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Contact:        Clay Walker

Telephone:    423-279-7681                                                                              FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Email:             This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.                                                             December 26, 2019


Dana Glenn to Depart NETWORKS for TNECD

BLOUNTVILLE, TN – NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership announced today that Director of Marketing and Business Development, Dana Glenn, has resigned in order to continue her career in economic development as the FastTrack Project Manager for the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development effective January 6In her new role, she will be responsible for developing and maintaining seamless interagency processes to assist the FastTrack team by executing grant contracts with companies and following compliance regulations.

“We look forward to having Dana join the TNECD team and know she will be a great addition not only to the FastTrack division, but the department as a whole,” TNECD Deputy Commissioner Allen Borden said. “For years, NETWORKS has been a valued partner to the state, and it is a privilege to have one of their own support our efforts throughout Tennessee. As an East Tennessee native, I’d like to extend a warm welcome to Dana as she begins a new chapter in Nashville.”                                                                                           

Glenn began her stint at NETWORKS in June 2015 as the Administrative and Marketing Coordinator.  She was promoted to Director of Marketing and Business Development in September 2018.  Glenn was the organization’s first marketing-focused employee, with notable projects that include the viral Sullivan County Community Video (a recipient of the Southern Economic Development Council Award of Merit in 2017), Tri-Cities TN Quality of Life video (recipient of an International Economic Development Council Gold Award in 2019), and the Northeast Tennessee Red Carpet Tour rebrand. 

“It’s going to be quite an adjustment with Dana no longer at NETWORKS, but it is more than offset by our happiness for our friend and colleague as she takes this step,” NETWORKS CEO Clay Walker said. “Dana has done outstanding work in her time here. She has shown the utmost poise, professionalism, and creativity, which is why I recruited her to our team almost five years ago. Well beyond her work product, we will miss her as a person and all that her personality has brought to our office and our lives. We’re losing a tremendously valuable team member, but our loss is the state’s gain and we’re happy that she’s still on our larger team – Team Tennessee – and we look forward to seeing her career continue to thrive.”

Glenn is a member of TVA’s Young Talent Cabinet, the Business Journal of the Tri-Cities TN/VA’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2017, a graduate of Leadership Tennessee NEXT’s inaugural class, and a 2016 graduate of Leadership Kingsport.  She has served on various community boards, most notably as the President of PEAK – Kingsport Young Professionals. 

Prior to joining NETWORKS, Glenn was the Administrative and Marketing Coordinator for the Kingsport Office of Small Business Development (KOSBE), a program of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from East Tennessee State University and is a graduate of Oklahoma University’s Economic Development Institute.

“It has been an incredible privilege to serve the community that I’ve called home my entire life and to work with Clay, Michael, Abby, and Ronnie every day,” said Glenn.  “I’m going to miss this team, our partners, and our board immensely, and I appreciate their encouragement and support as I begin a new chapter in my career.  Working at TNECD has been a ‘dream job’ for many years, and I’m thrilled that it’s now a reality.”

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: tnecd.com.

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership is the economic development organization serving the Northeastern Tennessee communities of Sullivan – including investor partners Bluff City, Bristol, and Kingsport – and Hawkins County.  To learn more about NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, please visit networkstn.com.





2019 Robot Drone League

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – STREAMWORKS will host a Robot Drone League (RDL) this fall, September - December. Kick-off weekend is September 6th, 4 - 9 pm and September 7th, 12 pm - 6 pm. Teams of 6 - 8 students are encouraged to register as a group but individual registrations are equally supported. Individual students will be assigned to a team of 6 - 8 members near to their age group. 

Teams will voluntarily meet either on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday from 4 - 8 pm and Saturdays from 12 - 6 pm. RDL will culminate with an end of season Championship Tournament on December 7th, 2019 and then an RDL showcase at the 2019 Model City LEGO Expo on December 14th, 2019. 

No experience necessary, accepting age groups 7 - 15 years of age. Cost is $250. Transportation and food are not provided.

Creativity and innovation are key elements to advancing the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) into the future. The RDL (Robot Drone League) challenge was designed to provide students with open-ended challenges that allow them to create and innovate using their hands and minds. Students then have the opportunity to develop real-world connections to what they are learning in the classroom. Working with robots in a collaborative game format can be a very powerful tool to engage students and enhance their math and science skills through hands-on, student-centered learning. Through participation in the RDL (Robot Drone League), students can develop the essential life skills of teamwork and collaboration, as well as the critical thinking, project management, and communication skills required to become the next generation of innovators and problem-solvers in our global society. The RDL “Tower Takeover” 2019 Challenge, presented by STREAMWORKS, is designed to inspire students to develop a lifelong passion for learning and interest in pursuing educational and career opportunities in STEM fields.

Please visit www.streamworkseducation.org for more information. 


Based in Kingsport, Tennessee, STREAMWORKS is an educational non-profit program that delivers enhanced opportunities for students (grades K–12) to participate in exciting mentor and project-based programs that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) skills; inspire innovation; and foster well-rounded life capabilities.

