TVC National Summit Returns To Oak Ridge Memorial Day Week

Energy, Advanced Manufacturing, Workforce And Entrepreneurism On Agenda

Monday, February 4, 2013

Third District Rep. Chuck Fleischmann has announced the Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit will be held the last week of May returning to the site of its inaugural meeting 18 years ago – Oak Ridge.  The exact dates are being determined based on the schedules of several anticipated national speakers, including U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor.

Senior decision-makers representing academia, government and industry from Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina will convene in the New Hope Center at Oak Ridge’s Y-12 National Security Complex for the two-day meeting. Rep. Fleischmann will serve as host and be joined by of members of the TVC congressional delegation.

“For almost two decades, the TVC Summits have convened people to focus on leveraging our region’s federal assets to generate private sector economic development. By working together our Valley has competed for and attracted important energy, research, space and national security missions that are important to our country.   We will bring top-notch speakers from Congress, the Administration, State and Local Government and the private sector to join us in Oak Ridge this May to continue these important discussions,” said Rep. Fleischmann.

Rep. Fleischmann indicated the focus areas of the 2013 Summit will include energy, advanced manufacturing, workforce development, innovation and entrepreneurism, and state and local elected representatives from throughout the region are expected to participate. 

With Oak Ridge, the home of Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration’s facilities, discussion topics will include:

  • the nation's new Uranium Processing Facility at the National Nuclear Security Administration's Y-12 site
  • the new federal contractor responsible for UPF and managing the Y-12 and Pantex, TX production plants;
  • advances at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in super-computing, advanced manufacturing, and materials research;
  • the Department of Energy’s  selection of Oak Ridge as the home of the nation’s first Small Modular Nuclear Reactor (SMR) project;
  • the latest developments with NASA’s Space Launch System Program, managed by Huntsville, AL’s Marshall Space Flight Center;
  • collaborative opportunities in Huntsville, Ala., Oak Ridge, Tenn. and other Corridor member partners to promote advance manufacturing programs.

Since the first Summit in Oak Ridge in 1995, the TVC has helped link the science and technology assets in the Tennessee Valley into a nationally recognized regional economic development effort.  The mission of the TVC is to sustain the region’s existing federal missions, to compete for new missions, and to leverage public/private relationships for high-quality job growth.

For more information about the Tennessee Valley Corridor, please visit www.TennValleyCorridor.org, and follow the Corridor at www.facebook.com/TennesseeValleyCorridor. For more information about the May Summit or to become a sponsor, please contact Jennifer Wiggins at jwiggins@akinscrisp.com.

 


Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events May 30-June 2

Thursday, June 1 Downtown Chamber Council Meeting 7:30  - 9 a.m. Bessie Smith Hall: 200 E M L King Blvd. Speaker: Jay Raynor, Defoor Brothers Topic: City Center Development Join the Downtown Council for networking and breakfast from 7:30 - 8 a.m., with the program lasting from 8 - 9 a.m.   $15   East Ridge Chamber Council Meeting 11:45 a.m. - ... (click for more)

Chambliss Law Honored In National Rankings By 2017 Chambers USA

Chambliss, Bahner and Stophel, P.C. has been recognized in the 2017 Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business report as a leading Tennessee firm in the areas of labor and employment, litigation: general commercial and real estate. In addition, two individual attorneys are recognized practitioners: Mark Cunningham for healthcare and Rick Hitchcock for environment.   ... (click for more)

Pool Chemical Leak Forces Evacuation Of Sports Barn North

Chattanooga firefighters responded to a reported haz-mat incident at the Sports Barn North on Hamil Road at  6:37  a.m. on Friday. Battalion Chief Carlos Hampton said an employee was working with some pool chemicals when some of the liquid leaked out of a container. The employee said he breathed in some of the vapors from the liquid and became ill. When the manager ... (click for more)

East Ridge Council Studying Restrictions On ATVs; City Forms Housing Re-Development Authority

The East Ridge City Council is studying an ordinance drafted by City Attorney Mark Litchford to address issues involving property in a residential neighborhood around John Ross Road, where an ATV track has been built. At the past two council meetings, people living in close proximity to the two-acre lot complained to the council that noise and dust created by almost non-stop use ... (click for more)

Scrutinizing Defense And Other Public Spending Is Right Thing To Do

I saw in the news today where U.S. senators were investigating and scrutinizing an Army "debacle," which has already spent $6 billion on a communications system developed by a defense contractor (WIN-T) that is virtually ineffective in use.   This is on top of a recent Navy scandal (Fat Leonard Scandal) where several current and former Navy admirals were sentenced to prison ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Suicide Letter

Two weeks ago there were five suicides and a fatal drug overdose in the same Chattanooga community. That absolutely tears me up inside because I am assured almost every day there is a better answer. I make no secret I struggle with depression and it is real. I want others to see if I can get through the valleys to climb the mountain, they can too. I take medicine every day that ... (click for more)