Launch Tennessee Kicks Off Blackstone Specialist Program

Within State’s Startup Accelerator Network

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

The Blackstone Specialist Program – presented by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation and Launch Tennessee – officially opened applications Wednesday. The program is seeking talent from across the country to come to Tennessee to be “specialists” in the state’s network of nine regional startup accelerators.

The specialists will either work directly with an accelerator’s executive director on business planning, early-stage financing, marketing, event planning and other strategic focuses or be paired with one or more startups in the program to work on UX, UI, development research and other areas. Specialists will receive a $2,000 stipend from Launch Tennessee along with location-specific offers from each program. 

“Tennessee’s accelerator programs are already recruiting the brightest entrepreneurs to solve tomorrow’s problems, so we created the specialist program to expand these efforts,” said Launch Tennessee CEO Charlie Brock. “Our accelerator programs cover a wide variety of industries, which will give specialists an expansive range to choose from. We expect this to be a very valuable experience for the specialists and the startups participating in the accelerator programs.”

Current college students and recent graduates can apply for the program at http://launchtn.org/specialist-program. Applications are due by May 9.

Specialists will be placed in the following upcoming programs: GIGTANK in Chattanooga; ZeroTo510 in Memphis; autoXLR8R in Tullahoma; Start Co., including the Seed Hatchery, Upstart, SparkGap and Sky High cohorts in Memphis; and Jumpstart Foundry in Nashville. For additional program details, visit http://launchtn.org/specialist-program.

Tennessee Sees Significant Decreases In County Jobless Rates

Following the lowest state unemployment rate in nearly 20 years, Tennessee’s county unemployment rates for May 2017 have decreased in 94 counties and remained the same in 1, according to data released Thursday by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.  Davidson County has the state’s lowest major metropolitan rate at 2.1 percent, a decline from 2.7 ... (click for more)

Census: Tennessee's Median Age Continues To Grow

Since the 2010 Census, Tennessee's population has continued to age and 2016 was no exception, according to the data released today by the U.S. Census Bureau and disseminated by the Tennessee State Data Center. The center is housed within the Boyd Center for Business and Economic Research at University of Tennessee, Knoxville's Haslam College of Business. Tennessee's 2016 median ... (click for more)

Public Markets To Manage And Operate Finley Stadium

The Stadium Corporation board of directors, at a special board meeting Thursday, gave approval for Public Markets, Inc., (PMI) the entity that oversees the Chattanooga Market, the River Market, the Collegedale Market and Cambridge Square Market, to handle the management, operations and administration of the stadium. Executive Director of PMI Chris Thomas and his staff stepped ... (click for more)

Man Charged In North Chattanooga Murder Says "Wrong Number" Led To Drug Deal That Went Bad

A man charged in a North Chattanooga murder said a "wrong number" led to his chance meeting with victim Charles "Chas" Holsey and a drug deal that led to the March 2, 2015, slaying. Briston "B.J." Smith Jr. told investigators he thought he was dialing a friend named "Clack" who he said sells marijuana. By getting one digit wrong, he wound up texting with Holsey, who by chance ... (click for more)

Tom Edd Wilson Was A Great Visionary

We want to add to the many heart-felt messages that have been expressed regarding the recent passing of Tom Edd Wilson, a truly great visionary.    While he made his mark on many local organizations, Tom Edd will always hold a special place in the hearts of those who worked closely with him at Erlanger.   We benefited greatly from his steady guidance, leadership ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Leaders Stand ‘Way Back’

Franklin McCallie, a former principal at Howard School and the maverick in one of Chattanooga’s finest families known for education, delivered an impassioned speech before the Hamilton County Commission on Wednesday. Sadly, his remarks came after the commissioners had passed the FY2018 budget that has no financial methodology for the Department of Education, much maligned in the ... (click for more)