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The City of Kingsport has a new Economic Development Director: John Rose.

As Economic Development Director, Rose supports City Manager Chris McCartt and works closely with the city’s Development Coordinator, Elizabeth Rowe, to advance Kingsport’s economic development efforts.

“I’m very excited to start this position with the City of Kingsport,” Rose said. “There are many projects I’m looking forward to working on. Kingsport has been my home for over 20 years and I’m grateful for this opportunity to help the city grow and thrive.”

Rose received a Bachelor of Arts in Organization Management from Tusculum College (now Tusculum University), located in Greeneville, TN.

While Rose has worked within the City of Kingsport for 20 years, he was most recently doing consultant work for developments and helping to develop properties. Before that, Rose was Operations Manager at Vic Davis Construction and subsequently filled the position of Director of Operations at Edinburgh Group. His time and experience in Kingsport’s development arena has greatly helped to prepare him for his new position of Economic Development Director.

McCartt met Rose nearly 20 years ago when they worked together on the Broad Street Streetscape project. “We worked very well together on that project and I’ve had the opportunity to work with him on countless other occasions over the years,” McCartt said. “We’re very glad to have him and grateful he’s part of our team.”

For more information about Kingsport’s Economic Development, please visit