KNOXVILLE, Tenn., Dec. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — An empty 334,000-square-foot building and an eager workforce explain only in part why Vermont-based Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc. (Nasdaq: GMCR) chose the Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley of Tennessee for a major expansion site that eventually will employ 300 workers.”The central location makes us more efficient, reduces our transportation and distribution costs and shortens delivery lead times of our products,” according to Jon Wettstein, Green Mountain’s vice president for supply chain operations.But he says a well-coordinated economic development community also helped seal the deal.The Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley economic development partnership between the Blount County Chamber of Commerce, Knoxville Chamber, Loudon County Economic Development Agency, Oak Ridge Economic Partnership, the Roane Alliance, and Tellico Reservoir Development Agency, Wettstein says, “provided an incredibly efficient process.”Quality of life considerations also played a major part in attracting the socially-conscious coffee roasting and distributing company. Knoxville has fared well in recent polls by Forbes, Inc. and Site Selection magazines.”The skilled workforce, the prospects for continuous learning, the opportunities for us to partner with the community, the quality of life for employees and the physical beauty of the area all were important factors in our decision to locate here,” Wettstein said.For their part, Innovation Valley officials welcome Green Mountain’s progressive business model. RO Magazine, Forbes and SustainableBusiness.com have recognized Green Mountain as a good corporate citizen and an innovative, high-growth company.”We think they’ll be trendsetters in corporate and social responsibility – both locally and internationally,” said Doug Lawyer, director of economic development for the Knoxville Chamber.Because nearly 100 million people work in the coffee industry worldwide – many of them in developing countries – Green Mountain has ample opportunity “to distribute value more equitably through the supply chain and support sustainability in coffee-growing communities,” said Mike Dupee, the company’s vice president of corporate social responsibility.Dupee said Green Mountain also places a high premium on human capital at home, has aggressive plans to reduce waste and minimize energy use, and continues to increase the percentage of its fair trade products.”In the workplace, a chain reaction occurs when employees are safe, have the opportunity to learn and grow, and have meaningful work: ideas and innovation flow among coworkers, customers are happier with our products, profits grow, and then we have more human and financial capital to invest in sustainable business practices,” he said.SOURCE Innovation Valley Inc.
Donald Trump has made his first public appearance since election night, speaking to media at the White House. The president took no questions from journalists after making a number of serious allegations on voter fraud and “illegal votes”. He did not provide any evidence to back up the claims.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Mr Trump said “if you count the legal votes I easily win. If you count the illegal votes they can try to steal the election from us,” adding that there had been “historic election interference from big media, big money, big tech.” There is no evidence to support either of these claims.It is not “illegal votes” that are now being counted, as the president says, but legitimate mail-in ballots, which are always counted last, following the standard procedure in these states.
Source = Niue Tourism The efforts of the Niue Tourism team paid off at the Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange (BFTE) last week where they were awarded ‘Best Booth’ of the event.Rather than enjoying relaxing time in the sun on their first free day in Fiji, the Niue Tourism team including Hayden Porter, Vanessa Marsh, BJ Rex and Susie Williams dedicated the day to collecting materials to decorate their booth.The team scoured the streets of Nadi for rocks, fernery and a picnic table and Vanessa even spent the evening hand weaving a traditional Niuean mat.The result was a booth that replicated one of the island’s most popular locations – Limu Pools. To complete the illusion, the walls and floor of the booth were plastered with a panoramic photographic image of Limu.Susie says, “The booth looked fantastic and I felt honored to be there representing not just Niue Tourism, but also the people of Niue whom I am sure would have been beaming with Pacific pride.”Susie commented that there was a “real buzz” around the Niue booth, both in terms of its design and about the destination. “We noticed a marked interest and knowledge from buyers about Niue compared to last year, particularly from leading Australian wholesalers as well as representatives from the UK and USA,” says Susie.“We also had a lot more formal requests for appointments than we did last year.”The team’s efforts were rewarded on the final day when they were announced as winners of ‘Best Booth’ and awarded the prize of a free booth space at next year’s BFTE. Niue Tourism Development Manager Hayden Porter says that they intend to use the free booth as additional space at the event to help create double the impact. Niue tourism team at Niue booth