Roe Congratulates the Higher Education Initiative
Kingsport announced winner of the 2009 Innovations in
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Congressman Phil Roe, M.D. (TN-1) made the following statement congratulating Higher Education Initiative by the City of Kingsport for winning the 2009 Innovations in American Government Awards by The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University:
"Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and congratulate the Higher Education Initiative by the City of Kingsport. The Higher Education Initiative worked to revitalize the economy in Kingsport by improving the overall education level of its labor force.
"I am not the only one praising Kingsport for their initiative. Kingsport has been awarded the 2009 Innovations in American Government Awards by The Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University for its higher education initiatives.
"To win this prestigious award, Kingsport had to compete against 600 other federal, state and local governments.
"The Kingsport Center for Higher Education consists of five institutions: Carson-Newman College, King College, Lincoln Memorial University, Northeast State Community College, and the University of Tennessee. This unique partnership allows the Center to offer courses and programs ranging from associate to doctoral degrees.
"Just recently, I moved my district congressional office to this impressive facility. As a member of the Education and Labor Committee, I support this great initiative and I thank Kingsport for their dedication to their local economy and their commitment to education.
"Since Kingsport has taken the initiative towards promoting higher education nearly a decade ago, there has been a 23 percent increase in high school graduates, a 27.5 percent increase in those with Associate Degrees and a 19.2 increase in those with Bachelor’s Degrees.
"Education adds value and improves quality of life. I commend the city of Kingsport for their hard work and dedication that has truly made the city a better place."