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'All companies doing something positive

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 further."

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. 

For more details, please see the weekend edition of the Newport Plain Talk.

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