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January 07, 2024 | Tom Ballard

News & Notes | Governor Lee named States’ Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission

The Knoxville Technology Council holding free workshop titled "The Future of AI is Web3."

From Washington, DC but with Tennessee Implications:

Tennessee Governor Bill Lee has been elected by his fellow Appalachian governors to serve as the 2024 Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) States’ Co-Chair. As part of ARC’s unique federal-state partnership structure, the States’ Co-Chair works collaboratively with the ARC Federal Co-Chair and fellow Appalachian state governors to invest in economic and community growth across the region’s 423 counties in 13 states. In addition to advancing ARC investments across the region, the States’ Co-Chair also hosts ARC’s annual conference. Governor Lee will serve as ARC’s 71st States’ Co-Chair and the first from Tennessee since 2016, but the seventh Tennessean since 1965 to hold the position.

From Knoxville:

As artificial intelligence (AI) is reaching the pinnacle of its hypercycle, so are the fears of what AI could do. But what is not considered is how the internet is evolving. The future of the Web, a.k.a. Web3, has the capability to authenticate identity and verify data in ways that could help keep AI in check. Put another way, Web3 domesticates data in the wild to prevent AI from feeding off everything and anything.

In a “Tech Talk” scheduled for the evening of January 18 in downtown Knoxville, Gary Jackson, Director of AI & Distributed Ledger Technologies at CGI, will explain how the only thing that could make AI dangerous is if humans allow Web3 not to happen. He will explore how the new Web3 landscape could negate fears about AI technologies and help incubate innovation.

The free event, hosted by the Knoxville Technology Council, begins with a happy hour at 5:30 p.m. and the program starting at 6 p.m. at CGI’s offices, 900 South Gay Street, Suite 1000. To register, click here.

From Johnson City:

FoundersForge has announced that its “Founders After 5” event returns this Thursday (January 11). It will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. EST at Johnson City Brewing’s Main Street location. The invitation reads: “No agenda, no speakers, just CONNECTIONS. We want to hear about your journey—whether you are a startup founder, entrepreneur, or just looking to get involved, we’d love to meet you! This is the perfect opportunity for everyone to connect, share ideas, and form relationships in a laid-back environment. So come join us for a drink and share your journey!”

To register, click here.

From Nashville:

Reimagine Care, a provider of virtual-first cancer care, received an investment from Oncology Ventures, a cancer-focused venture capital fund. The amount of the deal was not disclosed, but the investment will facilitate the development and expansion of the company’s product development and commercial acceleration. Led by Chief Executive Officer Dan Nardi, Reimagine Care leverages technology and data-driven insights to create personalized healthcare solutions. The company integrates clinical oncology experts and enabling technologies to deliver an individualized cancer treatment and recovery experience from home.

From Anywhere in Tennessee:

Drive Electric Tennessee is inviting new participants to signup for its Drive Electric Tennessee Policies and Programs Committee. It is a working group that convenes local governments, nonprofits, local power companies, and industry partners on a quarterly basis to share information on available and upcoming funding opportunities and initiatives to support electric vehicle deployment and charging infrastructure development throughout Tennessee. To join the group, complete this questionnaire.

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