28, Chris visited The Bean Barn and interviewed Jerry Hartsell.  The Facebook posts alone on Discover Greeneville reached  more than 7,200 people and was shared 71 times as of Thursday, March 1 as well as 675 impressions on Twitter.  Chris will be working with Tammy and visiting Greeneville again in the near future.  Tourism also continues its monthly visit to Daytime TriCities and was featured on Thursday, February 22.  The focus of the interview was Cultural  Arts in Greene County and featured Annie Hogan Byrd on the campus of Tusculum College, The Capitol Theatre, The Greeneville Theatre Guild and Niswonger Performing Arts Center.  On Monday, February 19, Tourism worked with Dave Dierks and WCYB to interview a few of the local favorites including The Doak House Museum, The General Morgan Inn and The Capitol Theatre.  WCYB and their Stormtracker segment will continue to work with GCP Tourism on future segments throughout the year. 
Turn Down Gift
A special thanks goes out to The General Morgan Inn for partnering with Tourism on a "turn down gift" sponsorship for the 2018 Rendezvous South Tradeshow in Daytona Beach Florida Feb. 25-28.  The conference hosted 40 of the nation's premier bus group leaders and Greene County Tourism and the General Morgan Inn were front stage.  The sponsorship enabled our community, and all we have to offer, to be in front of the group leaders at a fraction of the cost it would have been to actually attend the conference.  Tourism and GMI will receive all leads and contact information on all 40 leaders.  If you are interested in teaming up with Tourism for future events such as these, please contact Tammy Kinser at   tkinser@greenecop.com .  

Southern Travel + Lifestyles Magazine
Front stage and Full page is what our community has received in 
 the February and March editions of Southern Travel + Lifestyles magazine.  In the February edition, the full page ad focused on what to do and what to see in our community and included photos and editorial as well as a mention in the Undiscovered Destination's section.  In the March edition, Tourismhighlighted our Cultural Arts by featuring photos of our theatres and write ups on the history of each venue.  Tourism plans to continue this partnership with Southern Travel + Lifestyles throughout 2018. 

Spring Social
Tourism means quality of life for our community.  In celebration of regional tourism, the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Society and the Tourism Department of the Partnership is teaming up for a "Spring Social" to be held on Tuesday, March 13 at the General Morgan Inn and Conference Center from 3-5 p.m.  All that are interested in attending are welcome, Tourism only asks that an RSVP be sent by Friday, March 9.  Come and find out what Tourism both locally and regionally has been up to and plans to be a part of in the coming months.  To RSVP, please contact Tammy Kinser at tkinser@greenecop.com or call 423-638-4111.

From the President

Greene County is one of three college completion communities 
participating in the Complete Tennessee program in East Tennessee,
and is one of sixteen statewide.  Comp lete Tennessee believes every Tennessean deserves the opportunity to earn a postsecondary degree or certificate that leads to increased economic mobility, community engagement and a better quality of life. We will be sharing more information as we move forward in the program. The economic benefits of a college degree are shown in the graphic below. If you would like to participate in the Greene County Completion Council please contact Matt Garland at mgarland@greenecop.com.  

March Member Anniversaries
Happy Anniversary to these wonderful members! Greeneville Collection Service (39), Greene County Board of Education 39 years Corley's Pharmacy (31), Vulcan Materials Company (31), AtWork Personnel Services (29),  Consumer Credit Union (29), East Tennessee State University (29), Greene Technology Center (28),   BB&T (25), Sarah E.T. Webster (23), East Tennessee Iron & Metal, Inc. (21),  American Job Center (15),  McDonald's (11), Greeneville Dental Associates (10),   BenchMark Physical Therapy (8), TEVET LLC (7), Rhonda Humbert (7), TEC Industrial (7), Delfasco (6), Relay For Life of Greene County (5), Greene County Recovery Court (4), Howard's Business Forms, Inc. (4), Al Giles (3),   Staples (3), Mortgage Investors Group (2), Tusculum Farm Bureau (2), D&S Community Services (2), Jessee Law Office (1), School of Morton (1),   ServiceMaster Restoration by Carefree (1), Advanced Cleaning and Restoration (1)

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