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IMPORTANT INFORMATION: TriPride Parade & Festival

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Sept. 13, 2018

For immediate release

CONTACT:    Karl Turner, chief

Johnson City Police Department

423-434-6149

 

City announces traffic, security plans for Saturday event

In preparation for Saturday’s TriPride Festival and parade, the City of Johnson City notifies citizens of the following:

  • On Saturday, the Johnson City Farmers Market will move to the corner of Legion Street and State of Franklin Road.
  • A portion of downtown streets will close at noon Friday in preparation for Saturday’s parade, which begins at noon. Streets will open at the conclusion of the festival.
  • Parade spectators and festival goers will be required to enter through security access points. A list of prohibited items is attached.
  • Access to businesses along the parade route will be maintained but patrons may be required to pass through access points.
  • An area will be designated for demonstrators.

“Our priority is public safety, and we believe these measures will ensure that,” said Johnson City Police Chief Karl Turner. “As with all large events, we ask the public to partner with us in keeping our community safe. If they see anything out of the ordinary, we ask that they call 911 immediately.”

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This message was posted on TriPride Organization’s website on Sept. 13 regarding what items festival attendees may and may NOT bring into the festival for security reasons. Please read carefully. Thank you.

A note about event security and restrictions…

We are committed to the safety of everyone. Our local emergency responders have been great partners and allies, and we appreciate everything they are doing to ensure a successful and safe event. A Pride event of this magnitude is new to us, to you, our community, and to those securing us. Our parade and festival are not just a handful of people hanging out in the park. 70+ vendors and over 600 parade participants including floats and cars and walkers… not to mention all of your beautiful faces…this is a big thing. So we’ve looked to events of similar magnitude for guidance. Our updated security measures are consistent with most large community or sporting events nationwide.

We understand any restriction is an inconvenience. We get it. We also understand ensuring a safe, fun, amazing experience is a top priority. It’s our commitment to you.

All officers have been instructed to use common sense and to make case by case exceptions. We ask that you be patient with them and us. We will do everything possible to accommodate everyone while ensuring safety. If you have a question or concern or need when you get there, just find a yellow shirt volunteer and a board member will work with you and security.

Here are the revised measures for general attendees. They are intended to be more accommodating:

  • All items are subject to search.
  • Small bags such as fanny packs, purses or clutches are allowed.
  • Large bags and backpacks will not be allowed. Please have transparent bags/backpacks if you have big things in tow. The JCPD will generously be providing clear bags with handles for anybody as needed.
  • Diaper bags and bags for children’s needs are allowed.
  • Medical supplies will be allowed.
  • Pre-packaged snacks such as protein bars, trail mix, and cookies will be permitted in a clear plastic bag. Snacks for toddlers, including milk, are permitted.
  • Homemade meals will not be allowed.
  • Outside beverages are not permitted. TriPride, along with many exhibitors, will be giving out free water to any who want it. We will not run out of water.
  • We encourage festival attendees to bring a blanket to sit on. Folding chairs are also allowed.
  • Call us crazy optimists, but we are expecting blue skies. But umbrellas are prohibited. In the event of rain, we will be under the Farmers Market Pavilion. And besides, you can’t have a rainbow without some water.
  • Objects that can be used as weapons will not be permitted in the event.
  • Decorative masks are prohibited (medical ones are allowed), but if you want to do some rainbow face painting, awesome!
  • Only service animals are allowed.

Note: exhibitors and parade contingencies will be contacted via email with further guidance, but these measures should not impact what you need to do to participate, as you will have your passes.

We want you to feel comfortable and relaxed and have a great time. Countless hours have gone into making this real. We appreciate all of you for being patient and understanding with us in our first year. We’re committed to you.

In Pride.

GROWN & GATHERED

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The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their 3rd annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

Grown & Gathered will take place on Sunday, September 30. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and passed appetizers and the family style served dinner in the Pavilion at Founders Park.

Grown & Gathered is a seasonal feast prepared by Jamie Dove and Elise Clair and their team from The Main Street Pizza Company and River Creek Catering. The dinner will feature the bounty from 30 local farms and producers. each year, this team provides a bounty of delicious items and this year will be the same. The menu will be released on September 14.

