Washington and Sullivan County Commissioners came together for their first joint work session in history to highlight the need for regional cooperation on economic development.
Sullivan County Mayor Richard Venable and Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy spearheaded the event Thursday evening.
Early in the meeting, District One Rep. Phil Roe read a joint proclamation drafted by the two mayors that honored this new partnership by declaring October 18 “Regional Cooperation Day.”
Roe emphasized the need for Northeast Tennessee counties to begin working together to develop a skilled workforce that will attract new businesses.
The group also discussed the importance of keeping talented students in Tennessee.
The mayors said the meeting Thursday was only the first step towards this new future. They said its main purpose was to open up lines of communication between local government and business leaders.