Oak Ridge, TN – Where Innovation Happens

East Tennessee is home to premier research and manufacturing institutions that are centers of discovery and attract the most talented minds to solve some of the world’s biggest challenges in science, technology and energy.

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Welcome to the East Tennessee Economic Council!

ETEC is an independent, regional, non-profit, membership organization created in the early 1970s, dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in East Tennessee, as well as seeking new ways to create prosperity, promote regional development, and explore opportunities for growth.

ETEC Friday Meetings

ETEC: Board of Directors

October 25 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

ETEC: Oak Ridge High School Robotics Team

November 1 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

ETEC: Morgan Smith, CNS

November 8 @ 7:30 am - 8:30 am

About ETEC

Organized in 1973, the East Tennessee Economic Council (ETEC) is an independent, regional, non-profit membership organization dedicated to supporting the federal government’s missions in Oak Ridge as well as encouraging new opportunities to fully utilize the highly-skilled talent, cutting-edge technologies and unique facilities that make up the federal reservation, the University of Tennessee complex, and the TVA region.

ETEC works in strong partnership with federal contractors, DOE and NNSA representatives, state officials, small businesses, and other local economic development organizations to seek new ways to use federal investments in science and security to create prosperity, promote regional development, and explore opportunities for growth.

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Nuclear Suppliers Workshop

On August 27, 2019, over 100 nuclear industry representatives from 17 states and 3 countries convened for ETEC’s 2019 Nuclear Suppliers Workshop. This year’s workshop focused on supply opportunities for advanced nuclear reactors, nuclear fuels, additive manufacturing for nuclear, and nuclear medicine. Thanks to our sponsors: Atkins Nuclear Secured,
Centrus Energy Corp., CNS Y-12 National Security Complex, MillenniTEK, MS Technology, Inc., Navarro, Nuclear Energy Institute, ORAU, Teledyne Brown Engineering, UCOR, and our featured exhibitor, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Special thanks to EventShop Inc., Rosa’s Catering, and CNS’ Y-12 New Hope Center Team for a fantastic event.

The Future of Manufacturing

University of Tennessee’s Bredesen Center, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory hosted a day-long discussion on the future of advanced manufacturing and big data analytics on September 5, 2019. Over 100 professionals from corporate America, the manufacturing industry, academia, community development, and government convened at DOE’s Manufacturing Demonstration Facility. Special thanks to Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs, ORNL’s Dr. Thomas Kurfess and Dr. Vincent Paquit, and Jim Davis of CESMII / UCLA for their insightful keynote presentations. Manufacturers from across the State of Tennessee are rising to the challenge of integrating new technologies that will build our strong economy for the future.

Dept. of Energy’s Economic Impact

DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation is an economic engine for the state of Tennessee. Studying the effects of DOE’s investment in Tennessee in fiscal year 2017, the report examines job creation, state GDP growth, private-sector procurements, payroll and pension disbursement, state and local tax contributions, community development, as well as the ripple effects of this spending.

Click here to view the report and more details.

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