Welcome to the City of Kingsport!
Welcome to the City of Kingsport’s new web site! We are excited about
the future, and pleased to offer a quick, easy way to discover your
City government and continuing efforts to promote responsible growth.
At City Hall, we strive daily to provide the best possible services at
the lowest possible cost. Professionalism and efficiency are hallmarks
of your local government, with Kingsport one of the few cities in
Tennessee with nationally accredited Fire and Police Departments, and a
fully accredited K-12 school system.
We also seek out the latest technology to increase productivity, with
recent innovations resulting in the deployment of Global Positioning
equipment to streamline garbage and trash collection; moving to
paperless reporting in the Police and Fire Departments; and securing
automated garbage trucks and an automated pothole patching machine,
both providing a better finished product, while promoting employee
safety and using fewer employee hours.
Kingsport is located amidst the lush, green mountains of Northeast
Tennessee. Blessed with four distinct seasons to enjoy, numerous
recreational, educational and business opportunities abound in our
region, nurtured by two major interstates and easy access to the entire
eastern United States.
The northern terminus of the Bays Mountain Range overlooks the very heart of the City, while Kingsport's Crown Jewel, Bays Mountain Park,
the largest municipal park in the state of Tennessee, highlights the
community’s ongoing commitment to preservation, enjoyment of the great
outdoors and an active, fit lifestyle.
Built by William King in the early 1800s, the Netherland Inn served as
the nucleus of the first major settlement, echoing the transportation
nexus of modern Kingsport by serving as both a boatyard and stage coach
stop. Incorporated in 1822, the city lost its charter shortly after the
Civil War, as did many other Tennessee cities.
In 1917, the modern City of Kingsport was incorporated, and quickly
became a leading center of industry. Reborn in the early 1900s and
deemed the Model City, Kingsport was the first city in Tennessee to
employ administrative professionals under a council-manager form of
government, and one of the first planned cities in the United States.
Our proud heritage is found throughout the City in the form of its John
Nolan designed street network with such notable features as Nolan
Square and Church Circle. Today, we harbor a strong and continuing
commitment to sound land use practices, smart growth, volunteerism,
citizen participation and energy efficiency.
Today, Kingsport is home to two Malcolm Baldrige Quality Award Winners,
Eastman Chemical and Pal’s Sudden Service, while Kingsport is also
pleased to host other major industries as well, including Domtar and
AGC Flat Glass, Inc.
Please visit our Development Services webpage for
assistance from the planning and building departments as well
as information on commmercial/retail and residential development; click
on the NETWORKS Sullivan County Partnership to learn more about available properties, buildings and business prospects; visit the Kingsport Chamber of Commerce for more on leadership development and civic participation opportunities; check out the KOSBE and Holston Business Development Center websites for small business start-up assistance; and don't forget to stop by the Kingsport Visitors and Convention Bureau webspace to learn more about upcoming sporting events and tourism development; while Move To Kingsport can help provide relocation assistance for you, your family or your business.
From Pioneer heritage to modern industrial center, outstanding public
schools to the Kingsport Symphony Orchestra, Public Art to
volunteerism, Higher Education to public/private partnerships aimed at
creating new business opportunities, riverfront trails and parks to the
rugged beauty of Bays Mountain trails -- Kingsport is a dynamic and
growing community. I welcome you and invite you to join us in the
Best Place to Be, Kingsport, Tennessee !
John G. Campbell
- City Manager