2019 GUIDE TO BUSINESS
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It is a great time to be in Anderson County! The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce looks forward to the future and fulfilling our mission to encourage economic development and community partnerships to continue to strive for an improved quality of life for our citizens. The Chamber Board and Staff extend our appreciation to our members and the community for their investment and volunteer spirit that helps to make Anderson County such a great place to work, live and visit. Whether you are in our county as a visitor, new resident or business owner, you will quickly come to appreciate our county’s proud history while looking forward to becoming a part of its bright future. Anderson County delivers what many areas only promise – a small town lifestyle amid forested hills with large sparkling lakes and clean rivers. Yet we are in close proximity to major shopping and entertainment just down the road. We have so much to offer – and we are confident you will see that during your visit to our county. Working with our Chamber members, community partners, volunteers and civic leaders, the Chamber has realized tremendous growth in the past and has celebrated an abundance of successes. At the same time, we have worked to preserve our county’s rich heritage. From the Museum of Appalachia to the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, our county reflects many diverse communities strongly influenced by their heritage and history. Anderson County also looks forward to a bright future through increased economic growth, workforce development and a strong education system. We are pleased to present you with this Guide to Business, which depicts in words and pictures the marvelous features of our area, including information about the businesses and organizations that make our county great. One of the Chamber’s
many functions is to act as a source of information about all that Anderson County has to offer. We serve our community through our Community Partners and membership investments, which promote strategic initiatives that support existing business, encourage new business growth and make a difference in all aspects of our community. During the year of 2018, the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce was awarded two prestigious awards: the Tennessee Chamber Executive of the Year Award and then the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy by the Tennessee Board of Regents. As you look through this Guide, we believe you will get a firsthand look at what it is like to be a part of a growing area that promotes business, nurtures families and has a vision for the future. You will find important information on local government, education, business and industry, as well as important messages from our member sponsors. We offer our sincere thanks to them for making this publication possible. We welcome you as a business, as a visitor, or as a new resident. We invite you to come and see all that Anderson County has to offer. The best is yet to come!
Rick Meredith President
VISION The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce shall be acknowledged by citizens and businesses as vital to the creation of local jobs, promotion of local commerce and improving the quality of life for citizens of Anderson County.
MISSION STATEMENT The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce mission is to encourage economic development, government initiatives, and community initiatives that result in prosperity for members and citizens of Anderson County. 245 North Main Street Suite 200 Clinton, TN 37716 Phone: (865) 457-2559 Fax (865) 463-7480 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Mark HardyWebsite: Photography www.andersoncountychamber.org
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About the Front Cover In 1939, Bethlehem Steel Company now some children will have no memory of completed the construction of a truss bridge the Green Bridge. that would connect US Highway 25 across A new bridge will be taking the place of the Clinch River. This bridge was named the the Green Bridge. This new development will William Everette Lewallen Bridge in memory feature four lanes, two bike lanes, and even of a former Anderson County Judge. To locals green painted architecture. It’s a sign that the bridge would be known as the Green Bridge. And little did Anderson County know, it would become one of the county’s most identifiable landmarks. For 80 years, the Green Bridge has connected South Clinton to Downtown Clinton. It’s more than just the landmark that connected two parts of the City of Clinton together; but more of what connected the town Judge Wallace speaks at the Green Bridge to many opportunities. Before I-75 was dedication ceremony in 1939. built, driving across the Green Bridge was the only access to Knoxville. This created an extraordinary amount of traffic through the City of Clinton thus resulting in many successful businesses throughout the downtown region of Clinton. During the 1940s, 50s, and 60s Market and Main Streets were booming with businesses. Throughout time, Anderson County has continued to develop and change. Businesses have developed in Anderson Anderson County is moving forward. With the County, families have grown in Anderson development of the new bridge, downtown County, but one thing has remained the same Clinton has the potential to exponentially throughout time: The Green Bridge. grow. It will take the place of the bridge that The famous landmark has served its so many people throughout Anderson County time, millions of people have driven across it grew to love, but will continue to invite throughout the years. In the next few years, people into the City of Clinton. the Green Bridge will become a memory of So, here is to the Green Bridge. And here those who have lived in Anderson County. It’s is to exciting new growth and opportunities bittersweet to imagine that ten years from for Anderson County!
