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NETWORKS, BTES receive Gold Awards from economic development group

From staff reports • Dec 4, 2019 at 8:30 PM

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership and Bristol Tennessee Essential Services (BTES) have won Gold Awards from the International Economic Development Council (IEDC).

NETWORKS’ entry, the “Tri-Cities TN Quality of Life Video,” was recognized in the Multimedia/Video Promotion category. The video, which highlights various quality of life assets across the region, was produced with the intent of being used as a recruitment tool by NETWORKS along with chambers of commerce, tourism programs, education partners, and industry and local business partners to use for talent recruitment.

“This award is especially gratifying to me for a few reasons,” NETWORKS CEO Clay Walker said. “First of all, it speaks so clearly and loudly to the incredible place in which we all live and enjoy so much."

BTES’s entry, the “Teacher Industry Day Program,” was recognized in the Business Retention and Expansion Initiatives category. The Teacher Industry Day Program focuses on three goals: developing and improving the relationship between the school system and local industry; providing school system personnel with the opportunity to learn about the changing educational needs of workers in industry and to see first-hand the job skills high school graduates must have to compete in today’s workforce; and providing an opportunity to share information about the school system with industry personnel.

“Teacher Industry Day is an innovative opportunity that brings businesses in our community together with educators to provide learning experiences and insight of the relevant skills needed and available jobs in our community,” explained BTES Business Development Manager April Eads.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Awards recognize the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. Thirty-four award categories honor organizations and individuals for their efforts in creating positive change in urban, suburban, and rural communities. Awards are judged by a diverse panel of economic and community developers from around the world, following a nomination process held earlier this year. IEDC received more than 400 submissions from 12 countries.

“The recipients of IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development awards represent the very best of economic development and exemplify the ingenuity, integrity, and leadership that our profession strives for each and every day,” said 2019 IEDC Board Chair Tracye McDaniel. “We’re honored to recognize more than 100 communities for their excellent work, which forges new opportunities for our profession. We look forward to even greater participation from economic developers across the globe in the 2020 awards program.”


NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership is the economic development organization serving the Northeastern Tennessee communities of Sullivan — including investor partners Bluff City, Bristol, and Kingsport  — and Hawkins County. To learn more about NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership, visit networkstn.com.

About BTES

BTES is a municipally owned electric utility that also provides high-speed Internet, telephone, and cable television services over a fiber-optic network. BTES has more than 33,000 electric customers in a 280-square-mile service area in the city of Bristol and Sullivan County, Tennessee. Learn more about BTES at btes.net

About IEDC

The International Economic Development Council is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 5,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Learn more at iedconline.org.

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