Charlie Brock Leaving Post At Launch Tennessee

Thursday, May 17, 2018
 Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced Thursday that Charlie Brock, CEO of Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), will return to work in the private sector in October. Mr. Brock, who is from Chattanooga, has served in his role since January 2013.

 

LaunchTN, a public-private partnership, supports entrepreneurs by focusing on early-stage capital formation, market access, commercialization resources, talent development and retention, and startup-friendly legislation.

 

Under Mr. Brock’s leadership, LaunchTN has built a statewide network to offer mentorship, how-to programming and capital to entrepreneurs building the companies of tomorrow. In addition, the team has developed 36|86 Entrepreneurship Festival into the Southeast’s premier entrepreneurship conference, provided programming reaching entrepreneurs in 75 percent of Tennessee counties and developed startup-friendly legislation. Early-stage investment in Tennessee has increased 100 percent during this period.

 

“Because of Charlie and the team at LaunchTN, Tennessee entrepreneurs have been able to take advantage of the startup-friendly environment that has been fostered in our state,” Commissioner Rolfe said. “More than 1,700 jobs have been created and $186 million has been raised by accelerated-assisted companies thanks to LaunchTN. Governor Haslam and I are enormously grateful to have had Charlie lead LaunchTN for the last five years, and we wish him well on his next venture.”

 

The Chattanooga native has been a serial entrepreneur for nearly 20 years, having focused primarily on the growth of Southeast Tennessee entrepreneurship and ecosystem development.

 

“My time as CEO of LaunchTN has been the most rewarding period in my professional career,” Mr. Brock said. “Working with an amazing group of colleagues and many partners across Tennessee, we’ve created a best-in-class collaborative network across the state, substantially increased the availability of and access to resources and developed national relationships that have elevated Tennessee as a great place for entrepreneurs to launch and grow a startup. This will lead to continued future job growth and economic prosperity for citizens and communities across Tennessee.”

 

Mr. Brock will continue to serve through early fall 2018. His successor will be announced at a later date, following a search process with a committee led by Tom Ballard, emeritus board member of Launch Tennessee.

 


New Hamilton County Businesses

Here are the new business Licenses from the County Clerk's office: ADVANCED PROJECT CONTROLS LASHICA  WOODARD 3 TRAINING   PROJECT CONTROLS PROFESSIONALS  PROJECT CONTROLS SEMINARS 7716 STANDIFER GAP RD CHATTANOOGA TN 37421 ALLEN DANN ALLEN  DANN 3 SHORT TERM RENTAL 1601 MITCHELL AVE APT C CHATTANOOGA TN 37408 AMERICAN ... (click for more)

JHM Anounces Job Promotion, New Hires And New Web Site

JHM CPA firm announces the internal promotion of Linda England to tax partner.  "Linda has been with JHM for 25 years and has extensive experience in the non-profit sector and enjoys serving in the Chattanooga community," officials said. She is currently serving as the secretary for the Chattanooga Tax Practitioners. New hires include Monica Fuqua as client accountant, ... (click for more)

City Placing New Penalties On Use Of Cell Phones In School Zone And By Drivers Under 18

The city is setting new penalties for use of cell phones in school zones.  Drivers 18 and older may not use hand-held devices while in the zones, but they can be on their hands-free units. Another section of an ordinance change would not allow those 18 and under to be talking on a cell phone while driving. That includes even if the device is hands-free. The ordinance ... (click for more)

Rhea Puppy Mill Dogs Slowly Recovering From Years Of Abuse, Neglect

Five days after Watson and 108 other dogs were rescued from a dark, filthy puppy mill in Rhea County, the frightened 12-pound Yorkie mix doesn’t look like the same animal. Watson got lucky; he was one of the 28 puppy mill survivors that wound up at Chattanooga’s Humane Educational Society. There, volunteer groomers from Pet Smart shaved away the heavy, massive tangle of ... (click for more)

Walker County Needs A Board Of Commissioners

On Nov. 6, voters in Walker County, Ga. will vote on a referendum to determine if the county will move to a five person board of commissioners or stay with a sole commissioner form of government. The referendum is the result of several years of debate and discussion within the county. In 2012,  Dr. Paul Shaw, in his attempt to unseat then-Sole Commissioner Bebe Heiskell, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Coach Who Said ‘No’

I couldn’t tell you the first time I met John Gagliardi … 30 years ago? 40? … and I never saw him nearly enough. He was a Division III football coach at some monastery of a place in Minnesota and that’s a long way from the Southeastern Conference. Our orbits rarely overlapped but somewhere down the line we were at the same table for dinner. Once that happened, it seemed like the ... (click for more)