Mayor John Clark made a campaign promise that if elected, he would organize and present a community planning session that mirrored a successful summit started in 1990 titled Vision 2017. This original summit served as the marker for several of Kingsport’s most successful ventures including MeadowView Convention Center, The Kingsport Academic Village, improvements to the Kingsport Greenbelt, the Kingsport Veteran’s Memorial and the Scott Adams Memorial Park among many other initiatives. A complete list of those goals and accomplishments can be found here from it’s original concepts from Kingsport Tomorrow.
OneKingsport is a modern reinterpretation of the city’s vision for the future and builds off the recent success to chart a future that seeks to build a Kingsport that is “The premier place to live, work, raise a family, and for businesses to grow and prosper.”
The event began Thursday, October 28th with keynote speaker Dominque so and so with Northstar Ideas. His introductory conversation helped to frame the conference with a crash-course in Branding 101.
Later in the afternoon, several passionate community leaders spoke in TED-like conversations that included Roger Mowen from Healthy Kingsport, Dave Clark a local entrepreneur, Downtown Kingsport developer John Vachon and others.
Dave Clark ended the day with a rousing and passionate delivery to encourage Kingsport to think on their own and stop comparing themselves to other cities. His charge, although the last of the day, helped set the tone for the final day of the conference on Friday.