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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 Friday Meetings

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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Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration

The 2022 ETEC Annual Meeting & Awards Celebration was held on Thursday, December 15, 2022 at the Knoxville Hilton Airport with an audience of 350 people. The keynote speech was delivered by TN Governor Bill Lee. Muddy Boot Award recipients included Dr. Jim Rushton and Dr. Chris Whaley. Katie Roberts of CNS Y-12 received the Postma Young Professional Medal. Click the image above for more information, link to the press release, and photos.

Business Lunch Live

Dr. Ashley Stowe, Director of the Oak Ridge Enhanced Technology and Training Center (ORETTC) spoke to members of ETEC and the Oak Ridge Chamber during the Business Lunch Live event. ORETTC is a facility and a capability that will design, execute, and innovate training programs that are immersive and fun. ORETTC’s vision is to be the nation’s preeminent training campus for radiation response, nuclear processing, and emerging technology arenas. We are excited to have such an advanced training facility in Oak Ridge for our businesses to partner with!

DOE's Impact

DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation is an economic engine for the state of Tennessee. ETEC recently completed a study of the effects of DOE’s investment in Tennessee for fiscal year 2020. 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.

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