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ETEC Board of Directors

The meeting will include updates from:
  • Craig Blue, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Peter Hastings, Kairos Power
  • Karen Pershing, Metro Drug Coalition
All members and their guests are welcome to attend.

Friday, September 24, 2021

In-person or on Zoom

7:30 - 8:30 a.m. (EDT)

ETEC's Friday In-Person / Online Meetings

Virtual Attendees (register):

Please register to attend the Zoom Friday morning meetings. Breakout rooms will be available afterward.

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In-Person Attendees (registration not needed):

Meetings are held in the UT Outreach Center in Oak Ridge. The University has asked that masks be worn in all indoor spaces.
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Upcoming Friday Meetings

October 1 - Dr. Vanessa Chan, U.S. Department of Energy
October 8 - Attracting Industries of the Future – ORNL, TVA, UT Panel Discussion
October 15 - ORNL’s Innovation Crossroads
October 22 - Board of Directors
(All members and their guests are welcome to attend.)

Meeting Sponsor

Thank you to Mesa Associates, Inc. for sponsoring the Friday morning meetings in September.


Business Lunch Live

A Joint Virtual Event Series to Promote Community Connection for ETEC & Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce members.

Wednesday, September 29, 2021
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

For the first Business Lunch Live event, we will be hearing from Dr. Joan Bienvenue, executive director of the University of Tennessee Oak Ridge Innovation Institute.
Please register to attend this virtual Zoom meeting.
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Kairos Power's Information Session
Hermes Low-Power Demonstration Reactor

Join Kairos Power for a special presentation on the Hermes low-power demonstration reactor planned for East Tennessee Technology Park. Building on Oak Ridge’s long nuclear legacy, Kairos Power is investing $100 million in the local economy and creating 55+ high-paying jobs to support the construction and operations of Hermes. Meet the Kairos Power team and learn how they are leveraging proven technologies to enable the world’s transition to clean energy, improve quality of life, and protect the environment.

Attend the webinar or watch the live stream: Tuesday, Sept.28 from 6-7:30 p.m. EDT
More Info/Register:
Sept 23 - Knox Chamber: Untapped Talent Workforce Event
Sept 28 - Kairos Power: Virtual Information Session on Hermes Low-Power Demonstration Reactor
Sept 29 - ORCC & ETEC: Business Lunch Live
Oct 4-8 - Innov865 Week
Oct 5 - Innov865: Startup Day 2021
Oct 5-7 - ETEBA: 2021 Business Opportunities & Technical Conference
Oct 6 - ARC: Appalachia Envisioned Virtual Conference
Oct 21 - Knox Chamber: Virtual Endeavor Summit 2021


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Living Lab, Biodiversity Hub: The Oak Ridge National Environ. Research Park

Anyone familiar with DOE's ORNL knows it’s a hub for world-class science. The nearly 33,000-acre space surrounding the lab is also unique. The Oak Ridge Reservation, is a hotspot for biodiversity and is home to more than 1,500 species of plants and animals.

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ANS Urges Congress to Address Availability of HALEU for Advanced Reactor Fuel

Congress needs to take swift action to build a domestic supply of high-assay low-enriched uranium (HALEU) to fuel advanced reactors, the American Nuclear Society declares in a recent letter to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

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UCOR Teams With Skilled Labor to Build Workforce

Recruiting the next generation of organized labor in the skilled trades is vital to EM’s important mission. Oak Ridge cleanup contractor UCOR continues working with labor organizations to address a shortage of skilled workers needed to perform cleanup projects in Oak Ridge and has initiated programs to develop this workforce.

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Manu Camps 2021
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Manufacturing Camps Showcase Expertise to Pre-College and Industry Professionals

Held at UT Knoxville, ORNL's MDF, and PSTCC, the recent series of camps taught participants computer numerically controlled (CNC) machining. Focused on training the current and future workforces who will be using this emerging method the camps were offered through America's Cutting Edge.

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LaunchTN Announced Recipients of SBIR/STTR Matching Grants

Launch Tennessee has announced the recipients of this year’s “Tennessee Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Matching Fund Grant Program,” with companies in East Tennessee taking a little more than half of the allotted $7 million.

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City of Oak Ridge Gets Closer to Building New Airport

The Oak Ridge City Council voted to approve $60,000 in legal fees to take land from a railroad for the proposed airport. DOE owns the land and plans to turn that over to the city if the airport project is approved. The proposed airport would support general aviation aircraft, used by business leaders to fly around the country in an effort to connect local innovation with the rest of the country.

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Mary Brown, Wife of Tom Rogers, Passes Away

Tom Rogers, ETEC past chairman, current Board member, and longtime friend, lost his wife, Mary Kathleen Brown last week. Tom is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the University of Tennessee Research Park at Cherokee Farm. Mary passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at her home in Knoxville on September 15. No services are planned at this time but will be scheduled at a later date. Her obituary can be found at the link below. Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom and their family.

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