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
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.
DOE’s Oak Ridge Reservation is an economic engine for the state of Tennessee. ETEC has recently completed a new 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 and more details.
“Oak Ridge can never become just another attractive American city. Its fame and its honors based upon past achievements are already too great for this, and its heavy responsibilities for the future of both America and the world preclude the possibility of a quiet, completely normal existence.” – Congressman Howard H. Baker, Sr. (1959 speech).