About the photographer The image used for the front cover was taken by Anderson County Photographer, Daryl Stair. Stair is known for capturing the beauty of Anderson County throughout the many different seasons. His work is available for purchase at www. darylstair.com as well as at Clinch River Mercantile, 428 Market Street, Clinton, TN.
Table of Contents Anderson County Tourism............................. 36 Board of Directors ......................................... 27 Business Directory ........................................ 46 Chamber History .............................................. 8 Chamber Programs ....................................... 14 Clinton Vision ................................................. 12 City of Clinton ................................................ 41 Community Partners........................................ 5 Economic Development/Industry ................ 45 Education Foundation ................................... 24 Healthcare ...................................................... 34 Leadership ..................................................... 20 Newcomer’s Guide ....................................... 38 Newcomer’s Resource Directory ................. 40 Norris .............................................................. 42 Oak Ridge....................................................... 42 Oliver Springs................................................. 43 Retail Development ....................................... 33 Rocky Top ...................................................... 43 Schools ........................................................... 28 Welcome........................................................... 4 Young Professionals ...................................... 26 Youth Leadership ........................................... 22
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The Greater Clinton Chamber of Commerce Board Members and City Officials dedicate the new welcome sign prior to the 1982 World’s Fair.
The Beginning of the Chamber: 1930s 1932: A small group of businesmen
gathered together to start the Clinton Businessmen’s Association which was later named the Clinton Chamber. R.C. Dudley Hoskins, owner of Hoskins Drug Stores, becomes the first President of the Chamber.
1934: Thomas L. Seeber, Peak & Seeber
Automobile Dealership, becomes the Second President of the Chamber. Issues that are addressed during this time are: • Recruiting a laundry • Prohibiting outdoor toilets throughout town
• Soliciting farms for sale for people to be displaced by Norris Dam • Determining the feasibility of establishing a local hospital • Developing plans for an airport
The Chamber’s objectives for the year are widening Highway 61 to Oak Ridge, arrange a cleanup week within the City of Clinton, conduct spring and fall festivals, and establish a legislative lobby in Nashville for the welfare and progress of Clinton.
The City of Clinton becomes one of the first communities in the South to have a desegregated high school.
The 1970s and 80s 1970:
Ms. Hazel Carden becomes the first Female President of the Chamber. The Clinton Chamber becomes The Greater Clinton Chamber of Commerce to focus on the entire community. The first Networking Coffee is hosted on September 18th at the Clinton Community Center.
The First Annual Small Business Expo is presented.
The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce becomes the newly adopted name of the Chamber to reflect countywide service. The Chamber and MHRIDA moves into a joint suite in the First American Bank Building at 245 N. Main Street, Suite 200.
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85th Anniversary Gala held in 2017
Bernadette Highfill is appointed Executive Director of the Chamber, becoming the first full time employee.
The Leadership Anderson County program is announced. Knoxville News Sentinel’s Editorial Cartoonist, Charlie Daniels spoke at the annual banquet.
The 90s and Now 1991:
The Junior Leadership Program begins in the spring with initially 60 sixth grade students.
1952 Olympic Gold Medalist, Jim Dunbar, spoke at the August luncheon. During this year, Anderson County and Clinton received the Governor’s A+ Award for Community Commitment to Excellence in Education.
In the fall of 2001, The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce sponsored the Anderson County Bicentennial Celebration on Market Street. In response to a successful turnout, the Chamber agreed to continue to sponsor an annual event on Market Street. The first Annual Market and Main Street Festival was held in October. Because of the tremendous growth, the festival is now called the Clinch River Fall Antique Festival.
Anderson County Exemplary Students (ACES) was formed by the Education Committee of the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce and the Anderson County School System to award scholarships to exemplary students.
2017 Dream It. Do It. East Tennessee Winners, Clinton Middle School
The Youth Leadership Anderson County Program begins as a community project of the 2004 Leadership Class. The Chamber Newsletter was printed through the Clinton Courier for the first time.
The Chamber Community Partners program was introduced in April and began with Methodist Medical Center, Powell Clinch Utility District, and Mercy Health Partners.
