The overarching goal is to be the best possible Kingsport, a place that is attracting and retaining new and existing residents, visitors, businesses and developers. If this goal is achieved, it ultimately brings us closer to Kingsport’s vision – To be the premier city in Northeast Tennessee to live, work and raise a family and for businesses to grow and prosper.
Following the 2-day summit, citizens interested in serving were divided among the 7 post-summit workgroups. For the next 5 months, these workgroups met to research, identify and recommend projects or “big ideas” to bring forward. In March 2016, each workgroup presented to the BMA.
From those presentations, city staff collected all of the information and then formed a prioritization team. This team consisted of two members nominated from each workgroup to bring all the ideas forward and prioritize year one recommendations. Then, a staff cost-estimating team worked on provided estimates for each project.
As of September 2016, the ONEKingsport Advisory Commission was formed. This commission is advisory in nature and does not make any financial decisions. The funding is recommended by the commission and approved by the BMA.
Many ideas came forward throughout the ONEKingsport process and are already underway as they were absorbed but the current city budget, absorbed by partner agencies or had not cost to implement.
Please keep in mind that all projects supporting the summit goal of attracting and retaining residents, visitors, businesses and developers are considered a part of the ONEKingsport movement. For example, a substantial Meadowview renovation is underway, and while not funded through ONEKingsport, the hotel is a destination city investment that supports the ONEKingsport effort.