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Sullivan County, Tennessee

Podcast: Regional Workforce Ecosystem Response to the Opioid Crisis in Northeast Tennessee November 14, 2019

Northeast Tennessee is one of the hot spots in terms of prescription drug abuse, NAS births, and overdose deaths. The region also suffers from an unhealthy workforce, in large part due to addiction. Hear how the First Tennessee Development District took the lead role in bringing partners together to create solutions to deal with this epidemic. Learn how Northeast Tennessee builds a system a support from NAS babies to senior adults. Lottie Ryans and Mark Stephens from the First Tennessee Development District share practical ways to educate, boost awareness, and build solutions the entire community can embrace. Check out our podcast page for the full 30-minute episode.

First two counties in Northeast Tennessee certified as Work Ready December 13, 2018

Hawkins and Sullivan counties are the first counties in Northeast Tennessee to achieve Work Ready Community certification through the ACT National Career Readiness Certification program. Workforce development officials with the First Tennessee Development District say other counties in the region are close to obtaining the designation.

A skilled workforce is key to higher wages April 04, 2018

Washington County Mayor Dan Eldridge recently recalled an incident late last year when representatives of a South Korean auto parts manufacturer visited Jonesborough to scout the Washington County Industrial Park as a possible site for a new plant.

First Tennessee Development District's Lottie Ryans aims to make NE Tenn. a Work Ready Community October 16, 2017

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — If she does her job right, Lottie Ryans said the eight counties in Northeast Tennessee will be added to the list of ACT Work Ready Communities across the nation.

Hawkins, other counties, certified as Work Ready Communities June 23, 2017
ELIZABETHTON — The County Mayors of Carter, Greene, Hancock, Hawkins, Johnson, Unicoi and Washington counties announced last week that the entire region is now officially listed on the Work Ready Communities website as participating in the ACT Work Ready ...