By Tom Ballard, Chief Alliance Officer, PYA
The annual “Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) National Summit” begins in about a month at Tennessee Tech University (TTU) in Cookeville.
In fact, TTU President Phil Oldham will be presiding at the opening lunch on June 1. It begins at 11:30 a.m. on the university campus and will feature presentations by Don Viar, Chairman of the Board, Cookeville Putnam County Chamber of Commerce; and Malcolm Portera, former Chancellor of the University of Alabama System.
From then through the closing luncheon on June 2, attendees will hear from a variety of speakers and panelists. The theme for the 2016 event is “Where Entrepreneurs and Technology Meet,” key priorities for Oldham and his TTU leadership team.
June 1 sessions focus on entrepreneurship within the TVC region, while those on June 2 cover science, national security, advanced manufacturing, space and environmental clean-up.
Hosting the event is an important priority for Oldham as he and his team work to showcase TTU as a key economic driver for the Upper Cumberland region. His thoughts were outlined in a recent teknovation.biz series. You can reread it here – Part 1 and Part 2.
“The benefit of being in the Valley extends beyond Oak Ridge and Huntsville,” Oldham told us several months ago when we asked about TTU’s decision to host its first TVC Summit. “Having it here highlights what is possible in more rural parts of the corridor.”
The TVC Summit series was launched in 1995 in Oak Ridge. The emphasis since its inception has been on science and technology and demonstrated national leadership through regional collaboration.
For more information including the current agenda and access to a registration page, click here.