Happy Economic Development Week!
Created 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.