For additional information or interview request, please contact Dennis Courtney at 423.579.4083 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Dennis Courtney

Executive Director STREAMWORKS

Office: (423) 579.4083

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CONTACT:            Dana Glenn                                                                                           FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TELEPHONE:       423-279-7682                                                                                       October 9, 2019

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NETWORKS Board Member, Staff Recognized by Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC)

BLOUNTVILLE, TN – A NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership Board Member and two staff were recognized at the annual Tennessee Economic Development Council (TEDC) Awards event, at its fall conference earlier this month.

Carolyn Ferrell, Vice President of HR and Community Relations for The Robinette Company, and past NETWORKS Board Chairman, was recognized as the 2019 TEDC Volunteer of the Year for her commitment to volunteerism in economic development projects across the region.

Carolyn has served the board in a variety of roles over the past six years, including Secretary-Treasurer, Chairman-Elect, and Chairman.  During her two years as Chairman, NETWORKS totaled 19 projects worth more than $550 million in capital investment and 1,100 new jobs.  Carolyn currently serves as the Immediate Past Chairman on the NETWORKS Board and has served on numerous other organizations’ leadership teams over the years.

“Carolyn has proven to be the go-to person for any organization, cause, initiative, event, or issue when it comes to workforce or economic development,” said CEO of NETWORKS Clay Walker. “In addition to her unprecedented service to the NETWORKS Board, she has also provided her talents to other community programs such as the Workforce Readiness Committee, Teacher Industry Day, Work-Base Learning, and the Workforce Investment Board.” 

Ronnie Price, NETWORKS Economic Development specialist, received the 2019 TEDC Lifetime Member Award, recognizing the 36 years spent in economic development.  Prior to his time at NETWORKS, Ronnie served as CEO of the Weakley County Economic Development Board for 13 years, and the Industrial Developer for the Hawkins County Industrial Development Board for 23 years.

Ronnie has served as President of the Tennessee Economic Development Council, Chairman of the Tennessee Economic Partnership Marketing Committee, Chairman of the Northeast Tennessee Regional Economic Development Association, and is a member of the Southern Economic Development Council.

Ronnie was one of the first economic developers I met when I moved to Tennessee about 17 years ago. We were the first two to arrive at a TEP dinner in Anaheim, so I got a chance to visit with him for a while before others arrived and I remember being impressed with him in that short amount of time. As the years went by, I’ve only grown more impressed and am so happy that he has joined our team where we are all learning and benefitting from his incredible knowledge about our profession. But it was the team from West Tennessee who nominated Ronnie for the Lifetime Membership Award,” said NETWORKS CEO Clay Walker.  “He is truly as respected and accomplished and just plain liked as anyone in our field. He’s a professional at all times, but more importantly, he is a friend to all of us who get to do this incredible job. He makes us all proud to be economic developers and sets a high standard for which to aim.”

Clay Walker, CEcD, NETWORKS CEO, was appointed as the East Tennessee Director of the TEDC Board of Directors.  TEDC is a statewide, non-profit organization created to unite the efforts of its members in furthering industrial development in the state of Tennessee. It promotes cooperation and understanding among the individual members of the council and the varied interests they represent.

“As a board, we encourage our staff to be active in professional organizations.  Clay has been a longtime member of the Tennessee Economic Partnership Board, having chaired that group in 2017.  I think it’s a great reflection on NETWORKS, as well as Clay, that he be asked to represent our region on the leadership team of TEDC,” said Bill Sumner, Board Chairman of NETWORKS.

TEDC is the statewide professional organization for people involved in economic development. The awards ceremony was held during the TEDC Annual Fall Conference which was held in Franklin, Tennessee this year. 

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership is the economic development organization serving the Northeastern Tennessee communities of Sullivan – including investor partners Bluff City, Bristol, and Kingsport – and Hawkins County.  To learn more about NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, please visit networkstn.com.



 Happy Economic Development Week! 

EDW 2019 250x250Created by the International Economic Development Council in 2016, the goal of Economic Development Week (EDW) is to increase awareness for local programs that attract jobs, advance career development opportunities, and increase the quality of life in communities everywhere.

Over the next few days, we’ll be sharing information about different facets of economic development.  First up, let’s learn about what we do here at NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership.

NETWORKS is the economic development organization (EDO) that represents Sullivan County, its cities of Bluff City, Bristol, and Kingsport, and Hawkins County’s Phipps Bend Industrial Park.  When you break it down, our name is an acronym for Northeast Tennessee Works.  We have a small but mighty team of five with expertise in project management, industry recruitment, marketing, workforce development, management, event planning, and existing industry management.     

Our main focuses are the recruitment of new industry and retention (and growth) of existing industry.  We do this in a multitude of ways – lead generation from targeted trade shows and industry conferences, connecting prospects and existing industry with funding sources, submitting RFPs for projects, and arranging consultant visits to name a few – and we work with many different partners, including local municipalities, local utilities, AEP, TVA, and TNECD.

We'll be back tomorrow with more information, but in the meantime, be sure to check out our strategic plan, 2018 Annual Report, and our community video (linked below).



In case you missed it:  Day One - Who We Are  •  Day Two - Regionalism  •  Day Three - Board Appreciation  •  Day Four - How We Market  •  Day Five - Existing Industry

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Sullivan County, Tennessee is home to companies and attractions known around the world.  Browse our website to learn all the reasons you should join Eastman, Bell, Domtar, Teleperformance, Home Shopping Network, Bristol Motor Speedway, and many others by locating a facility in Sullivan County!


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