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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.
February 14 - Martin McDonald, STEM at Oak Ridge High School

February 21 - Oak Ridge Natural Asset Plan: Carol Evans, Legacy Parks Foundation

February 28 - ETEC Board of Directors
(All members and guests are welcome to attend these meetings which typically include brief updates on the federal government’s missions in East Tennessee.)

March 6 - Randy Boyd, University of Tennessee
Martin McDonald, ORHS


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 27 - K-25 History Center Grand Opening
Feb 27 - TSBDC: Marketing on a Shoestring
Feb 28 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar

Mar 5 - TAEBC’s Annual Meeting 2020
Mar 5 - TSBDC: Social Media Marketing
Mar 8-12 - WM2020: 46th Annual Waste Management Symposium
Mar 10 - TSBDC: Preparing an Incurred Cost Submission
Mar 20 - TSBDC: Small Business Start-Up Seminar

Apr 7 - NCMA: National Education Seminar – Contract Compliance
Apr 12-13 - Baker Center: Data Science in the Energy Sector
Apr 27-May 1 - SafetyFest TN 2020


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President Trump Releases FY 2021 Budget Request

President Donald J. Trump unveiled his FY 2021 Budget Request, including $35.4 billion to fund DOE. DOE’s Budget Request funds vital priorities such as promoting America’s continued rise as an energy independent nation, enhancing national security through modernizing the nation’s nuclear deterrent, and advancing transformative scientific innovation and environmental cleanup.
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UCOR Begins Takedown of ETTP's Last Standing Facility

Demolition is underway on the last laboratory facility remaining at ETTP, as EM moves toward completing all major teardowns. EM and cleanup contractor UCOR are demolishing the K-1006 Building, which was constructed in 1962 to support operations at the former Oak Ridge Gaseous Diffusion Plant. The structure is among the few unneeded buildings still standing at the site.
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Energy Storage Startup Licenses ORNL Cobalt-Free Battery Tech

Energy storage startup SPARKZ Inc. has exclusively licensed five battery technologies from the DOE's ORNL designed to eliminate cobalt metal in lithium-ion batteries. The advancement is aimed at accelerating the production of electric vehicles and energy storage solutions for the power grid.
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Amentum is New Name With Familiar Faces to DOE Crowd

While Amentum is a new company, it is far from a new face doing business for government nuclear and environmental agencies. The former AECOM Management Services division officially became Amentum on Jan. 31 with the closure of the $2.4 billion sale to affiliates of New York-based investment firms Lindsay Goldberg and American Securities LLC.
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EM Primes Surpass FY19 Small Business Goals

A number of prime cleanup contractors across the EM complex exceeded annual goals for subcontracting with small businesses in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30, 2019. Contractors at the Hanford, Savannah River, Oak Ridge, Idaho, Portsmouth, Paducah, and West Valley Demonstration Project sites went beyond their socioeconomic goals for small business subcontracting.
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Roane State Foundation Wins Grant from CNS Y-12

Roane State Foundation won a $6,000 grant from the CNS Y-12 Community Investment Fund to help adult students in the community college’s programs in computer science, cybersecurity, and mechatronics. CNS established the fund through the East Tennessee Foundation in 2014 as part of its commitment to Oak Ridge and the surrounding communities.
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New Member

ETEC welcomes Wright Contracting as a new member.

Wright Contracting is a highly experienced General Contracting firm located in Knoxville, founded in 2012, and owned by Bill and Rachel Gardner. With a primary focus in commercial, institutional, and industrial projects in Knox and surrounding counties, their philosophy is to partner with clients, designers, subcontractors & suppliers to produce high-quality projects, on schedule for a great value. They are especially suited for difficult projects due to complexity, phasing, & site conditions.

Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to Iris Networks for sponsoring the Friday morning meetings in February.
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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.

Membership Information

Ready to Join . . .

• To learn more about ETEC and the Friday morning meetings, visit the website.
• To join the Council, please submit a membership application.

Already a Member . . .

• To inquire about the status of your membership, email Tracy
• To pay dues by credit card, please click here to pay online.
• To update your company profile, please submit a member information update form.
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Oak Ridge, TN 37830