I-26 Gateway

point-3We are located very close to a major I-26 corridor, making interstate commerce very easy.

 

Carter County is located only one hour away from Asheville, NC, two hours away from Knoxville, one-and-a-half hours away from Gatlinburg/Pigeon Forge, one hour away from Boone, NC and 40 minutes away from Bristol.

 

Its centralized location among large cities and small tourist attractions allows residents and visitors to experience the best of both worlds.  Carter County falls directly in the center of Eastern transit, sitting midway between the bustling business world of New York, the ports of the Southern Atlantic, the Eastern Seaboard, and the Mississippi.

 

Carter County is known for its beautiful natural sites, including trophy trout streams, the serene, tranquil waters of Watauga Lake, the wondrous views of Roan Mountain, and the endless miles of amazement along the Appalachian Trail.

Top Logistics Location

point-2Carter County features a two-day UPS shipping radius to 65% of the U.S. population.

 

Its centralized location among large cities and small tourist attractions allows residents and visitors to experience the best of both worlds.  Carter County falls directly in the center of Eastern transit, sitting midway between the bustling business world of New York, the ports of the Southern Atlantic, the Eastern Seaboard, and the Mississippi.

Tennessee is good for Business!

point-1The last seven years have seen the creation of 190,505 new jobs, $33 billion in capital investment and more than 50 corporate headquarter locations in Tennessee.

 

Tennessee is good for business!

Local leaders celebrate completion of Sutherland water project

By Max Hrenda, The Elizabethton Star @ www.starhq.com

In October of 2002, then-Johnson County Mayor Dick Grayson applied for federal assistance to install and extend water utility lines in the Sutherland community in Shady Valley.

Eleven years and one mayor later, that community’s wait has come to an end.

On Friday, some of Tennessee’s lawmakers and Johnson County’s local leaders gathered at the Sutherland Community Church in Shady Valley to celebrate the completion of one of the state’s longer running projects.

Current Johnson County Mayor Larry Potter began the ceremony by thanking the officials in attendance not only for attending the event, but for their work in securing the project’s conclusion.

“I really appreciate, from the bottom of my heart, you all coming out today to acknowledge this,” Potter said.

Forty-three homes in Shady Valley will now have access to fully functional water lines. The project extended water lines from state Route 133, adjacent Johnson County roads, and South Shady Street in nearby Damascus, Va., and was assisted by nearly every conceivable level of government – Johnson County, the Washington County (Va.) Service Authority, the state of Tennessee, the commonwealth of Virginia, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I guess it’s true,” Potter said. “When government works together, at its best, (it is) for a reason like this. I can’t thank you enough for these people and getting water up here.”

That sentiment was echoed by state Rep. Timothy Hill, who represents Johnson, Carter, and parts of Sullivan counties in the state Legislature.

“I’m excited to see the determination from one mayor to the next, from a Congressman and a lieutenant governor, and to be able to see a good project finally get finished,” Hill said. “It just shows a real sense of community.”s.

Chamber speaker: Stick to what you do well

By Ashley Rader

Johnson City’s Public Works director offered a tip to local chamber members: Do more of what you do well.

The Elizabethton/Carter County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors heard a presentation Thursday from Johnson City Public Works Director Phil Pindzola, who provided some suggestions and tips for improving the business conditions of Carter County.

Chamber Board President Keith Young said he would invite guest speakers to the monthly board meetings to give the board members ideas to consider when thinking of ways to improve the Chamber’s impact on local businesses.

Pindzola, who has been public works director for 35 years, said government officials need to look at the city or the county’s strengths and play to those areas.

“Don’t invent something else,” Pindzola said. “Expand on what you do well. You will always succeed when you expand on what you do well.”

Committee creating petition for business improvement district

By Ashley Rader

Work toward starting a business improvement district in downtown Elizabethton continues as city staff members work to complete a petition to show support for the project.

Director of Planning and Development Jon Hartman said the committee working on the district is meeting regularly and is drafting a petition to circulate among the property owners in downtown Elizabethton for those who support the district to sign.

Before the petition is finalized and presented to business owners, the downtown improvement plan will be reviewed to give estimates for what the improvements to the downtown district would cost.

“We are about a month away from a finalized petition that is ready to sign,” Hartman said.

Hartman said the planning department was continuing the education process about the BID to keep the property owners informed with the process. He said one option would be to bring in guest speakers from areas that have established districts.

New workshops take aim at job searches, job skills

By Ashley Rader

People who need help with a job search or improving job skills can find it in new workshops being offered by the Alliance for Business and Training.

AB&T Executive Director Kathy Pierce said the agency offers the new employment workshops, which began Monday, to help the local population become more prepared for a job search and then for the work force.

“As of August, 8.5 percent of the population of Carter County is unemployed,” Pierce said. “That is up a little from the last report. We don’t know the numbers for September because of the shutdown. That is 2,400 people that are unemployed, and that is just the ones that reported. There is a huge contingent that is not there so it is probably much higher.”

Pierce said underemployed workers or people who had ran out of unemployment benefits and have given up their job search would not be included in the totals.

She continued that in the five Northeast Tennessee counties served by AB&T there were almost 1,400 unfilled jobs, and there were 30,000 unfilled jobs in the state.

“Our mission is to match the people who need the jobs with the jobs that need to be filled,” Pierce said. “Obviously there is a mismatch between the jobs to be had and the skills the job searchers have that are needed to fill those positions.”