Tickets for the farm-to-table dinner will be $90 per person. Last year was a sell out, so we recommend getting tickets early. Advance ticket sales for past attendees will be available September 7, with open sales beginning Monday, September 10 at 9 am. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the JCDA office, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406 (4th floor of the King Building).

To purchase tickets online: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/grown-gathered-a-farm-to-table-experience-tickets-49992275241?aff=ehomecard

Co.Starters to Begin June 18 – August 13

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Johnson City Development Authority Offers CO.STARTERS – Beginning June 18 – August 13 (9 Consecutive Mondays)

The Johnson City Development Authority is partnering with AccelNow, to offer CO.STARTERS, a nine-week cohort based program that equips aspiring entrepreneurs with the insights, relationships, and tools needed to turn ideas into action, and turn a passion into a sustainable and thriving endeavor. The program is for aspiring entrepreneurs or seasoned entrepreneurs looking to launch a new product or service. The only prerequisites are:

  1. having an idea you’re ready, willing, and excited to share and pursue and
  2. a willingness to study, shape and fine-tune that idea in a supportive, collaborative, and welcoming environment.

Participants of the CO.STARTERS program work with a small and supportive group of like-minded people who are all trying to start their own businesses. Working together, participants identify their assumptions about why and how their respective businesses will succeed, and talk with customers to validate their ideas. The process enables the entrepreneurs to rapidly uncover issues in their proposed businesses, find practical solutions quickly, and leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to launch a successful business.

The next session begins June 18.

Dates: June 18 – August 13 (9 consecutive Mondays)

Time: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Location: NETREP office in downtown Johnson City – at 300 E. Main Street, 4th floor

Cost: Registration is $90/person and includes a CO.STARTERS workbook.

Registration Deadline: Thursday, June 14

Following the class, participants can compete in a pitch night, to share what they have learned about themselves and their business with friends and family. They will be prepared to participate in Pitches and Pints, a regional pitch contest for entrepreneurs.

For more information,  email Cantler@NortheastTN.com

Space is limited. To register, fill out this form: CO.STARTER REGISTRATION 2018 (1) updated

About CO.STARTERS
CO.STARTERS came out of The Company Lab, a Chattanooga, Tennessee organization that offers programs and events to support local startups and innovators in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. The program takes the lessons learned from working with thousands of local, creative entrepreneurs and combines that knowledge with the lean business modeling methods used by high-growth startups. The CO.STARTERS model has been tested for years in Chattanooga, Cincinnati, and Detroit. 
www.costarters.co

Downtown Strong Start Up Shop

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Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program:

 

The goal of the Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program is to create vibrancy and ensure a healthy business diversity in Downtown Johnson City by supporting new business concepts. Through the generosity of the City of Johnson City, the financial support of the Tennessee Economic & Community Development Council, Johnson City Development Authority and the leadership of the Economic Vitality Committee an underutilized storefront in the heart of downtown has been refurbished and is being offered at a reduced market rate to new small business owners.   In addition to a reduced rate, the future participant in the program will receive close business mentorship and coaching to help encourage business success.  By supporting and investing in local entrepreneurs the Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program intends to develop local and regional talent to strengthen our downtown community and promote a healthy, vibrant, and diverse business environment.

 

The following are the important dates for program:

  • Friday, February 23, 2018: Application to the program is available to the public.  Look for it and all the program details at: http://downtownjc.com/
  • Thursday, March 29, 2018:    Application, Statement of Understanding & Agreement, and Business Plan are due.
  • Thursday, April 4, 2018: Top three applicants will be notified.
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 5-7pm.  The top three applicants will pitch their business to a panel of community judges
  • Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 7:30pm: A reception will take place at the Downtown Strong Start Up Space to announce the business awardee
  • Opening in June: The first business participant in the Downtown Strong Start Up Space Program is open for business.

For application and more details, go here.

Light the Stars!

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We did it! The funds were raised to save our Landmark Sign and it is quickly becoming the iconic image we hoped for Johnson City. Now, before the new King Commons opens officially, we have the opportunity to Light the Stars. Each star costs $2,000 or you can give a smaller amount towards the project. We have a goal to raise $12,000 in the next few weeks, will you help?

