Eastman CEO and Board Chairman Mark Costa told regional leaders that the company’s financial outlook for the first quarter of 2019 will look much like the company’s fourth quarter last year – flat. However, once the United State’s trade war is resolved – hopefully later this month – then the rest of the year should see better growth.
BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable and Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy have appointed the “Blue Ribbon Committee on Regional Cooperation” to consider potential regional economic development strategies. “We must do all we can to position our region to compete and succeed in the highly technological future,” Venable said.
In what was billed as the first time the two commission’s ever met jointly, each body voted to approve a resolution citing prior successes and pledging to forge greater bonds — throughout the region.
The county commissions of Sullivan County and Washington County will meet jointly next week to talk about how to work together — and planners hope the effort will grow to include surrounding counties to “make things better for the whole region.”