Economic Development

The city's Industrial Development Board has authority to authorize industrial development bonds under state and federal statute and has other enumerated powers. The Bristol Tennessee City Council appoints 7 members for the Industrial Development Board, which handles the Economic Development Strategy and the Economic Development Incentive Program (PDF).

NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership
The City of Bristol Tennessee participates in a county-wide economic development partnership called NETWORKS Sullivan Partnership. This partnership consists of 4 governmental entities - Sullivan County, Kingsport, Bristol and Bluff City. Each has a share in the costs and proceeds of the NETWORKS organization and joint enterprises, such as development of industrial parks. There are currently 3 industrial parks, called Partnership Parks, owned by NETWORKS. Because of this partnership, Sullivan County qualifies as a Level 3 "Three-Star" community in the State of Tennessee.
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Ben Talking

L.C. King Manufacturing Spotlighted During
National Manufacturing Day


L.C. King Manufacturing Company was spotlighted during the Annual manufacturing Day, a national event with 1500 companies across the country being spotlighted. Tennessee's events are sponsored by the University of Tennessee's Center for Industrial Services. 

Mayor Lea Powers stated, "The L.C.King Manufacturing Company has been an integral part of the Bristol community for over a century. The King family has demonstrated that with hard work, dedication and determination a small family operated business can be a player in today's global manufacturing environment."

L.C. King Manufacturing Company has been producing Pointer Brand overalls, jeans, jackets, and many other apparel items (and brands) for more than 100 years in Bristol, TN. Their products are manufactured using legacy processes; and each item has the pride of the L.C. King Staff built-in. 

"Very few cities can boast that they are home to the oldest continuously operation cut and sew company that is still in the founding family's ownership in the United States. we are proud of their recognition and grateful for their contribution to the city," said Shari Brown, Director of Economic and Community Development for the City of Bristol, Tennessee. 

Jack King, CEO and Owner, L.C. King Manufacturing Company says, "We are proud to be in Tennessee to represent manufacturing in the state. We recognize how important it is to create and sustain jobs in this sector. The garment industry is not gone from the South and we will keep doing everything we can to make it stronger."