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Regionalism: Politics, taxes and high school football

Kingsport Times News • Jul 31, 2018 at 2:41 PM

Politics, taxes and a perceived loss of identity. These are some of the biggest barriers to regionalism.

Listen to what these business and government leaders have to say about what could stall or stop the effort.

“The barriers are strictly political and trust.” — Former Kingsport Mayor Dennis Phillips.

“Egos, politics. Complexities, desire to have our turn to do well on our own.” — Margaret Feierabend, Bristol, Tenn., mayor.

"All leaders do not truly believe in the benefit of a regional approach.” — John Campbell.

“Local institutional structures are designed to support local, rather than regional, objectives.” — Jon Smith, Tri-Cities Airport Authority chairman and East Tennessee State University director of the Bureau of Business & Economics Research.

“Every community is naturally interested in protecting and growing what they have.” — Lottie Ryans, First Tennessee Development District director of Workforce and Literacy Initiatives.

More about the barriers from the Kingsport Times News.

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