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Working together to benefit taxpayers

In a rare display of cooperation and good sense, five small counties in northwest Tennessee and southwest Kentucky have formed an alliance to work on economic development.

The Ken-Tenn Regional Alliance, which represents Obion, Weakley and Lake counties in Tennessee and Fulton and Hickman counties in Kentucky, operates at the other end of the state, but East Tennessee economic develoment officials would do well to pay close attention to the group’s efforts.

Working across county and state lines presents certain political hurdles, but joint ventures can serve taxpayers well if local officials are sincere in their efforts to cooperate.

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Dave Ramsey to speak in Maryville

ramsey_atb_04.jpgPersonal money management expert Dave Ramsey will be in Maryville on Sept. 24 to speak on “Entreleadership, A lesson on leadership from an entrepreneurial perspective.”

Hosted by the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Ramsey’s speech is at 7:30 p.m. at Fairview United Methodist Church, 2508 Old Niles Ferry Road.

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New mayors pledge support for Pellissippi Place

IMG00152.jpgWith some 200 business and political leaders from the Knoxville-region watching, the lights came on Tuesday evening at Pellissippi Place, the mixed-use tech park under development in Alcoa.

 A glitch-free “Lighting of the Park” ceremony was important, but perhaps more important was the pledge of support the 450-acre project received from newly elected local government leaders.

The mixed-use project is being funded by $5 million investments by four different local governments — Knox and Blount counties and the cities of Alcoa and Maryville.

 

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Pellissippi Place grand opening Aug. 30

A grand opening for Pellissippi Place, a mixed use technology-oriented economic development project in Alcoa, will be held Monday, Aug. 30 at 7 p.m.

The opening will showcase the park’s green infrastructure, said Bryan Daniels, Blount Partnership Interim President and CEO.

pellissippi7_asb_13110.jpg“I have spoken to several site selectors and they say the LEED infrastructure will be very attractive to those companies that are green oriented,” Daniels said.

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Credit crunch hurts biz park development

On Sunday, the News Sentinel and Knoxvillebiz.com, take a look at how the credit crunch has slowed development of Pellissippi Place, a technology business park being developed by Knox and Blount counties and the cities of Alcoa and Maryville.

Access to capital is hurting commercial development across the country. Both small businesses and public-private groups like the Industrial Development Board of Blount County, which owns Pellissippi Place, are having trouble getting loans.

Help could be on the way. But politics could get in the way. Now there’s a surprise.

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