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Welcome to Teknovation Weekend. This special section brings you stories on established businesses here in Knoxville, as well as economic news and ongoing trends. If you have news items you would like to share with us, please email tballard@pyapc.com.

How to support local makers when Christmas shopping this year

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA ‘Tis the season to be shopping, fa la la la la, la la la la. When you’re buying Christmas gifts this year, consider one of the more than 400 makers creating handcrafted gifts right here in East Tennessee. “Maker-made items are created with an attention to…

Knoxville renters and homebuyers continue to see rising prices

The monthly “Market Pulse” report for November from the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors (KAAR) has been released, and it shows that while home sales are down, home prices and rental rates are up. According to the report, Knoxville’s rental market continues to outperform the U.S. overall. Effective rents were…

News Roundup | Appointments, acquisitions, and openings

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region. If you have any business news or updates you’d like to feature in Teknovation Weekend, please send us an email at teknovation@pyapc.com. Pilot Company hires DEI Officer Pilot Company announced Angie Cody as its Director of…

River Breeze Event Center has big plans for 2023

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Video produced by Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor After hosting eight concerts this fall in its “soft launch,” the new River Breeze Event Center in East Knox County has big plans for the next few months ahead of launching a full concert schedule…

Latest ECO report shows more retirements expected soon

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA A new survey question shows half of responding Knoxville businesses expect an increase in retirements in the next five years, according to the October edition of the “Economic Conditions Outlook” (ECO) report from the Knoxville Chamber. The report, financed by First Horizon Bank, showed 54 percent…

News Roundup | Business expansions, appointments, and Christmas fundraisers

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region. If you have any business news or updates you’d like to feature in Teknovation Weekend, please send us an email at teknovation@pyapc.com. Knoxville native named 2023 Rhodes Scholar Yale University senior and Knoxville native Jonathan…

BioTN undertaking assessment of state’s STEM readiness

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA BioTN, the separate but closely aligned sibling of Life Science Tennessee (LST), is undertaking a comprehensive assessment of the Volunteer State’s STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) readiness with the goal of making recommendations to ensure a pipeline of future talent. For the…

News Roundup | Expansions, awards, and openings

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA Here’s your weekly roundup of business news from throughout the Knoxville region. If you have any business news or updates you’d like to feature in Teknovation Weekend, please send us an email at teknovation@pyapc.com. UT establishes endowment fund for families of fallen or disabled veterans, first responders…