The Chamber of Commerce hosted the first Today’s Woman Expo which featured HGTV Showhost, Brian Copeland; Author Ethan Becker; and the Bachelor’s, Ella Nolan.
The Dream It. Do It. East Tennessee program was introduced to Anderson County for the first time. Four teams of 8th grade students from Anderson County
Schools partnered with the manufacturing industries within Anderson County to create informational videos. The first year’s winning team was Clinton Middle School.
The Chamber of Commerce hosted a Black-Tie Gala in honor of their 85th Anniversary. There were also 26 Ribbon Cuttings held for new businesses within Anderson County.
Clinton: The Downtown Vision began in January of 2018 with presentations by architect, Gianni Longo with Gianni Longo and Associates, LTD. The Chamber of Commerce President, Rick Meredith was awarded Tennessee Chamber Executive of the Year and Chancellor’s Award for Philanthropy. The Chamber also hosted over 200 networking events during the year of 2018.
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CLINTON: The Downtown Vision
In February of 2018, The Anderson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a series of events that featured Gianni Longo with Gianni Longo Associates, LTD. Longo is known for his work of urbanizing cities throughout the United States. In Tennessee, Longo has assisted in the redesign of Chattanooga’s riverfront, downtown Franklin, and even Knoxville’s Market Square. The series kicked off with an opening presentation by Gianni Longo with around 100 attendees. Following the Opening Presentation were multiple open houses, and the end of the series took place with a Closing Presentation. Renderings of the Downtown Vision were presented to the crowd during the Closing Presentation. The revitalization of Downtown Clinton will cover Main Street, Market Street, and the Magnet Mills site. In May of 2018, The City of Clinton was one of the
twelve cities selected by the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to participate in the Tennessee Downtowns Program. The program works through groups of local citizens who participate in the two-year program supported by the National Main Street Center. In addition to being selected to participate in this program, a $15,000 grant is awarded to the participating cities as well. To keep the momentum of Clinton: The Downtown Vision, the Anderson County Chamber of Commerce partnered with QK4, Inc. to create a video that showcases 3D animations of the new “Green Bridge,” streetscapes, and more of what the vision holds. For more information about Clinton: The Downtown Vision, the Chamber of Commerce encourages everyone to checkout: https://www.andersoncountychamber.org/the-vision/
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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS Anderson County is known as a premier location for the automotive industry in Tennessee. The Anderson County Economic Development Association has been promoting the location of new companies and fostering the expansion of existing companies in Anderson County for 55 years. We are an organization of Anderson County community leaders working together to create a vibrant and growing economy.
Contact Tim Thompson, President 245 North Main Street, Suite 200 â€˘ Clinton, TN 37716 Phone: 865-457-1785 â€˘ Fax: 865-457-8969 Email: email@example.com Webpage: www.andersoncountyeda.com
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE MISSION STATEMENT Establish programs to encourage entrepreneurship and maintain existing retail/commercial businesses
OBJECTIVES FOR 2019: • Focus on Lifestyle Improvements - City & Community - Housing Development and Greenways • Secure Retail Development Funding • Attend Retail Trade Shows • Grow Relationships with Business Owners
The City of Clinton was chosen as one the twelve cities to participate in the Tennessee Downtowns Program. This program will be used to implement street improvements on Market and Main Streets.
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GOVERNMENT RELATIONS COMMITTEE MISSION STATEMENT Position the Chamber as the facilitator for regional development between government, business, and community and be an advocate for Anderson County
CO-CHAIRS Michael Foster City of Rocky Top Steve Heatherly Merit Construction Co.
OBJECTIVES FOR 2019: • Legislative Agenda Presentation in Nashville • Lunch with Legislators (review legislative accomplishments) • Regional Coalition/ Alliance Quarterly Meeting • Six County Legislative Planning Session • Meet & Greet with All City Councils, School Boards and County Commission
The Government Relations Committee hosted a Legislative Wrap-Up Luncheon in the summer of 2018 that featured discussions from Lt. Governor Randy McNally, Senator Ken Yager, and Representative John Regan.
