Kingsport Chamber Celebrates Strong and Successful Year | Honors and Prizes
KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Chamber celebrated a successful year at the State of Your Kingsport Chamber Holiday Breakfast on Friday.
The event showcased the achievements of the Kingsport House over the past year and showcased plans for the year ahead, including the organization’s preparations to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2022.
Outgoing Kingsport Chamber President Brian Miller, Director of the Utilities Division at Eastman, outlined some of the organization’s many accomplishments starting in 2021, and new Kingsport Chamber President Russ Rogers, Managing Director from Honda Kingsport, outlined the organization’s plans and goals for 2022.
“It has been my sincere privilege and a true honor to have served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kingsport Chamber this year,” said Miller. “The breadth and depth of your Kingsport chamber work is astounding and makes a colossal difference in our community and for your business and it has been a real pleasure to watch this great organization and all it does for our city.”
Rogers said: “I am so honored and delighted to be the next Chairman of the Board of Directors of your Kingsport Chamber. It is a lesson in humility to see all the names of incredible leaders who have been fortunate enough to occupy this important position over the 75-year history of the House.
For 2021, Miller highlighted the following accomplishments and actions taken by the Kingsport Chamber, including: membership gained over 70 new members; KOSBE supports and trains more than 400 new businesses; Workforce development working on a number of initiatives to train the workforce of tomorrow; Government Relations by reviewing over 1,000 pieces of legislation impacting business; Finance manage 17 budgets with assets exceeding $ 31 million; Leadership Kingsport graduated 16 new community administrators; Visit Kingsport to host, support or manage over 30 sporting events with an estimated economic impact of $ 27 million; Fun Fest celebrating its 40th festival; Keep Kingsport Beautiful Receives Another Excellence Award from Keep America Beautiful; Move to Kingsport welcoming over 1,197 families from 49 states to Kingsport (since start of pandemic); Healthy Kingsport launched 61 water refill stations for area schools and distributed over 25,700 reusable water bottles to school systems in Kingsport City and Sullivan County; and the Downtown Kingsport Association, which welcomes 21 new businesses to downtown.
“I know I threw you a lot of facts, statistics and information earlier and what is most impressive is that everything I just pointed out only touches the surface,” Miller said of the Kingsport Chamber’s accomplishments over the past year. “And, while you might not remember it, I hope what you get out of it is how amazing your Kingsport chamber is an organization and how active and involved they are on so many levels. . “
For the year ahead, Rogers focused on the organization’s continued efforts to be the promoter and protector of business and announced that the Kingsport Chamber is planning a big year to celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2022.
“We have a huge year planned for next year,” Rogers said. He said the chamber will defend the owner of the small business, push for legislation that protects businesses, be an advocate for education, train the leaders of tomorrow, promote tourism and host a host of sports tournaments, meetings and conventions at Kingsport.
Additionally, he said the chamber will encourage healthy lifestyles and workplaces, protect and conserve natural resources, create fun and impactful events and recruit more families in Kingsport.
“And, in 2022, your Kingsport bedroom will turn 75,” Roger said. “We plan to have a big celebration throughout the year to commemorate this important accomplishment. “
The Kingsport Chamber also recognized the MeadowView Marriott on its 25th anniversary this month by presenting a commemorative gift to Ramona Jackson, Resort General Manager and Members President of the Kingsport Chamber.
Some of the many achievements of the Kingsport Chamber starting in 2021 include:
By the end of this year, the Kingsport Chamber membership program will have attracted over 70 new members, which will translate into over $ 30,000 in new revenue… and the team has hosted over 20 cups of ribbon, inaugurations and other events.
Kingsport Office of Small Business Development and Entrepreneurship
In a typical year, KOSBE deals with 150 clients. Last year, this number rose to more than 400 companies assisted and trained by the KOSBE team.
So far this year, KOSBE has assisted 24 loans; helped clients create 43 jobs; 464 jobs saved / retained; trained $ 4 million in capital injection; hosted 26 business training events covering a myriad of topics, including COVID-19 relief options, the Paycheck Protection Program and the SBA Restaurant Revitalization Fund; and KOSBE promoted Minority Business Development Week.
The program hosted the Tennessee Chapter of Women in Engineering, coordinated meetings on education-industry collaboration, hosted a career fair with the American Job Centers, supported the Construction Trades Institute, a managed the Tennessee / Virginia Scholars program and produced a series of videos on manufacturing.
