2009 Economic Summit Accomplishments

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2009 Economic Summit Accomplishments

  1. 1. Review of 2008-2009 Economic Summit Focus Group Accomplishments Presented by: Dr. Al Spritzer ETSU College of Business and Technology October 20, 2009
  2. 2. Strategic Areas: Livable Communities Infrastructure Business Development Health/Medical Tourism and Hospitality Education/Workforce
  3. 3. Focus Group: Livable Communities Facilitators: Suzanne Kuehn and Jenny Lockmiller
  4. 4. Livable Communities Focus Group  Worked with JCDA to provide information and incentives for potential downtown businesses and residents.  Assisted the Johnson City Area Arts Council to obtain grant funds for the downtown historical markers program.  Provided funds for landscaping of downtown historic district.  Provided funds to establish a website for neighborhood information: www.johnsoncityneighborhoods.org. Page 4
  5. 5. Livable Communities Focus Group • Washington County honored with a Level 1 Award under the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. Page 5
  6. 6. Focus Group: Infrastructure Facilitators: Brenda Clarke and Robert Lynn White
  7. 7. Infrastructure Focus Group • Completion by Johnson City of the Tennessee Street Extension from West Market Street to Lamont Street. Page 7
  8. 8. Infrastructure Focus Group • Preliminary engineering funding obtained for I-26 interchange upgrades at the Gray and Boones Creek exits. Page 8
  9. 9. Infrastructure Focus Group • Provided information to undertake water/sewer services study for western end of Washington County. • Obtained funding for county-wide transportation improvements study. Page 9
  10. 10. Infrastructure Focus Group • Reviewed Internet, broad-band and fiber technology capacity in Washington County. Page 10
  11. 11. Infrastructure Focus Group • Washington County achieved a “Benchmark III” award from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, becoming one of only 11 Tennessee counties to achieve the highest Three-Star rating. Page 11
  12. 12. Focus Group: Business Development Facilitators: Todd Smith, Jose Castillo and Jerry Brock
  13. 13. Business Development Focus Group  Continued to develop Entrepreneurship Week annually in November.  Developed a framework for a Tri-Cities wide entrepreneurial network.  Created new Economic Summit website: www.economicsummit.org.  Developed www.wifitri.com highlighting the area wifi hotspots in the Tri-Cities region. Page 13
  14. 14. Business Development Focus Group  Sponsored successful “Will This Float?” program, an event which received Kaufmann Foundation recognition.  Fifteen entrepreneurs submitted ideas and over 80 attendees participated in judging winners. Page 14
  15. 15. Business Development Focus Group  ETSU Innovation Lab sponsored “Float Camp” in March with over 100 entrepreneurs participating. Page 15
  16. 16. Business Development Focus Group  Johnson City Development Authority coordinated state- certified Main Street Program and sponsored downtown business development loan program for small businesses. Page 16
  17. 17. Focus Group: Health/Medical Facilitators: Jenny Brock and Jeff Bedard
  18. 18. Health/Medical Focus Group  Continued to sponsor Johnson City’s “Up & At ‘Em” program and annual “Turkey Trot” activity with over 2,200 Thanksgiving morning participants. Page 18
  19. 19. Health/Medical Focus Group  Celebrated the completion of the Niswonger Children’s Hospital at the Mountain States Health Alliance main campus. Page 19
  20. 20. Health/Medical Focus Group  Construction continued for the new Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Med-Tech Park; this project accomplishes the full build-out of major properties in Med-Tech Park. Page 20
  21. 21. Focus Group: Tourism and Hospitality Facilitators: Brenda Whitson and Lori Cogan
  22. 22. Hospitality and Tourism Focus Group  Promoted “Ride Johnson City” to a variety of motorcycle groups, including 9,000 attendees of the BMW Motorcycle Owners of America Rally. www.ridejohnsoncitytn.com Page 22
  23. 23. Hospitality and Tourism Focus Group  Received 2 Pinnacle Awards from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association for the “Girlfriend Getaway” promotion and a Direct Mail Media Box promotion.  Scheduled the 2009 Chamber of Commerce Christmas Parade for the night of the First Friday in December.  Online Vacation Guide requests increased by 62% and web downloads by 20%. Page 23
  24. 24. Focus Group: Education/Workforce Facilitators: David Quick and Gary Mabrey
  25. 25. Education/Workforce Focus Group  Continued expansion of Junior Achievement to all schools in Washington County.  Conducted “job fairs” in response to current economy and unemployment/underemployment in local workforce.  Conducted a Career Fair for High School Juniors at Northeast State Community College with more than 1,200 students, 54 businesses, and 4 universities participating.  Conferred Tennessee Scholars designation on 218 students in city/county high schools. Over 1,400 Washington County students have achieved designation in past four years. Page 25
  26. 26. Education/Workforce Focus Group  Continued Chamber Partners in Education program, with every City/County school participating. A total of $451,000 has been committed since program inception.  Continued active membership in the regional Workforce Investment Board by providing resources to meet needs of employers and the local workforce.  Continued support for the Tennessee Diploma Project to improve education quality in the State. Page 26
  27. 27. Education/Workforce Focus Group  Continued financial and other support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library with over 3,300 children receiving books valued at over $92,400 from the program. Over 89,000 books have been distributed in Washington County. Page 27
  28. 28. Thanks to the many who helped achieve this year’s accomplishments!

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