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February 17, 2014 | Tom Ballard

Brookings to spotlight Tennessee initiatives in Thursday webcast

BrookingsDuring last fall’s “Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development,” the Brookings Institution issued a report that outlined strategies for Tennessee to maintain its leadership among the Southern automotive states.

We included an article on and a link to the report.

Titled “Drive! Moving Tennessee’s Automotive Sector up the Value Chain,” the report created a good buzz within the state’s automotive sector, including the Tennessee Automotive Manufacturers Association (TAMA).

The report and Tennessee’s work advancing all manufacturing, including automotive, will be “front and center” during a two-hour webcast that Brookings is conducting this Thursday, February 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. EST.

The event, titled “Powering Advanced Industries: A Bipartisan Dialogue on State Strategies,” will feature Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

The Brookings promotional materials note that Governor Haslam “is moving to expand the South’s leading automotive manufacturing supply chain by upgrading its workforce and catalyzing innovation. There the auto industry is already a powerful driver of the state economy employing nearly 100,000 Tennesseans and accounting for one-third of the state’s manufacturing jobs.”

Coupled with Colorado’s focus on advanced industry sectors like space and aerospace, Bookings says, “Both states have acted on their own to work with the private sector to renew the nation’s strategic economic base from the bottom-up.”

For those interested in learning more or actually participating in the webcast, click here.

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