Accomplishments 2011

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

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Accomplishments 2011

  1. 1. Review of 2010-2011 Economic Summit Focus Group Accomplishments Presented by: Dr. Al Spritzer ETSU College of Business and Technology November 1, 2011
  2. 2. Strategic Areas: Livable Communities Infrastructure Business Development Health and Medical Tourism and Hospitality Education and Workforce
  3. 3. Focus Group: Livable Communities Facilitators: Dan Reese and Jenny Lockmiller
  4. 4. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>The Lady of the Fountain returns to Fountain Square. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>Completion of the Historic Marker Program for Downtown Johnson City. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>University Edge apartment complex between ETSU and Downtown completed with JCDA and TIF assistance. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>Neighborhood revitalization projects continued by Johnson City Community Development Dept. and Eastern 8 Community Development Corp. </li></ul>400 East Unaka Ave. Johnson City
  8. 8. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>Completion of South State of Franklin Greenway : ETSU to Downtown Johnson City. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>Acquisition of Tweetsie Trail : Johnson City to Elizabethton. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Livable Communities Focus Group <ul><li>Construction begins on Memorial Park Community Center in Downtown Johnson City including new aquatics facilities. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Focus Group: Infrastructure Facilitator: Mitch Miller
  12. 12. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>I-26 interchanges in Gray (Exit 13), Boones Creek (Exit 17) and University Parkway (Exit 24) begin redesign phase process through the Tennessee DOT. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>TN Highways 36 and 75 improvements – Expanding to 5 lanes to Tri-Cities Regional Airport. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>Tri-Cities Regional Airport receives grant funding: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>$10 Million – expanding southern taxiway and rerouting existing road. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>$250,000 to recruit new flights and/or airline service to the region. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>An additional 67 acres acquired for the Washington County Industrial Park near Historic Jonesborough. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>Construction begins on Bristol Highway widening from Johnson City Honda to Bachman Toyota. </li></ul>
  17. 17. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>Johnson City Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant Expansion - $23.6 million project. </li></ul><ul><li>Sewer Line upgrades leading from Boone Lake to the Johnson City Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant - $10.5 million project. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>Jonesborough Wastewater Treatment Plant expansion - $4.7 million project; awarded $1.5 Million Rural Development Grant. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Infrastructure Focus Group <ul><li>Johnson City Medical Center constructing 278,000 square foot parking garage – 867 parking spaces. </li></ul><ul><li>East Tennessee State University plans $21 million parking garage – 1,200 spaces. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Focus Group: Business Development Facilitators: Todd Smith and Jose Castillo
  21. 21. Business Development Focus Group <ul><li>Completed 3 rd Annual “Will This Float?” program, an event which has received Kaufmann Foundation recognition. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Will This Float?” won an Excellence in Economic Development Award from the International Economic Development Council. </li></ul><ul><li>Sponsorship of Entrepreneurial Week activities in November. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintained a Tri-Cities wide entrepreneurial network . </li></ul>
  22. 22. Business Development Focus Group <ul><li>New retailers and restaurants continue to choose Johnson City, Jonesborough and Washington County. </li></ul>
  23. 23. Business Development Focus Group <ul><li>Supported website identifying hotspots within the Tri-Cities. Distributed stickers for businesses offering WiFi Internet access to display in storefronts. </li></ul><ul><li>Developed a minority business mentoring effort to spur entrepreneurial activity. </li></ul><ul><li>Maintained Economic Summit website : www.economicsummit.org . </li></ul>
  24. 24. Focus Group: Health and Medical Facilitators: Gary Mabrey and Dr. Randy Wycoff
  25. 25. Health and Medical Focus Group <ul><li>New Franklin Woods Community Hospital in Med-Tech Park completed. </li></ul><ul><li>This project accomplishes the full build-out of major properties in Med-Tech Park. </li></ul>
  26. 26. Health and Medical Focus Group <ul><li>Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy earns accreditation. </li></ul>
  27. 27. Health and Medical Focus Group <ul><li>Continued to sponsor Johnson City’s “Up & At ‘Em ” program and annual “Turkey Trot” activity with over 2,200 Thanksgiving morning participants. </li></ul>
  28. 28. Health and Medical Focus Group <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>U.S. News and World Report ranks Quillen College of Medicine 6 th in U.S. for rural medicine training. </li></ul>
  29. 29. Focus Group: Tourism and Hospitality Facilitators: Brenda Whitson and Teresa Treadway
  30. 30. Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Hosted motorcycle travel writers for a familiarization tour. </li></ul>
  31. 31. Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group <ul><li>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. </li></ul>
  32. 32. Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group <ul><li>Hosted the Age10 & Under Girls Fast-pitch National Championship with 31 teams including 8 from California and 9 from Texas. </li></ul>
  33. 33. Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group <ul><li>Bluegrass Half-Marathon had 679 participants. </li></ul><ul><li>300 kids participated in “Itty Bitty Bites” Kids Bluegrass Half Marathon . </li></ul><ul><li>2010 Bluegrass Half-Marathon won Pinnacle Award in special events category. </li></ul>
  34. 34. Tourism and Hospitality Focus Group <ul><li>Gray Fossil Site awarded $145,026 grant for center improvements and visitor amenities. </li></ul>
  35. 35. Focus Group: Education and Workforce Facilitators: Dr. Janie Snyder and Dr. Linda Garceau
  36. 36. Education and Workforce Focus Group <ul><li>Hosted Youth Expo at Johnson City Mall on August 18. </li></ul>
  37. 37. Education and Workforce Focus Group <ul><li>ETSU celebrates Centennial Year : 1911-2011. </li></ul>
  38. 38. Education and Workforce Focus Group <ul><li>Northeast State Community College plans for Downtown Johnson City branch. </li></ul>
  39. 39. Education and Workforce Focus Group <ul><li>Continued Chamber Partners in Education program, with every City and County school participating. </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>
  40. 40. 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>
  41. 41. Thanks to the many who helped achieve this year’s accomplishments !

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