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Farragut Business Alliance ‘valuable


From a Farragut Community Alliance perspective, I truly appreciate the phones calls and e-mails about the recent news in the paper about the Farragut Business Alliance.

To help with some of the brand confusion and future inquiries, neither I, nor the Farragut Community Alliance, are spearheading this effort. I have been in communications with Mr. David Purvis and conveyed to him that his initiative is a good idea and that I/we support it.

Although we originally went by the Farragut Business Alliance name for our grass-roots efforts back in 2001 and held some Web domains at that time, we settled for the name of Farragut Community Alliance. As a grass-roots effort, we continue to provide community roundtables, candidate forums, business consulting, and leadership programs and will continue to do so.

Since our original business-focused founders of our group honestly no longer do business/have establishments in Farragut, the FCA feels that Mr. Purvis is providing a very valuable public and business service to the community and we would like for other individuals and groups to support his initiative.

From a personal perspective and also from the perspective of being a former vice president and consultant to this region’s premier economic development agency and also a brand team member of developing the Innovation Valley brand, I strongly urge business and entrepreneurs in Farragut to get behind this group.

Our community historically has not provided the right culture, leadership, and business understanding to support corporate firms, business operators and entrepreneurs.

Although there has been some interest in recent years along with some feel good type of initiatives, the fact remains that our community has fallen behind with its peer communities across the state in welcoming businesses, working with them, and developing strategies, processes and partnerships for long-term mutual private and public sector success.

I believe Mr. Purvis is on the right track and plan to attend his meetings when I am in town. For more information about his initiative, please contact Mr. Purvis through his e-mail at

Bill Johns, MBA, MPA



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