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Accomplishments from the 2011 Johnson CIty/Jonesborough/Washington County Economic Summit

Accomplishments from the 2011 Johnson CIty/Jonesborough/Washington County Economic Summit

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    • Review of 2010-2011 Economic Summit Focus Group Accomplishments Presented by: Dr. Al Spritzer ETSU College of Business and Technology November 1, 2011
    • Strategic Areas: Livable Communities Infrastructure Business Development Health and Medical Tourism and Hospitality Education and Workforce
    • Focus Group: Livable Communities Facilitators: Dan Reese and Jenny Lockmiller
    • Livable Communities Focus Group
      • The Lady of the Fountain returns to Fountain Square.
    • Livable Communities Focus Group
      • Completion of the Historic Marker Program for Downtown Johnson City.
    • Livable Communities Focus Group
      • University Edge apartment complex between ETSU and Downtown completed with JCDA and TIF assistance.
    • Livable Communities Focus Group
      • Neighborhood revitalization projects continued by Johnson City Community Development Dept. and Eastern 8 Community Development Corp.
      400 East Unaka Ave. Johnson City
    • Livable Communities Focus Group
      • Completion of South State of Franklin Greenway : ETSU to Downtown Johnson City.
    • Livable Communities Focus Group
      • Acquisition of Tweetsie Trail : Johnson City to Elizabethton.
    • Livable Communities Focus Group
      • Construction begins on Memorial Park Community Center in Downtown Johnson City including new aquatics facilities.
    • Focus Group: Infrastructure Facilitator: Mitch Miller
    • Infrastructure Focus Group
      • I-26 interchanges in Gray (Exit 13), Boones Creek (Exit 17) and University Parkway (Exit 24) begin redesign phase process through the Tennessee DOT.
    • Infrastructure Focus Group
      • TN Highways 36 and 75 improvements – Expanding to 5 lanes to Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
    • Infrastructure Focus Group
      • Tri-Cities Regional Airport receives grant funding:
        • $10 Million – expanding southern taxiway and rerouting existing road.
        • $250,000 to recruit new flights and/or airline service to the region.
    • Infrastructure Focus Group
      • An additional 67 acres acquired for the Washington County Industrial Park near Historic Jonesborough.
    • Infrastructure Focus Group
      • Construction begins on Bristol Highway widening from Johnson City Honda to Bachman Toyota.
    • Infrastructure Focus Group
      • Johnson City Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion - $23.6 million project.
      • Sewer Line upgrades leading from Boone Lake to the Johnson City Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant - $10.5 million project.
    • Infrastructure Focus Group
      • Jonesborough Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion - $4.7 million project; awarded $1.5 Million Rural Development Grant.
    • Infrastructure Focus Group
      • Johnson City Medical Center constructing 278,000 square foot parking garage – 867 parking spaces.
      • East Tennessee State University plans $21 million parking garage – 1,200 spaces.
    • Focus Group: Business Development Facilitators: Todd Smith and Jose Castillo
    • Business Development Focus Group
      • Completed 3 rd Annual “Will This Float?” program, an event which has received Kaufmann Foundation recognition.
      • “ Will This Float?” won an Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council.
      • Sponsorship of Entrepreneurial Week activities in November.
      • Maintained a Tri-Cities wide entrepreneurial network .
    • Business Development Focus Group
      • New retailers and restaurants continue to choose Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County.
    • Business Development Focus Group
      • Supported website identifying hotspots within the Tri-Cities. Distributed stickers for businesses offering WiFi Internet access to display in storefronts.
      • Developed a minority business mentoring effort to spur entrepreneurial activity.
      • Maintained Economic Summit website : www.economicsummit.org .
    • Focus Group: Health and Medical Facilitators: Gary Mabrey and Dr. Randy Wycoff
    • Health and Medical Focus Group
      • New Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Med-Tech Park completed.
      • This project accomplishes the full build-out of major properties in Med-Tech Park.
    • Health and Medical Focus Group
      • Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy earns accreditation.
    • Health and 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.
    • Health and Medical Focus Group
      • Quillen College of Medicine ranks #1 in nation for producing primary care physicians by George Washington University School of Public Health in a survey of 141 medical schools.
      • U.S. News and World Report ranks Quillen College of Medicine 6 th in U.S. for rural medicine training.
    • Focus Group: Tourism and Hospitality Facilitators: Brenda Whitson and Teresa Treadway
    • Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group
      • Motorcycle riders attracted to Johnson City and the region by new campaign and website promoting 12 of the South’s greatest motorcycle rides, all originating from Johnson City: www.southerndozen.com.
      • Hosted motorcycle travel writers for a familiarization tour.
    • Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group
      • Hosted the Age 13 & Under Boys Baseball World Series with 15 teams from 8 states; 700 visitors, 414 room nights with an overall economic impact of $500,000.
    • Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group
      • Hosted the Age10 & Under Girls Fast-pitch National Championship with 31 teams including 8 from California and 9 from Texas.
    • Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group
      • Bluegrass Half-Marathon had 679 participants.
      • 300 kids participated in “Itty Bitty Bites” Kids Bluegrass Half Marathon .
      • 2010 Bluegrass Half-Marathon won Pinnacle Award in special events category.
    • Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group
      • Gray Fossil Site awarded $145,026 grant for center improvements and visitor amenities.
    • Focus Group: Education and Workforce Facilitators: Dr. Janie Snyder and Dr. Linda Garceau
    • Education and Workforce Focus Group
      • Hosted Youth Expo at Johnson City Mall on August 18.
    • Education and Workforce Focus Group
      • ETSU celebrates Centennial Year : 1911-2011.
    • Education and Workforce Focus Group
      • Northeast State Community College plans for Downtown Johnson City branch.
    • Education and Workforce Focus Group
      • Continued Chamber Partners in Education program, with every City and County school participating.
      • 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.
    • Education and Workforce Focus Group
      • Continued financial and other support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library under direction of Johnson City Public Library.
      • Over 175,000 books have been distributed in Washington County.
    • Thanks to the many who helped achieve this year’s accomplishments !
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