To make a donation online using a credit or debit card, follow this link. This service charges us a 3% fee, so if you send a check, your entire amount goes directly to the campaign.

Mail your check to Downtown Johnson City Foundation, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, Johnson City, TN 37601 or call 423-202-3510. Donations to the Foundation can be deducted as a gift, since we are a 501c(3) organization.

Any donation over $500 received by December 31, will be listed as a donor on the art that will be installed in King Commons.

Downtown in December

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Friday, December 1 – Christmas Tree Lighting

The annual, Christmas Tree Lighting will take place at 7:00 pm at the plaza on Buffalo Street in Downtown Johnson City. Join us for music and holiday cheer as we revive a tradition for Johnson City. The Indian Trail Chorus will sing familiar holiday songs. Santa will lead us in the tree lighting ceremony.

Saturday, December 2 – Johnson City Christmas Parade

This year’s Johnson City Christmas Parade theme is “It’s a Storybook Christmas”. The parade begins at 11:30 am. It will travel down W. Walnut Street, to Buffalo Street, turns right on Main Street, to Colonial Way, left on State of Franklin and ends at Legion Street. For parade registration and more information about the parade, visit jcchristmasparade.org.

Saturday, December 2 – Whoville Village

Following the parade, we’d like to invite you to visit Whoville Village. Community organizations will be providing kids activities from 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm in the Pavilion at Founders Park. A DJ dance party, storytelling, crafts, games and much more! Bring your camera to take the kids picture with the Grinch and our other famous storybook friends. Make sure you visit the food trucks at Whoville Village or one of the wonderful local restaurants in downtown on Saturday. The event is free and open to the public.

 December 1, 2, 3- Holiday Splash: Fine Art & Craft Holiday Market

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be fine art and craft items made by local and regional artisans for sale at the Hands On! Museum Ballroom. On Friday the market is open from 12:00-8:30 pm, on Saturday the market is open from 10:00 am- 6:00 pm, and on Sunday the market is open from 12:00- 5:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Stop by and do some Christmas shopping!

 

For more information on the Downtown in December events, visit the Facebook Events page.

Grown & Gathered

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The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

The Downtown Johnson City Foundation is fusing farm, fresh food with a good cause for their 3rd annual farm-to-table experience. The intimate dinner, Grown & Gathered, will benefit Downtown Johnson City Foundation’s efforts towards downtown improvements.

Grown & Gathered will take place on Sunday, September 30. The dinner will begin at 5:30 p.m. with cocktails and passed appetizers and the family style served dinner in the Pavilion at Founders Park.

Grown & Gathered is a seasonal feast prepared by Jamie Dove and Elise Clair and their team from The Main Street Pizza Company and River Creek Catering. The dinner will feature the bounty from 30 local farms and producers. each year, this team provides a bounty of delicious items and this year will be the same. The menu will be released on September 14.

Tickets for the farm-to-table dinner will be $90 per person. Last year was a sell out, so we recommend getting tickets early. Advance ticket sales for past attendees will be available September 7, with open sales beginning Monday, September 10 at 9 am. Tickets can be purchased through Eventbrite or at the JCDA office, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406 (4th floor of the King Building).

CO.STARTERS to begin June 19

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The Johnson City Development Authority is partnering with AccelNow to offer CO.STARTERS, a nationally renowned program that helps entrepreneurs turn an idea into a new business in just nine weeks. The first CO.STARTERS session begins June 19, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the WCEDC office at 300 E. Main Street, 4th floor.

 

Participants of the CO.STARTERS program work with a small and supportive group of like-minded people who are all trying to start their own businesses. Working together, participants identify their assumptions about why and how their respective businesses will succeed and talk with customers to validate their ideas. The process enables the entrepreneurs to rapidly uncover issues in their proposed businesses, find practical solutions quickly, and leave the program with a deeper understanding of how to launch a success business.

 

Following the class, participants can compete in a pitch night, to share what they have learned about themselves and their business with friends and family. They will be prepared to participate in Pitches and Pints, a regional pitch contest for entrepreneurs.

