By Nathan Baker | Johnson City Press | Full Article

EXCERPT – After unanimously voting to keep the current officers in place, the board heard from Chris Marshall, campaign director with Convergent, the firm hired to help the council raise money for and organize the formation of the regional partnership.

Convergent and its fundraisers will begin soliciting platinum-level donations, the highest and most expensive level, likely next week, Marshall said.

The tri-county group hopes to raise $5.5 million to help support the partnership’s first five years of operation.