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June 16, 2024 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | Briefings being held on Fund Tennessee program

Former Clinton City Manager Steve Jones has a new gig.

From Johnson City and Knoxville:

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TN ECD) is conducting Fund Tennessee outreach meetings geared towards small business owners, entrepreneurs, and investors in the two cities on June 25.

As previously reported in, the Johnson City session begins at 10 a.m. EDT at the Ashe Street Courthouse Building, 401 Ashe Street. Speakers include: (1) Aundrea Y. L. Salyer, Senior Business Counselor, Tennessee Small Business Development Center; and Lamont Price, Innovation Director, and Wisty Pender, TN Business Enterprise Resource Office Director, both with the TN ECD. To register, click here.

The newly announced session will be held in Knoxville from 3 to 4:30 p.m. EDT at Marble City Market, 333 West Depot Avenue #Suite 110. No speakers are listed on the EventBrite registration link but one can assume that Price and Pender will be speaking.

From Oak Ridge:

Steve Jones

Former Clinton City Manager Steve Jones has been named the head of the new Tennessee office of Solestiss, a woman-owned management consultancy in the energy sector. The announcement was made on LinkedIn where the company touted Jones’ “distinguished career as a public servant, both within the United States Air Force and within East Tennessee as a business and economic development leader.”

Founded by Dr. Brooke Morrison who also serves as Chief Executive Officer, Solestiss cites its newest Executive Consultant’s 36 years in business and economic development; deep experience assisting with site selection/development and designing economic incentive packages for emerging technologies, including data center and aerospace and defense customers; and his service on the Tennessee Nuclear Energy Advisory Council.

“Steve leads our Economic Development Practice, advising on site selection and economic incentive packages,” Solestiss said in the announcement. With the Tennessee location, the company now has nine offices across the country.

From Knoxville:

The next “Maker Mingle” from the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) is scheduled for Tuesday, June 18, at the new Kerns Food Hall, 2201 Kerns Rising Way. That’s just across the Henley Street Bridge. Scheduled for 6 to 8 p.m. EDT at Monday Night Brewing’s Scruff Bar, KEC everyone is welcome. To register, click here.

From Townsend:

The Knoxville Electric Vehicle Association (KEVA) is holding the 4th annual “EVs in the Smokies” from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. EDT on July 13 at Peaceful Side Social Brewery and Craft Kitchen, 7967 East Lamar Alexander Parkway, in Townsend.

The seven-hour event will imclude numerous vehicles on display, Ride & Drives, and lots of fun with a great family and pet friendly atmosphere. KEVA says you will be able to check out the wide range of electric vehicles (EVs) on the road, all in one place.  Talk with owners to hear what it’s like living with an EV.  Ride in or drive some that interest you (subject to age and a few other restrictions).

To register, click here.

From Memphis:

AnyCreek, a startup allowing access to guided experiences such as fishing and hunting, raised $1.8 million in seed funding. The round, which brought the total funding for the start-up to $3.3 million, included participation from Starting Line, Bridge Investments, Launch Tennessee, and other angel investors. The company intends to use the funds to continue enhancing its technology and expand into additional markets.

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