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Old 09-28-2015, 06:08 AM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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My fear isn't getting one. I know where they are; I'd have to be pretty stupid to get one. Even if I did get one that I didn't deserve, I would write the check rather than spend a day challenging it.

As outlined earlier, my fear is the "sucking effect" on the local economy. It's like having a special tax but distributing half the money to a foreign entity.
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Old 10-14-2015, 04:10 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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So it appears there will be a couple significant announcements tomorrow regarding area jobs. Good and bad. Downtown JC may be landing a corporate HQ bringing 25+ jobs making over $125,000 per year and many more lower-paying support jobs.

On the other hand, CSX might be announcing a significant workforce reduction at their Erwin facility. Not good news for a town trying to revive itself.
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Old 10-14-2015, 10:58 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Keep us posted!
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:20 AM
 
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This is very bad news. Approximately 300 personnel will be laid off, including employees and contractors. CSX is citing low coal traffic and reduced demand for the rail services.

CSX to reduce operations, workforce in Erwin, TN; impacting 300 jobs | WJHL
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Old 10-15-2015, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Just about to post the same thing. This is absolutely terrible. What's even worse is the way the press release is worded, it sounds like the entire former Clinchfield rail line might be shut down; if not permanently at least mothballed. I do feel like this was inevitable with the decline of the coal industry but it still hurts.
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Old 10-15-2015, 12:59 PM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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What are the ramifications for the coal operations still in business in Eastern KY and SW VA?
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Gray, TN
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Allied Dispatch Solutions plans to locate in Johnson City, hire nearly 500 workers | WJHL
Call Center
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Old 10-15-2015, 01:58 PM
 
Location: Johnson City, TN
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Allied Dispatch Solutions plans to locate in Johnson City, hire nearly 500 workers | WJHL
Call Center
There is more to this than just the call center expansion. They are significantly expanding their existing call center in the Borla park of Interstate 26 in South JC (Actually in Carter County) but more importantly, they are relocating their corporate offices to downtown JC. A previous report said this will mean 25 jobs paying $125,000+ with some support staff at lesser salaries. It is also another feather in the cap of downtown to be able to land a corporate tenant. It adds another measure of legitimacy to the ongoing revitalization and is a step towards the live/work/play environment downtown should strive for.
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Old 10-15-2015, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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What are the ramifications for the coal operations still in business in Eastern KY and SW VA?
I can't imagine there is much steam left in them. Alpha Natural filed for bankruptcy not long ago. Massey was bought by ANR years ago after the mine explosion in WV and they were having financial problems as well.

The thing is coal has been contracting for years now. The cheap, easy to get coal is long gone. The coal that remains is harder to get to and more expensive. Coal has become increasingly automated and you need fewer workers now to achieve the same productivity. Much of the coal that is left is mined out west. Obama has hurt it, definitely, but there were many, many problems long before he came in office.
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Old 10-15-2015, 03:30 PM
 
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There is more to this than just the call center expansion. They are significantly expanding their existing call center in the Borla park of Interstate 26 in South JC (Actually in Carter County) but more importantly, they are relocating their corporate offices to downtown JC. A previous report said this will mean 25 jobs paying $125,000+ with some support staff at lesser salaries. It is also another feather in the cap of downtown to be able to land a corporate tenant. It adds another measure of legitimacy to the ongoing revitalization and is a step towards the live/work/play environment downtown should strive for.
25 jobs isn't a lot, but it does help Johnson City's credibility and reputation. Those people will probably stay in JC, and spend their money there. The area has a healthy, but small, upper class, and a lot of poor. It needs more of the middle income support/professional classes (think $50k-$75k) jobs.
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