 

If you are interested in participating, you can complete a registration form, found at downtownJC.com. Registration is $90 and includes a CO.STARTERS workbook. Following CO.STARTERS completion, any business interested in opening a retail storefront in downtown Johnson City, will have the opportunity to apply for a $5000 grant from the JCDA.

For more on CO.STARTERS, visit http://colab.co/programs/costarters

CO.STARTERS REGISTERATION 

Space is limited.

About CO.STARTERS
CO.STARTERS came out of The Company Lab, a Chattanooga, Tennessee organization that offers programs and events to support local startups and innovators in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. The program takes the lessons learned from working with thousands of local, creative entrepreneurs and combines that knowledge with the lean business modeling methods used by high-growth startups. The CO.STARTERS model has been tested for years in Chattanooga, Cincinnati, and Detroit. 
www.costarters.co

DINE JC IN DOWNTOWN JOHNSON CITY

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dineJCRestaurants in the downtown district have come together to offer a night to savor. dineJC is an event where local restaurants will offer samples of their newest creations and their beloved recipes. On May 23 at 6 pm at the Gallery, guests can sample the many tastes Downtown Johnson City has to offer.

Participating restaurants will feature special menu items, chef’s specials, and new this year, the restaurants are bringing their best bartender with a signature cocktail. Diners can sample our newest restaurants, dine at old favorites and taste a variety of exceptional dishes being prepared by chefs and the best bartenders in town.

Restaurants participating in dineJC include: Cake Buds, Holy Taco, The Label, Main Street Pizza Company, Southern Craft, Sharp’s Deli, Tipton Street Pub, Wellingtons, Wild Wing Café, and White Duck Taco Shop. Also YeeHaw and JRH Breweries will be pouring. More to be announced.

The event is ticketed entry and costs $25 in advance or $30 at the door.  The proceeds go to fund the Achieving Landmark Status project to revitalize the sign on Commerce Street and make Johnson City impossible to ignore.  What used to be an old treasure, the 60-foot-tall structure that began in 1959 as Thomas Laguardia Jr.’s Giant Food sign, is becoming Johnson City’s newest landmark. At dineJC, people have an opportunity to eat local, drink local, and fund-raise for a local campaign.  It’s the locals’ night.

Dine JC is sponsored by the Johnson City Development Authority and Ameriprise Financial, The Torbett Group.

Tickets are available online on Eventbrite, and at the Washington County Economic Development Council, 300 E. Main Street, Suite 406, in downtown Johnson City from 9 am – 4 pm. For more information go to DowntownJC.com or call 423-202-3510.

https://www.eventbrite.com/d/tn–johnson-city/dinejc/?crt=regular&sort=best

Great Day of Yoga

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Tri-cities largest yoga event set to take place Mother’s Day weekend

The largest yoga event in the Tri-Cities will be held on May 13, from 3pm-5pm on the Great Lawn at Founders Park.  This event will consist of two 45-minute yoga classes to be instructed by area yoga instructors on a large stage in the park. Participants will pay $5 upon entry and receive a raffle ticket for giveaways to be announced after the yoga sessions. Participants should bring their own yoga mat or towel.

The Great Day
of Yoga is being organized by the Johnson City Downtown Foundation, Downtown Yoga Studio and sponsored by Ameriprise.  Yoga Studios from each of the Tri-Cities will be providing instruction. Studios participating include Downtown Yoga Center, Bristol Yoga, Real Hot Yoga, River and Stone Yoga, Vida Hot Yoga, and Wellness Yoga of Bristol. The event will kick off the weekly Barefoot in the Park yoga classes that will continue through the summer.

“We are excited to bring the entire region together for a wonderful day of yoga outdoors in the beautiful Founders Park”, said Kim Blaine, from Downtown Yoga, who has helped organize the event. “It will be so fun to have hundreds, maybe thousands, all enjoying yoga together.”

“This is the first time we’ve ever seen all these local yoga studios coming together for an event with a cause.  We hope, since it is the day before Mother’s Day, that sons or daughters will bring their moms and share this activity together”, says Blaine.

Vendors will be at the event with yoga supplies and health and wellness information. Rain date will be the following Saturday, May 20.

For more information, call 202.3510.