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May 9, 2016

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It's Iris Festival Time In Greeneville!
Approximately 117 booths have already been reserved for the 22nd Annual Iris Festival that will be held May 21-22 in downtown historic Greeneville.  New to the festival this year are the "Sundown on Depot" Car Show and the Depot Farmers' Market.  These featured activities will be joining the Evergreene Woodcarvers Competition Show & Sale, the Miss Iris Festival Pageant, continuous entertainment on two stages, and a food court offering all kinds of delicacies.   A free shuttle will be available during the hours of the show Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.  For more information on the festival, visit www.greenevilleirisfestival.com.  To register for a booth space, contact the Partnership at 423-638-4111 or email gcp@greenecop.com.
MacAbbey Road Antiquities Ribbon Cutting
Join the Green Coat Ambassadors at a ribbon cutting and open house for MacAbbey Road Antiquities Friday, May 13, at 11:30 a.m.  The business is located at 219 N. Irish Street.
June Dairy Days Celebration
Make plans to attend the June Dairy Days Celebration Friday, June 3, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Greene County Fairgrounds Livestock Pavilion.  The event will feature contests, entertainment and free dairy product samples and is coordinated by the Partnership's Agribusiness Committee.
Leadership Greene County Nominations
Nominations are being accepted for the Leadership Greene County Class until May 27.  The class will begin with an overnight retreat in August.  For more information on the program, email Jennifer Wilder at kgb@greenecop.com
KGB Golf Tournament Winners
ISCO won the Iron Eyes Traveling Trophy at the Keep Greene Beautiful Golf Tournament April 29.  Members of the team were Pat Dickey, Bill Kishbaugh, Senior Kishbaugh and Dave Smith.  Runners-up were members of the Parker Hannifin team: Chris Boyd, David Glasscock, Jon Wilder and James Wilds.  Special thanks to contest sponsors Marsh Propane, Walmart Logistics, Jarden Zinc Products, Air Pro Heating and Cooling, hole sponsors and door prize sponsors; and to Greeneville Oil & Petroleum and Coca-Cola for providing beverages.
Welcome New Members
The Greene County Partnership welcomes new member Tennessee Small Business Development Center at East Tennessee State University.
Tourism News
'Get Your Business Goggle-ized'
Tourism, in conjunction with Business and Technology Counselor Mark Bays and the Tennessee Small Business Development Center at ETSU, will host a "Get Your Business Google-ized" workshop June 22 at the Kathryn W. Leonard Administration Building from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  Attendees will get an overall understanding of what Google wants in order for you to be found in searches. If you manage your own website, you will be given tips webmasters may not want you to know. And if you have a webmaster, you will leave with a list of things to pass along that will give your online presence a boost. Tourism is seeking a sponsor for this event so all small businesses and historic sites may attend the session for FREE.  If you are interested in attending or would like for your business or company to aid Tourism in educating our local businesses/tourism-related sites, please contact Tammy Kinser at tkinser@greenecop.com or call 638-4111.  The cost of the sponsorship is $2,000. 
National Tourism Week Celebrated 
National Tourism Week was celebrated May 1-7 with several tourism activities, including the presentation of five Presidential Pioneer in Hospitality Awards for those that go above and beyond the call of duty to make locals and guests feel welcome.  2016 winners are Lynette Price with Creamy Cup, Brooke Phillips with McDonald's on Tusculum Boulevard, George Blanks, Stephanie Ramsey with Andrew Johnson Bank and Jack Shipley with The Greeneville Sun.  Each winner received a surprise visit, a plaque and a bouquet of balloons.  The 150th visitor to the Andrew Johnson National Historic Site was presented a basket of Greeneville goodies, and tourism worked at the Bristol Tennessee Welcome Center serving cake to visitors and washing windshields in conjunction with Tennessee Tourism Commissioner Kevin Triplett's "See Tennessee More Clearly" campaign.  Local task force members Rhonda Humbert and Sharon O'Neal joined the fun at the welcome center to help greet visitors.  Also, as part of the celebration, pastry trays were delivered to The Greeneville Sun and Radio Greeneville for their support of tourism and its activities.
Pinnacle Awards Held In Conjunction With National Tourism Week
Congratulations to Scott Niswonger who received the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's Pinnacle Hospitality Hero Award for his investment in the region which stimulated economic growth and enhanced tourism products. Also, to Main Street: Greeneville for winning a Pinnacle Merit Award for "Lyrics on the Lawn." Tourism received a Merit Award for the 2015 Greeneville Visitor Guide at the awards ceremony May 4.
Education & Workforce Development
Junior Achievement Career Success Course
The Partnership's Education & Workforce Development Department is teaching a Career Success course for freshmen at Chuckey-Doak High School through the Junior Achievement Program. Students are learning fundamental business and economic concepts, exploring career interests and opportunities, and developing work-readiness skills. To learn more about Junior Achievement and Career Success classes, contact Rebeckah Ball at 638-4111 or email ewf@greenecop.com
Have a great week!
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