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AMBASSADORS The Ambassador Program began in the 90’s and continues strong today. Ambassadors are the first friendly faces that Chamber members and visitors see when attending a Chamber event. Their friendly, warm reception is invaluable to the success of our events. Ambassadors are all volunteers and members in good standing. A Chamber business may have a representative participate as an Ambassador. The benefits to becoming an Ambassador are many: exposure for their business as the “Face of the Chamber,” business development through monthly membership networking, opportunities to meet members and visitors that may become business contacts, featured on a “Chamber Ambassador” page of the Chamber website, opportunities to meet government officials, personal development through forming new relationships, a quarterly reward program and an opportunity to have their photo printed online and in various newspapers. Ambassadors are the liaison
between the Chamber and its members and are absolutely VITAL to the existence of this organization. Statistics show that members who ‘feel’ they belong
2017 Ambassador of the Year, Amanda Humphreys
and receive value from their membership will remain members. The Ambassador Program is a dynamic component in the Chamber’s continued growth.
MISSION STATEMENT The Ambassador’s mission is to enhance member satisfaction and membership retention.
PURPOSE • Establish a personal connection with Chamber members • Encourage members to maximize their membership benefits • Welcome new and current members at Chamber events.
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• Continue the East Tennessee Dream it Do it program • Support the Anderson County Groundhog Day Initiative (Job Shadowing) • Initiate a Career Fair for grades 6-8 with Anderson County and Clinton City Schools • Promote Manufacturing Day • Continue to promote soft skill development with the schools • Continue to support industry tours targeting various groups in 2019 • Initiate 3rd grade Art Industry Contest
MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE 2019 OBJECTIVES • Offer mentoring for new members • Offer additional incentives for membership • Create a 12 month plan • Host Membership Drive • Social Media Training for members • Follow- Up after Joining the Chamber
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Focused on Creating Future Community Leaders Leadership Anderson County, sponsored by the Chamber, originated in 1990. Since its inception this program has graduated over 500 participants. Limited to 25 participants annually, this program is designed to develop emerging leaders and promote the importance and strengths of our community. The program offers participants an opportunity to better understand community dynamics, build their community connection and involvement to local business and industry, refine their knowledge of local and state government, and stimulate future participation and commitment to their community. The program focuses on how the dynamics of local businesses and city, county and state governments impact economic and community development. Class members are introduced to business leaders and elected officials who influence the private and public sectors on a daily basis. The curriculum includes sessions on Applied Leadership Skills, Team Building and Project Management. Tours of the area cover all aspects of Anderson County and an overnight trip to Nashville for an opportunity to make connections at the state level and have a photo with the Governor. Once the program is completed graduates of Leadership Anderson County are honored at a special graduation dinner. By attending Leadership, individuals have tremendous opportunities to leave their comfort zone and become part of a developmental assignment, which Fortune magazine states is among the most important tools that great
companies utilize but average organizations rarely use. Activities are designed to meet the communityâ€™s need for strong leaders and provide the opportunity to expand leadership and management skills. Businesses, organizations or individuals can nominate and sponsor candidates for the program. The program sessions begin in May and ends in April with Graduation.
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Youth Leadership Anderson County, sponsored by the Chamber, was developed by the Leadership Anderson County Class of 2004 as their community project. The program is a partnership with the Anderson County Schools. Clinton High School students are offered a Leadership Skills Training class providing high school equivalent credit toward graduation. Anderson County High School students participate during second half of half-time Mondays. The mission of YLAC is to develop leadership and communication skills, reduce achievement gap, increase graduation rates and provide a broad perspective of the community. The YLAC Program presents in-depth
sessions that acquaint participants with their communityâ€™s infrastructure plus its needs, opportunities, problems and resources. The program encourages volunteerism and community involvement through better understanding and acceptance of civic duties and leadership roles. The goal is to educate youth about their community and the opportunities available to assume leadership positions. Local high school sophomores, juniors and seniors are selected through an application process. Students with good character who exhibit a potential for leadership and interest in the growth and improvement of our community are encouraged to apply.
Day-long sessions include state government, economic development, health care, education, community resources, technology, agriculture and tourism. Sessions begin in August and conclude in March. For more information about these programs please contact the Chamber office.
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