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November 19, 2023 | Tom Ballard

State’s leadership in mobility on display in a few weeks in Music City

Sessions will showcase initiatives like TEAM TN and TNGO along with a reverse pitch competition. Attendees can take an EV for a spin around an indoor test track.

The second Tennessee Smart Mobility Expo will take place December 5-6 at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville.

Hosted by TennSMART in partnership with the State of Tennessee and Tennessee Clean Fuels, the event will feature an exhibition hall showcasing the latest innovations in transportation across the Volunteer State, including a mock airplane designed and built by Whisper Aero, a fast-growing start-up company headquartered in Crossville. 

Another highlight of the slightly more than a day and one-half event is a collaboration between TennSMART and The Company Lab in Chattanooga on the inaugural “Sustainable Mobility Reverse Pitch Challenge.” It brings together industry experts, corporations, and researchers to call for big solutions to real-world problems in sustainable mobility. The finalists will present their solutions to chronic issues impacting the industry related to supply chain and logistics, electrification, workforce turnover, and quantum tech.

That competition will be held right before lunch on December 6.

Other sessions include:

  • A panel featuring the Mayors of Tennessee’s largest cities discussing how they are addressing mobility issues and balancing population growth with traffic jams, long commutes, noise and air pollution, and citizen safety.
  • A presentation by the Use Inspired R&D Working Group of TEAM TN, the University of Tennessee, Knoxville managed and National Science Foundation funded project focused on the latest technologies and trends fueling the mobility sector.
  • A panel discussing several unique assets in the state including a first-of-its-kind testbed on I-24, the largest urban Internet of Things deployment of its kind in Chattanooga, and the first commercially available software-configurable quantum network.
  • A fireside chat where State leaders will discuss the future of sustainable transportation solutions and economic opportunity in Tennessee.
  • Another presentation on the Transportation Network Growth Opportunity (TNGO) initiative, which seeks to make Tennessee the #1 destination for mobility R&D investment in the Southeast.
  • A panel of educators, researchers, and providers who will discuss current training opportunities, workforce development programs, and key areas of opportunity in all aspects of the industry from electric vehicle infrastructure deployment to grid maintenance to cybersecurity.

Also, attendees will once again have the opportunity to take electric vehicles for a spin around an indoor test track facilitated by Drive Electric Tennessee.

The full agenda can be found here. To purchase tickets, click here.

This year’s Tennessee Smart Mobility Expo is chaired by Deputy Governor and Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner Butch Eley, Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Stuart C. McWhorter, and Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner David Salyers. 


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