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Friday, July 19, 2019

Partnership discusses progress
The Cocke County Partnership/Economic Development Commission meeting Thursday welcomed two new members to the board, filling vacancies. Zac Valentine is with Newport Federal Bank and Dennis Gregg is with Conagra. Robbie Mathis of Horizon Digital Marketing talked to the commission about a 10 episode series he has produced, aimed at promoting Cocke County, entitled "Smoky Mountain Secrets". " Anytime we can showcase the good things that are happening here and bring a positive light to this community, it will be awesome.I'm hoping people get the sense that something is happening here." Mathis said he is hoping the series will boost the pride locals have in their community, and also serve to lure newcomers to the area. "People don't realize, this is the real Smoky Mountains. They have heard of Pigeon Forge and visited Gatlinburg, but if they could only see where I have come from.....I want to share it with the world." Partnership President Lucas Graham said the series will boost industrial recruitment, through the promotion of fiber availability and industrial sites. Graham also reported that the plans for Eternal Beverage remain on track. Plans are to conduct more detailed geotechnical studies on the 98 acre site, at a cost of $8,750. And planners hope for a state grant to pay for the preparation of a five acre site as well as an access road from Highway 25E to the location of the plant. A total of 97 acres of the property is to be developed, with an additional 700 acres to the west. Graham also said a local plant expansion project is expected to be announced in the near future, and several developers are looking at local multi-housing needs for the middle income market. Tourist Development Manager, Linda Lewanski reported she has applied for a matching state grant to boost her marketing budget. And she said this summer's Celebrating Cosby program is the most visited educational program in the park. Tonight the Eastern Cherokee representatives will provide the program beginning at 7pm in the Cosby Campground. Lynn Ramsey of the Chamber reported a Mingle with the Mayor is planned for July 25. Newport Mayor Roland "Trey" Dykes, will answer questions over lunch from noon till 1 at the Newport Community Center. A marketing expo is planned for August 26 at the community center. Dave Delaney, will present a seminar on how local businesses can create their own free Google listing. The seminar from 5:30 pm till 7 pm has a cost of $10 for chamber members and $15 for the general public, and a meal will be served. The seminar also will include local media.

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