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April 24, 2019 | Tom Ballard

ETEC’s latest “After Hours” event showcases several of region’s assets

The East Tennessee Economic Council’s latest “After Hours” event late yesterday showcased both the region’s expertise in intelligent transportation and its newest co-working space.

Held at the Ts117 Modern CoWorking facility in Oak Ridge that we recently featured in this article, the event drew a good crowd for networking ahead of the program that featured Claus Daniel (seated in picture at left), Director of Sustainable Transportation at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), and Bill Malkes (standing), Co-Founder of GRIDSMART Technologies Inc. The Knoxville-based company was recently acquired by Cubic Corporation for about $87 million.

The “After Hours” program was held in the centerpiece for Ts117, the stair-stepped amphitheater named for Albert Einstein. The area adjacent to the amphitheater is anchored by a large mural of the world-renowned scientist on loan from the American Museum of Science and Energy. Ryan Chinn, one of the two brothers behind Ts117, is featured in this photo next to Darrell Akins.

Several of ORNL’s “Innovation Crossroads” participants attended the event including Megan O’Connor, Co-Founder on Nth Cycle and Don DeRosa, Chief Technology Officer of Eonix (right photo). Other attendees included Grady Vanderhoofven of Three Roots Capital and the previously referenced Darrell Akins of Akins Public Strategies.

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