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Read today's print paper for Progress Edition

Staff Reports • Mar 4, 2018 at 6:00 AM

KINGSPORT — Each Sunday during March, the Times News will publish a special Progress Edition section in its print edition. In today’s edition, we are celebrating the strides local businesses and industries have made in the last year, but we’re also looking into the future to see what’s ahead for them.

You’ll find stories on projects underway by local businesses and industries, you’ll read about Eastman Chemical Company’s “transformational journey,” and you’ll learn why one business analyst says there are signs that 2018 could bring a retail renaissance — here’s a hint, it’s about getting personal.

There will be a lot going on at the Tri-Cities Airport this year, including construction of a new passenger boarding bridge, resurfacing of the long-term parking lot and a new general aviation hangar. Full jet service for commercial passengers returns this summer, and there will be further development of Aerospace Park, a 160-acre, aviation-related development located at the TRI.

We’ll let you in on the Downtown Kingsport Association’s goals for the year, including how they will focus on marketing downtown’s livability. And we’ll tell you how the Kingsport Farmers Market in 2018 will go high-tech.

Where the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce is concerned, reinventing the city’s riverfront will be a big focus in the coming years. Chamber President and CEO Miles Burdine says this will help draw younger folks to Kingsport. “They want outdoor activities,” Burdine said.

On the automotive front, local import automobile dealer Rick Hill has three new models to sell this year, and by next year he hopes to have a new location from which to sell them.

Over in Scott County, an economic development effort includes construction of the Daniel Boone Wilderness Trail Interpretive Center, which officials there say will spur increased tourism activity.

Hawkins County industrial growth got off to a good start in January with the announcement of a new $40 million plant in Church Hill. AGC Flat Glass announced the construction of a new 100,000-square-foot plant which will be located adjacent to the existing Greenland plant located on AGC Road just south of Church Hill. The new AGC plant will also create 85 new jobs.

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