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Weekend edition November 04, 2023 | Katelyn Keenehan

Housing trends top the weekend news roundup

Learn about the events and trends in innovation, entrepreneurship, business, and technology in the weekend news roundup!

Knoxville stays on the map

According to a report released this week by the East Tennessee Realtor’s Association, Knoxville has seen substantial growth, ranking second among the top 100 metros for median appraised home values in Q2 2023, with a 9.1% increase from the previous year.

The area also secured the 18th spot on the Wall Street Journal/ Emerging Housing Markets Index for Fall 2023.

Oldham Hospitality acquires Blackberry Farm Brewery

The Daily Times in Maryville reports that Townsend-based Oldham Hospitality has struck an agreement with Blackberry Farm to acquire Blackberry Farm Brewery and its downtown Maryville location. The shift in ownership and renaming of the beer brand is set to begin Dec. 1. Oldham Hospitality will rename the existing business to Peaceful Side Brewery, which pairs with the group’s brand in Townsend: Peaceful Side Social and Peaceful Side Creamery.

Nashville company secures LaunchTN funding

Innerworld, a mental health platform provider located in Nashville, has secured a $2 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, along with an additional $300,000 grant from LaunchTN. These funds will support their ongoing research into the impact of Cognitive Behavioral Immersion (CBI) on depression. Innerworld is dedicated to meeting the growing demand for scalable mental health solutions by employing their proprietary CBI technique to provide mental health assistance on a large scale.

Growth & Grit

On Tuesday, November 14 the Knoxville Entrepreneurship Center will host an event at the Southern Railway Station to honor our region’s Inc. 5000 companies. The companies being honored include Storage Pug, Axle Logistics, ’58 Foundations & Waterproofing, SmartRIA, Mountaineer Cleaning and Maintenance, Old Smoky Distillery, Boldsquare, Avero, KaTom, Design Innovation Architects, and Four Seasons.

The event will begin at 5 p.m. You can get your tickets here.

Technology Workforce Workshop

The Technology Skills Gap Survey Workshop, a collaborative effort by KTech and the Knoxville Chamber, is set to unveil the comprehensive results of their survey and delve into the implications they hold. From 10:30 to 11:30 AM, attendees will have the chance to learn from employers, education institutions, and other stakeholders about how local businesses can harness funding, grants, and programming to address their workforce needs effectively. The workshop extends its welcome to both education institutions and workforce service providers, fostering an environment of collaboration and mutual learning. The event also includes a thirty-minute networking session.

Sign up here.

TAEBC’s Opportunities in Energy

The Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council will hold its annual Opportunities in Energy event on Wednesday, November 15, from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. at The Standard in downtown Knoxville. Speakers at the event will discuss opportunities in the advanced energy sector, investment opportunities, and discuss business trends.

The keynote panel will be on the evolution of the automotive industry in the state with Former Senator and Governor Lamar Alexander, Former Governor and current Founding Chairman of Silicon Ranch Corporation and Clearloop Phil Bredesen, and President of The University of Tennessee System and Former TNECD Commissioner Randy Boyd.

You can buy tickets to the event here.

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