|Published: 8:01 PM, 05/17/2013
||Last updated: 8:02 PM, 05/17/2013
Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk
NEWPORT-"All companies are doing something
positive," said Cocke County Partnership President Don Hurst on Thursday
at the May meeting of the Newport/Cocke County Economic Development
Commission's board of directors.
Hurst was referring to companies renting space from the
EDC. "They are all purchasing new equipment, adding space, or something
positive. This is good for us," he said.
Hurst also said within the past six weeks, "several
visits" have been made to Cocke County by companies seeking a place to
relocate. "Sherry (Butler, Partnership Vice-President), showed our
buildings yesterday. We are hopeful the company's interest will go
The recent announcement of a distillery locating in Cocke
County is also good economic news for the county, according to Hurst.
"They are working with Newport Utilities now regarding water and
wastewater issues," he said.
The county's retail community has also had "good
growth," according to Hurst, who used the recent opening of Factory
Connection as an example. "Our latest figures show that Cocke County's
sales tax figures are very close to those of last year which were the highest
in the county's history. And we need to remember that one-half of our sales tax
dollars go directly to our schools."
The third part of the county's economic plan, tourism,
also received praise from Hurst. "Our tourism director, Linda Lewanski,
works daily to improve our relationship with Great Smoky Mountains National
Park," he reported.
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