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Upcoming Friday Programs

All meetings occur from 7:30-8:30 a.m. in the UT Outreach Center unless otherwise noted.
January 17 - Redefining the Vision for Downtown Oak Ridge (Speakers: Rick Chinn, Mark Watson, and Wayne Blasius.)

Oak Ridge was born without a specific downtown, for good reasons 75 years ago. Today, a recognizable downtown creates the foundation for recruiting a qualified, stable, engaged workforce. A more urban setting can attract development types that aren’t interested in a suburban model. Plus having a community gathering space adds to the quality of life and encourages Oak Ridge workers to become Oak Ridge residents. Mayor Pro Tem Rick Chinn, City Manager Mark Watson, and Community Development Director Wayne Blasius, will present the vision for a once-in-a-generation opportunity to define Oak Ridge’s downtown in a way that honors our past and enables an equally extraordinary future.

January 24 - Board of Directors (All members & guests are welcome.)

January 31 - No ETEC: Regional Legislative Agenda Breakfast (Organized by the Oak Ridge Chamber. Held at Y-12's New Hope Center. Registration and payment required.)
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Jan 16 - TSBDC: From Win Strategy to Proposal
Jan 22 - TSBDC: GSA Training Workshop – How to complete a GSA Schedule
Jan 23 - Founders Mark – Anderson Co. Start-Up Business Group
Jan 28 - East TN Chapter, Nat’l Contracting Mgmt Assn: Winter Workshop
Jan 31 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar

Feb 11-12 - Advanced Reactors Summit VII & Technology Trailblazers Showcase
Feb 13 - TSBDC: How to do business with the government
Feb 14 - TSBDC: Government Contracting- 101-102 What’s Next?
Feb 18 - SBIR/STTR Tech. & Commercialization Forum – DOE/DOD Research Update
Feb 19 - KTech: Women in Tech Lunch & Learn - Launch Event
Feb 28 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar


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Final FY20 Appropriations: DOE Office of Science

The budget for the Department of Energy Office of Science is increasing 6% this year to an even $7 billion. The increase is spread across the office’s six programs, with Fusion Energy Sciences receiving a particularly large boost.
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DOE Launches Energy Storage Grand Challenge

DOE launched the Energy Storage Grand Challenge, a comprehensive program to accelerate the development, commercialization, and utilization of next-generation energy storage technologies.
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DOE Issues Final Rule on Fee for Mgmt and Storage of Mercury

The Mercury Export Ban Act, as amended, assigned DOE the responsibility for the long-term management and storage of elemental mercury. DOE has undertaken efforts to establish a facility for the long-term management and storage.
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Denso Tech Training Ctr (KNS)
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Denso Unveils New Technical Training Center

Worldwide manufacturer Denso gave TN Gov. Bill Lee a sneak peek of its new technical training center in Maryville. The center will keep regional Denso employees trained on the newest advanced manufacturing technologies as they develop.
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Building the Skilled Trades Pipeline for Manufacturing Jobs

24 teachers from 10 Knox County schools, recently toured auto parts manufacturer SL Tennessee in Anderson County and participated in a panel discussion with business, industry, and technical college leaders.
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How to Visit the Most Secret U.S. National Park

In 2015, the U.S. government established the Manhattan Project National Historical Park to protect sites in Los Alamos, as well as the other two project locales in Hanford, Washington and Oak Ridge, Tennessee.
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Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to Baker Donelson for sponsoring the Friday morning meetings in January.


Openings for Breakfast Meeting Sponsors

Reservations are now being taken to sponsor a month of ETEC breakfast meetings in 2020. Meeting sponsorships are $750.00 and include the following benefits. These go quickly and are first-come, first-serve.
  • Opportunity to speak about your business (3-5 minutes) at one meeting
  • Verbal recognition of sponsorship by the ETEC Chairperson at 3-4 weekly meetings
  • Signage with logo at breakfast table at 3-4 weekly meetings
  • Logo advertisements with link to your website in 4 weekly newsletters
  • Logo with link to your website on the Weekly Breakfast Meetings page of the ETEC website
To register, click here.

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East Tennessee Economic Council
1201 Oak Ridge Turnpike, Suite 100
Oak Ridge, TN 37830