KINGSPORT — Pledging to market Sullivan County and the Tri-Cities to Tennessee and the world, the new head of Sullivan County’s regional economic development efforts marked his first day on the job Monday.
Clay Walker, 50, is the new chief executive officer of the NETWORKS — Sullivan Partnership, a joint economic development effort of Sullivan County, Kingsport, Bristol, Tenn., and Bluff City.
“I’m currently a resident of the Hampton Inn,” Walker quipped during an interview and informal editorial board meeting at the Kingsport Times-News Monday afternoon.
Walker, of Gallatin, Tenn., was named the new CEO Dec. 26 by the Executive Committee of NETWORKS. Monday was his first day on the job. Also at the meeting was immediate past NETWORKS CEO Richard Venable, who has a contract to remain with the agency in a consulting capacity for up to six months on a month-to-month basis.
“What attracted me to NETWORKS is I had a familiarity with the work Richard had done and I had a familiarity with what NETWORKS has done,” Walker said.For an expanded version of this article, please see Tuesday's print edition or our expanded electronic edition.