BLOUNTVILLE, Tenn. — Beginning next month, a segment highlighting the efforts to grow an aerospace industry workforce and jobs in Northeast Tennessee will be aired on national TV.
Networks-Sullivan Partnership CEO Clay Walker shared the news at the organization’s board of directors meeting Tuesday. The award-winning program called “Success,” which is hosted by Rob Lowe, spotlights “new stories and innovative concepts” through educational documentaries, according to the PTV Series website, the parent company that films and produces it.
Walker showed the four-minute segment, which touts officials’ efforts to prep Tri-Cities Airport’s Aerospace Park and build an aviation and aerospace workforce to attract companies to locate in the 160-acre park, which is adjacent to the airport. Officials say it will be a “build-ready” development designed to attract aviation-related industries and high-paying jobs. It’s been in the works since 2013, and construction is slated for completion by the end of 2020.
During the segment, Walker, former airport Executive Director Patrick Wilson and Northeast State Community College’s Aviation Department Head/Instructor Richard Blevins talk about the importance of educating the workforce and prepping the park for companies. It also includes details about the park and the college’s programs with footage of the site and students working with Blevins on projects. A crew filmed in May 2018 at the airport, park and the college.
The segment will air on Fox Business Networks for three to five months. Walker said he hopes other major networks will also pick it up.
Networks paid around $20,000 in production costs for the segment, according to Walker. He said Networks is allowed to use the segment on its website and at trade show booths and other events, but without Rob Lowe’s introduction and conclusion due to an agreement barring his image from being used outside of the PTV Series’ website and on TV.