Blount Partnership VIP Program Enhances Key Business Connections – and Community Friendships

March 18, 2015by Kevin Painter0

kevin-painterThere’s nothing quite like being part of a local, close-knit business community. (

Hoy, our team and I were all reminded of this fact recently at the Blount Partnership’s 95th Anniversary Celebration gala – which brought together members and friends of the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Board and Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority to enjoy the fellowship of our collective work that makes Blount County strong.

As last year’s chair of the Blount Partnership’s VIP Program (Volunteers in Progress), I’ve been a firm believer in this “Power Chamber” cadre within the Partnership who help in a concerted way to make amazing things happen economically for our community. The VIP Program ( serves as a gathering place for businesses that make the extra investment to support our Economic Development Board – which focuses on attracting solid jobs and quality-of-life economic growth to this area.

We enjoy being part of this group for many reasons. There’s great satisfaction in the work that’s undertaken, powered in large part by VIPs. But truthfully, many of these ladies and gentlemen are some of my closest friends . . . not just in business but in life – and that’s what makes it a pleasure to show up!

You can find out more about the Blount Partnership and the VIP Program by calling Tammi Ford, (865) 983-2241 or e-mail: I would love to have the chance to welcome you personally and introduce you around to this group, so drop me a line as well if you plan on attending a future event (

Kevin Painter

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