Project Hope created and led activities for YMCA summer students at Roosevelt Elementary School and Sevier Middle School; created a new teachers’ lounge for Roosevelt Elementary; and developed a BTA (Business Teacher Association) for Roosevelt Elementary.
The Kingsport House Legislative Affairs Committee has reviewed over 1,000 pieces of legislation and taken positions on several bills impacting business.
The program also organized 10 events with local, state and national elected officials, organized candidate forums for the council of the mayor and aldermen and the board of education, and presented at the public policy meeting of the chamber government. from Tennessee to Nashville.
Finance and human resources
Kingsport Chamber’s finance team manages the financial accounts of several city and county organizations: Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (two programs), Kingsport Chamber Foundation (11 programs), Clinchfield Condo Association, Downtown Kingsport Association, NETWORKS and Kingsport Economic Development Board.
The total assets of all accounts managed by your Kingsport chamber finance team exceed $ 31 million.
Leadership Kingsport trained 16 new community leaders and led four community impact projects.
SHOUT! ® Youth Leadership had 30 students representing five schools and homeschools.
PEAK Young Professionals created a “Get Out and Vote” awareness campaign, organized a backpack drive for local students, and hosted a professional development series.
The YELL Mayor’s Youth Council has created professional development opportunities for fellow students, led efforts to promote diversity and inclusion, and contributed to a number of community service projects.
SCREAM Middle School Leadership began its inaugural year in 2021 with 32 participating students.
Vanessa Bennett, Executive Director of Operations and Talent Development, received the Robert Smith Award for Educator of the Year from the Tennessee Association of Community Leadership. TACL also named Kingsport Leadership as Outstanding Program of the Year.
Visit Kingsport has organized, supported or managed over 30 sporting events with an estimated economic impact of $ 27 million and hosted the inaugural season of the Kingsport Axmen, which maintains a vital part of the economy here at Kingsport.
Visit Kingsport also organized and hosted 22 group meetings and conventions in our city that have had an impact of almost $ 4 million on Kingsport’s economy.
Fun Fest welcomed thousands of visitors from 36 states, including 40 cities in Tennessee and 24 cities in Virginia. Fun Fest’s social media platforms reached over 750,000 viewers. The total economic impact of Fun Fest on Kingsport exceeds $ 6 million.
Keep Kingsport looking good
KKB received an Excellence Award from Keep America Beautiful for its efforts in environmental protection and sustainability.
KKB organized seven Trashercise events in spring 2021, with 255 volunteers collecting around 18 tonnes of waste.
Moving to Kingsport
Since the start of the pandemic, Kingsport Chamber’s Move to Kingsport program has helped bring 1,197 families from 49 states to Kingsport more than 35 miles away. This represents a total value of $ 194 million of purchased real estate.
Each newcomer generates $ 25,000 in purchasing power.
The top five states from which families move to Kingsport are Tennessee, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and California.
MoveToKingsport.com recorded 17,842 total pageviews (with 71% unique visitors), and the program received 667 relocation guide requests and 102,047 successfully delivered email campaigns.
The Move to Kingsport Facebook page reached 436,678 people.
To date, 303 Kingsport businesses and organizations are part of Healthy Kingsport’s Live Sugar-Freed effort, 106 of which do not sell, provide or promote sugary drinks.
Healthy Kingsport initiated and acquired sponsorship for 61 water refill stations for area schools and distributed over 25,700 reusable water bottles to school systems in Kingsport City and Sullivan County.
Kingsport Town Center Association
DKA hosted 11 First Thursday Shop & Hops, hosted over 3,000 people at the Independence Day concert and fireworks, hosted the Downtown Mile (the first time the event was in Kingsport), over 1,000 people attended the Downtown Street Fair, hosted a successful Wine and Whiskey Festival, hosted Trick or Treats on the Streets and helped a number of businesses with grants and relief support COVID, among many other initiatives.
Last month alone, 21 new businesses opened downtown and more are on the way.
Kingsport Chamber 75th Annual Dinner
The Kingsport House will continue to celebrate Kingsport at its 75th annual dinner. “Kingsport’s Social Event of the Year” is scheduled for 6:00 PM on February 4, 2022, at the MeadowView Marriott Conference Resort & Convention Center. Tickets go on sale in January.