2010 Economic Summit accomplishments

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2010 Economic Summit accomplishments

  1. 1. Review of 2009-2010 Economic Summit Focus Group Accomplishments Presented by: Dr. Al Spritzer ETSU College of Business and Technology November 4, 2010
  2. 2. Strategic Areas: <ul><li>Livable Communities </li></ul><ul><li>Infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Business Development </li></ul><ul><li>Health and Medical </li></ul><ul><li>Tourism and Hospitality </li></ul><ul><li>Education and Workforce </li></ul>
  3. 3. Focus Group: Livable Communities Facilitators: Suzanne Kuehn and Dan Reese
  4. 4. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>Grants obtained for Historic Marker Program for Downtown Johnson City and implementation begins. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>$212,000 grant secured for Clinchfield Depot Restoration Project. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>University Edge apartment complex begins with TIF assistance. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>Preliminary planning initiated for Johnson City’s Warehouse Commons project for flood control and recreation. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>Completion of State of Franklin Trail : ETSU to Downtown Johnson City. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>Washington County honored with a Level 2 Award by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>Community Charette – January 25, 2010 focused on Downtown Redevelopment Planning. </li></ul><ul><li>Support of the South Side Neighborhood Association – Music in the Park concert series. </li></ul><ul><li>Established one new community neighborhood association and reorganized two neighborhood associations. </li></ul><ul><li>JCDA provides computer equipment for website development for downtown small businesses. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Focus Group: Infrastructure Facilitator: Robert Reynolds
  12. 12. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>Opening by Johnson City of the University Parkway Extension from West Market Street to Lamont Street. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>Preliminary engineering funded ($750,000) and design work is underway for I-26 interchange improvements at the Gray exit. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>New Kermit Tipton Stadium completed on Science Hill campus. </li></ul>
  15. 15. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>Expansion of Johnson City Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant from 2.25 MGD to 6.0 MGD at a construction cost of $24 Million. </li></ul><ul><li>$8 Million awarded from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act 2009 for local infrastructure stimulus projects. </li></ul><ul><li>Substantial completion of the Greggtown area water project to serve 80 Washington County residents who were without a dependable water supply. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>Washington County achieved a “Benchmark III” award from the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, being one of only 11 Tennessee counties to achieve the highest Three-Star rating. </li></ul><ul><li>Washington County jurisdictions have received $150,000 in bonus funding from the Benchmark III certification. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Focus Group: Business Development Facilitators: Todd Smith and Jose Castillo
  18. 18. Business Development Focus Group <ul><li>Completed 2 nd Annual “Will This Float?” program, an event which received Kaufmann Foundation recognition. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Will This Float” won the Thomas Muehlenback award for Innovation in Local Government by the Alliance for Innovation. </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsorship of Entrepreneurial Week activities in November. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintained a Tri-Cities-wide entrepreneurial network. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Business Development Focus Group <ul><li>Completed the 2010 Washington County Retail Survey with over 600 respondents. This information will provide a strong basis to recruit new companies. </li></ul><ul><li>Peerless Center renovation accommodates new retailers. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Business Development Focus Group <ul><li>Johnson City Development Authority coordinated state-certified Main Street Program and sponsored downtown business development loan program for small businesses. </li></ul>
  21. 21. Business Development Focus Group <ul><li>Submitted Johnson City for ultra high-speed fiber network consideration. </li></ul><ul><li>Supported website identifying hotspots within the Tri-Cities. </li></ul><ul><li>Worked with community leaders to form the Washington County Economic Development Council. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintained Economic Summit website: www.economicsummit.org . </li></ul>
  22. 22. Focus Group: Health and Medical Facilitators: Jenny Brock, Tony Benton and Jeff Bedard
  23. 23. Health and Medical Focus Group <ul><li>Celebrated the completion of the new Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Med-Tech Park; this project accomplishes the full build-out of major properties in Med-Tech Park. </li></ul>
  24. 24. Health and Medical Focus Group <ul><li>Continued to sponsor Johnson City’s “Up & At ‘Em ” programs and annual “Turkey Trot” activity with over 2,200 Thanksgiving morning participants. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Health and Medical Focus Group <ul><li>300 kids participated in “Itty Bitty Bites” Kids Bluegrass Half Marathon. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Focus Group: Tourism and Hospitality Facilitators: Brenda Whitson and Teresa Treadway
  27. 27. Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group <ul><li>Launched campaign to alert and welcome travelers detouring due to I-40 rockslide with radio ads and new website: www.DetourI40.com. </li></ul><ul><li>Public relations campaign was featured by National Public Radio. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group <ul><li>Tennessee Department of Tourism launched the “Sunnyside Trail,” covering 12 East Tennessee counties, including 300 points of interest. </li></ul><ul><li>Focused funds used to promote Hands On! Regional Museum and Gray Fossil site via billboards and online Sunnyside Trail campaign. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group <ul><li>Received 2 Pinnacle Awards from the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association for a motorcycle “Familiarization Tour” and the Detour I-40 campaign. </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted Bluegrass Half Marathon with over 750 participants from 14 states. </li></ul><ul><li>Produced all-inclusive outdoor recreation guide featuring Johnson City and Washington County. </li></ul>
  30. 30. Focus Group: Education and Workforce Facilitators: Dr. Janie Snyder and Dr. Bill Flanary
  31. 31. Education and Workforce Focus Group <ul><li>Continued Chamber Partners in Education program, with every City and County school participating. </li></ul><ul><li>Identified “soft skills” needed for workforce enhancement. </li></ul><ul><li>Continued active membership in the regional Workforce Investment Board by providing resources to meet needs of employers and the local workforce. </li></ul><ul><li>Continued support for the “Tennessee Diploma Project” to improve education quality in the State. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Education and Workforce Focus Group <ul><li>Continued financial and other support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library under direction of Johnson City Public Library. </li></ul><ul><li>Over 175,000 books have been distributed in Washington County. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Thanks to the many who helped achieve this year’s accomplishments !

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