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The Housing Workgroup from the ONEKingsport Community Summit, led by former mayor Jeanette Blazier, focused on the creation of strong neighborhoods. One recommendation to facilitate this accomplishment was the creation of a Neighborhood Commission. The Neighborhood Commission is composed of twelve Kingsport citizens who will advise on and promote initiatives to strengthen neighborhoods and, as needed, provide input to the Board of Mayor and Alderman on the impact of various programs to neighborhoods.

Neighborhoods are the core of a city, and Kingsport’s are rich with character and tradition. People who live in a city want to see it flourish and are willing to be engaged in positive quality-of-life improvements. Through the neighborhood commission, the city and its citizens can build stronger neighborhoods and increase engagement with the city.

  • Representatives from city neighborhoods serve as municipal liaisons.
  • Provide neighborhoods with a strong link to the city and the tools to measure health and stability.
  • Identify best practices, share success stories, remove roadblocks, and provide a venue for neighborhoods to connect for collaboration.
  • Serve as a neighborhood advocate with the city to help resolve municipal problems and provide feedback to neighborhoods.
  • Help define responsibilities, coordinate communications and serve as a neighborhood advocate.
  • Provide guidance and coaching to individual neighborhoods.
  • Create strong alliance between city and neighborhood.

For more information on the Neighborhood Commission, please click here.

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The Riverfront has a rich history in the development of Kingsport. A  recent resurgence in the area has sparked interest in a potential BLUEWAY to complement our GREENBELT.

  • River Recreation is an economic driver – a recent TVA study has shown that 1 mile of shoreline = $1 Million in economic impact
  • Outdoor recreation participants in TN spend $21.6 billion annually on watersports (kayaking, stand-up paddling, rafting, canoeing, and motorized boating)
  • Rethinking Riverfront Park with added Destination Play Areas, Bank Improvements and River Views
  • Development of Kingsport Landing Park (at the roundabout) for Active play areas, Views and River Access as well as Summer Festivals and Events
  • Upstream Improvements to Tilthammer Shoals area for a new Whitewater Park Area
  • Completion of Riverbend Park with connecting Trails, Fishing Pier and Passive Recreation
  • Additional Boat Ramps, Bridge and Access points to the River at Domtar Park
  • Navigational Improvements at the existing Weir Dam near Eastman Water Intake
  • Explore the possibility of Pedestrian Lighting along sections of the Riverfront Encouraging Commercial Investment


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The General Shale Complex has the potential to become a premier destination for Kingsport. In addition to Brickyard Park that brings in regional and national youth sports tournaments, the next phase will be to create a multipurpose outdoor venue.

Potential uses include the following:

  • Adventure racing
  • Festivals
  • Major concerts
  • Benefit Walks/Runs
  • Car shows
  • Cross country races
  • Cyclocross course
  • Boat shows
  • Tractor/Farm equipment shows
  • Food truck rodeos
  • Kite flying
  • Hot air balloon launches
  • Art in the park
  • Sports events/tournaments
  • Outdoor movie
  • Dog show
  • Outdoor holiday displays
  • And more!
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Here’s the stats: 26% of cities have makerspaces, and 57% of adults consider themselves makers.

For a 100 years, Kingsport has been a city of “Makers” and currently releases 2.5x the patents of Chattanooga. Providing a space where makers can collaborate on design ideas and fabricate products in the process of getting these inventions to market firmly establishes Kingsport as the city of the next generation of Jobs and Entrepreneurs.

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“Bays Mountain is our Crown Jewel and worthy of our Noblest Effort” – Jeff Fleming

There are many opportunities to shine and polish this jewel beginning the journey with your initial entry into the park. Upgrades and Modernization are key to keeping this the most visited site in Kingsport.

  • Bays Mountain is working towards a National Recreation Trails certification.
  • A new venue will be located at Lily Pad Cove to be utilized for weddings, parties and other events.
  • Update the Nature Center to include a world-class area with new animal habitats.
  • Create a new entrance for a grand first impression.
  • Add new amenities that enhance the overall customer experience.
  • The average annual attendance is 220,000 visitors, and there is room for increased capacity.
  • Bays Mountain has a desperate need for improvements noted in a strategic master plan that was developed in 2010.