By Max Hrenda
Local economic development and government officials were celebrating the opening of the Festiva Hospitality Group’s new call center – along with the possibility of 100 new jobs – in western Carter County on Tuesday morning.
Located in a section of the Borla facility on Borla Drive in Johnson City, the center was heralded by some as a positive example of a cooperative effort between private and government agencies.
Tom Anderson, president of Carter County Tomorrow, the county’s economic development task force, said the $1.1 million call center is the result of many people from many offices working together.
“Through collaborative efforts and multi-jurisdictional cooperation, Mitch Miller of Washington County Economic Development Council, Alicia Summers with the state of Tennessee, and Carter County Tomorrow have worked together for a common solution for job creation,” Anderson said.
Mitch Miller, executive vice president for the Washington County Economic Development Council, echoed Anderson’s sentiments, while pointing out some of the more practical benefits of the call center.
“A company with growth potential is bringing jobs to the area,” Miller said. “They’ve settled in a facility, Borla, that could become a hub for data centers and light manufacturing.”