• Kingsport Chamber to host Mack Riddle American Legion 66th Annual Independence Day Parade

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    June 24, 2019
    Kingsport Chamber

    Friday, June 21, 2019
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                         
    Vanessa Bennett
    Executive Director of Operations & Leadership Programs
    Kingsport Chamber
    Office: (423) 392-8813
    Kingsport Chamber to host Mack Riddle American Legion 66th Annual Independence Day Parade
    Sponsored by Creekside Behavioral Health
    KINGSPORT, Tenn. – The Kingsport Chamber will host the Mack Riddle American Legion 66th Annual Independence Day Parade on Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m.
    The parade is presented by Creekside Behavioral Health.
    “The Mack Riddle American Legion Independence Day Parade is a great tradition and important event for this community,” Kingsport Chamber President & CEO Miles Burdine said. “It is great to see the way our community joins together as we celebrate our freedom and honor those who serve and sacrifice for our country.”
    The parade will start in front of the Kingsport Renaissance Center on Center Street and end in front of the Kingsport Veterans Memorial on Fort Henry Drive. 
    Any business or organization wishing to enter the parade should call the Kingsport Chamber by phone at 423-392-8800 or email vbennett@kingsportchamber.org for an application.
    Your Kingsport Chamber’s Kingsport Leadership program includes three leadership programs, Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership and the Y.E.L.L.! Mayor’s Youth Council.
    The mission of Leadership Kingsport, the adult leadership program, is to develop leaders who give life to community dreams.
    The mission of S.H.O.U.T!® (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow) is to develop, in an interactive environment, the leadership skills and community awareness of selected high school sophomores and juniors.
    Each program develops community individuals who desire to take an active leadership role in Kingsport.  Team-building and leadership training skills as well as the importance of community trusteeship are all strongly enforced during the year to the class participants.  Various community topics (Kingsport history; city, county and state government; economic development; workforce development; education; arts and culture; non-profits; healthcare; and community initiatives and projects; among others) are highlighted and promoted to each class throughout the year.
    In addition, Leadership Kingsport creates Community Impact Projects (CIPs) with each class.  CIPs are ideas and efforts that seek to improve the economic vitality and enhance the quality of life for the city. 
    The Y.E.L.L.! Mayor’s Youth Council is a group of teens that are selected as representatives who do outreach with their peers & community, youth advocacy work, and meet with city officials. The Mayor’s Youth Council will provide students the opportunity to develop leadership and citizenship skills while learning about city government. The Council is a chosen, diverse group of individuals that are ready to help make a difference. Representatives are sought from city schools, county schools and homeschooled students.
    For more information on the Kingsport Leadership Programs, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8813
    The Kingsport Chamber is composed of two non-profit organizations: the Kingsport Chamber Foundation (501(c)(3)) and Kingsport Chamber of Commerce (501(c)(6)). 
    The Kingsport Chamber Foundation manages, promotes, supports and assists a number of charitable, educational, environmental, leadership, quality of life and wellness programs that have a tremendous impact on the Kingsport community.
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber Foundation include:  Communications & Development; Downtown Concert Series; Education & Workforce Development; Fun Fest; Healthy Kingsport; Keep Kingsport Beautiful; Kingsport Leadership Programs (Leadership Kingsport and S.H.O.U.T.!® Youth Leadership); Kingsport Office of Small Business Development & Entrepreneurship (KOSBE); Move to Kingsport; Santa Train; STREAMWORKS; Tennessee/Virginia Scholars; and Visit Kingsport.
    The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce’s mission is to utilize resources and focus efforts on enhancing a strong and viable business environment for the Kingsport area. 
    Programs of the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce include:  Communications & Development; Government Relations; and Membership.  The Kingsport Chamber of Commerce has nearly 1,000 members.
    For more information on the Kingsport Chamber, go to KingsportChamber.org or call (423) 392-8800.  We’re social too; follow us on our Facebook page, Your Kingsport Chamber, and on our Twitter account, @kptchamber.