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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.

News Roundup | Existing businesses expand and new businesses open

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 Area Urban League receives $1.5 million from philanthropist MacKenzie Scott Knox News…

Victoria Hirschberg describes her role as being a connector

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Victoria Hirschberg told attendees at Friday’s event for the Knoxville Chamber’s Premier Partners that her role is to be a connector between the institution and companies that can benefit from robust partnerships with any part of the University of Tennessee (UT) System. The…

News roundup | New UTK building and program, baseball stadium updates, and new KAUL leader and scholarship

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 Knoxville getting new building, academic major, and school The University of Tennessee…

Who run the world? The Oak Ridge Computer Science Girls

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA On any given Saturday morning, middle school girls across the country are waking up early to attend online computer science classes based in Oak Ridge. They’re at 10 a.m. local time but attract girls from every U.S. time zone. “That is seven in…

Knoxville businesses show hiring trends stay local in latest ECO report

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA A new survey question shows most Knoxville businesses try to recruit local talent, according to the September edition of the “Economic Conditions Outlook” (ECO) report from the Knoxville Chamber. The report, financed by First Horizon Bank, asked participants if they actively recruit employees from out-of-market, and 65…

News Roundup | STEM scholarships, awards, and celebrations

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. LDA Engineering celebrates 40th anniversary with $500,000 commitment to STEM Alcoa-based LDA Engineering…

Human and technical glitches impacted yesterday’s edition

We experienced both human and technical glitches that affected yesterday’s weekend edition of teknovation.biz. Therefore, we are issuing our first-ever Sunday edition, and we apologize for the problems yesterday.…

Expert says China’s rare earth monopoly has big impact on local tech

By Shannon Smith, Teknovation Assistant Editor, PYA A lot of devices we all use every day depend on properties found in rare earth metals. That’s everything from computers and cell phones to medical devices and satellites. China controls almost the entire market share of all those important metals. How did that happen? That’s…

TRISO-X holds groundbreaking for next generation nuclear facility in Oak Ridge

By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA Groundbreaking ceremonies are always festive, upbeat events, but there was something that seemed a little more special about Thursday’s hosted by TRISO-X LLC for its new $300 million commercial-scale advanced nuclear facility at the Horizon Center in Oak Ridge. For sure it was…