VA/TN Town Hall Meeting in the News

BRISTOL, Tenn. – The state of local manufacturing was the focus of a town hall meeting at Bristol Motor Speedway Thursday afternoon. Industry and government leaders from both Tennessee and Virginia weighed in to help shape the future.

President and CEO of the Virginia Manufacturers Association Brett Vassey said the area’s strengths are its location between the North and Southeast, and access to reliable public resources.

“Affordable reliable power, water, sewer, all that infrastructure, roads bridges, all of it,” Vassey said, “and then you even get into broadband.

The challenge is building a skilled workforce. The VMA wants to engage community colleges and technical high schools to provide more pathways to industry credential training.

“You need all the faculties of a traditional higher education, but you also need the skills that used to be traditionally exclusive to blue collar,” Vassey said. “That doesn’t exist anymore. They’re blended.”  Read more and watch online >>