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June 05, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Events consume much of this week’s “News & Notes”

From Knoxville:

  • Real Good Kitchen (RGK) has announced a two-hour workshop later this week that will focus on the “Business Model Canvas” for owners of food enterprises who want to take them to the proverbial “next level.” Space is limited for the session from 6 to 8 p.m. June 9. It will be held at the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) on Market Square, and membership in RGK is not a requirement to attend. Catherine Porth, Founder of Let Her Speak and KEC’s Director of Insights and Development, will lead the workshop. To register, click here.
  • Knoxville’s “The Maker City” organization has announced the dates for its annual summit. The 7th annual business conference for local makers will be held September 16 through 18. More details will be announced soon.

From Townsend:

The Knoxville Electric Vehicle (EV) Association and Drive Electric Tennessee will host the second annual “EVs In The Smokies” event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9 at the Townsend Visitors Center. It is described an an opportunity for those who: (1) drive gasoline-powered vehicles to talk with EV owners and learn about transitioning to clean, quiet, fast and fun electric driving; and (2) own an EV to “enjoy a fun day hanging out in the Smokies to share your enthusiasm with current and future EV owners.”

From Blountville:

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded Northeast State Community College a $349,340 grant to integrate electric vehicle (EV) technology into the college’s current automotive programs. The project is funded by the NSF’s Advanced Technological Education program that focuses on training in advanced technology fields that drive the nation’s economy.

According to this article, Northeast State will work with industry partners to develop and/or adapt curriculum and train EV maintenance and repair technicians to meet employment needs statewide and beyond. The college will also join the National Electric Vehicle Consortium, a diverse network of academic and industry experts funded through a separate NSF award to develop national standards for EV training across a variety of fields, including manufacturing, maintenance and repair, vehicle conversion, safety and standards and emerging technological advances.

From Nashville:

  • Launch Tennessee is holding a discounted sale of tickets for the September “3686” event. Through June 19, event passes can be purchased at a special rate of $299, the lowest price of the season. Starting on June 20, pass prices will rise to $399. To register, click on this link.
  • Amytrx Therapeutics raised $18 million to continue research on its drug in development for atopic dermatitis and other skin inflammatory disorders. AMTX-100, a topical peptide-based treatment, does not suppress the immune system, and it has potential to treat other conditions, including herpes, psoriasis, lupus, acne and shingles, according to Amytrx. Click here to learn more.

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