TNECD Announces Departure Of LaunchTN President And CEO

Margaret Dolan To Return To Private Sector

Monday, June 15, 2020
Margaret Dolan
Margaret Dolan

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bob Rolfe announced Monday that Margaret Dolan, president and CEO of Launch Tennessee (LaunchTN), will step down from her role and return to the private sector.

The LaunchTN board of directors has appointed Van Tucker as interim CEO effective July 1. Ms. Tucker currently serves as chief operating officer.

LaunchTN, a public-private partnership, is guided by a vision of making Tennessee the most startup-friendly state in the nation. Ms. Dolan, who became LaunchTN president and CEO in Oct. 2018, will depart at the end of the month to lead an early stage company that is focused on innovations in impact investing.

“Margaret has made an enormous impact on LaunchTN during her time as president and CEO, and we are grateful for her partnership,” Commissioner Rolfe said. “Tennessee’s entrepreneurial landscape is thriving because of the work of LaunchTN, and we know this will continue under Van’s leadership.”

Under Ms. Dolan’s leadership, LaunchTN has empowered a high-functioning network of resources focused on core priorities that support Tennessee’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. Most recently, the Tennessee Innovation Crowdsource Platform created and maintained by LaunchTN, was launched to support intake, screening and initial evaluation of potential state suppliers of high-priority goods, solutions, services and capabilities, particularly as it pertains to COVID-19 needs.

“LaunchTN, anchored by a strong board of directors, serves a critical purpose for the state of Tennessee,” Ms. Dolan said. “I'm honored to have had the opportunity to work collaboratively to build a strategic plan, a fully integrated and authentic network of partners and a team that is well equipped to accelerate our progress. Van Tucker is an extraordinary leader and has been my valued partner in this work. I am gratified that she steps into this role and believe the future is bright for LaunchTN.”

Following the growth seen with Ms. Dolan’s leadership, LaunchTN will continue to build on its vision as Ms. Tucker assumes responsibilities.

"Margaret and I share a passion for building ecosystems that allow for accessible economic prosperity for all,” Ms. Tucker said. “Working with her has been such a rewarding learning experience. She is a treasure in our community and she will be missed at LaunchTN. We are excited to begin the next chapter of LaunchTN and take great comfort to know that Margaret will not be far as she continues her life’s work of improved community impact.”

Van Tucker
Van Tucker

Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events July 13-18

Local Business River Gorge Excursions' First Season Is Open

TVA EnergyRight Launches Virtual Home Energy Audits July 1


July 13, ONLINE - Introduction to Public Speaking - Two-Part Workshop 6-7:30 p.m. In this two-part series, you will learn a simple, easy method to crafting a message that can be applied to ... (click for more)

River Gorge Excursions, a pontoon boat tour and rental company, announces its opening for the 2020 year. The business allows friends and family to either experience a tour with a licensed captain ... (click for more)

The Tennessee Valley Authority is the first utility in the southeast U.S. to launch virtual home energy evaluations, enabling residents across its seven-state region to benefit from money-saving ... (click for more)



Business

Chattanooga Chamber Calendar Of Events July 13-18

July 13, ONLINE - Introduction to Public Speaking - Two-Part Workshop 6-7:30 p.m. In this two-part series, you will learn a simple, easy method to crafting a message that can be applied to every speaking engagement. The class takes place two days on Monday, Jul. 13 and Monday, Jul. 20 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The participants will learn basic public speaking skills in the first class ... (click for more)

Local Business River Gorge Excursions' First Season Is Open

River Gorge Excursions, a pontoon boat tour and rental company, announces its opening for the 2020 year. The business allows friends and family to either experience a tour with a licensed captain or rent a boat to witness the beauty and nature the Tennessee River Gorge has to offer. Officials said, "River Gorge Excursions provides an eye-opening experience along the TN River ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Hamilton County Adds 75 New Cases, Another Death To COVID Toll

Hamilton County Health Department Administrator Becky Barnes said Friday that Hamilton County has added 75 new coronavirus cases, with the number of cumulative cases being 3,255. She said there are 2,096 recovered cases, and 1,122 active COVID patients in the community. She reported another COVID death to the total. The 37 th death was a White non-Hispanic male between 61-70 ... (click for more)

Protest Leader Takes Down Sheriff's Flag In Front Of Jail, Burns It At Miller Park

A protest leader acknowledged in an Internet post that she took down the Sheriff's Department flag from in front of the County Jail and burned it at Miller Park. Marie Mott said she did so because "I got tired of seeing it flying knowing there are black, brown and poor white people in that jail while white people are allowed not to wear a mask when we have a virus that kills ... (click for more)

Opinion

Mandates Are A Bluff - And Response (13)

Via something called an "Executive Order," the facemask mandate will go into effect in Hamilton County on Friday until Sept. 8. This is an illegal executive order and carries no legal weight. Those issuing it know this, which is why Jim Coppinger was too cowardly to issue it himself, but passed off the dirty deed to Dr. Paul Hendricks, who is not even a duly elected representative ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

Some time ago The Saturday Funnies started a “CLICK HERE” section at the end of the weekly jokes and stories. With today’s magnificent media, they are easily available and now I find a good half of the “Funnies” that arrive in our emails are videos. This week I received one video that I believe should be shared with everyone in times such as this. Because I am so gleeful over ... (click for more)