More than Friday mornings…
The 2018 ETEC Work Plan
Each year the council’s leadership establishes a living work plan that focuses our collective efforts on growing the federal missions in East Tennessee, and creating opportunities for economic growth around those missions.
Fundamental to that work is communication–weekly meetings to share what is going on inside the federal programs, and also those factors that create new opportunities in the private sector. See our calendar section on this site for updates on our meetings and special events.
Also, we believe it is important to celebrate the successes of our members and outstanding individuals in our community (See the Order of the Muddy Boot and the Postma Young Professional Medal), and we find ways throughout the year to honor businesses for their good work.
The Council also advocates for new programs and new missions in the federal complex in Oak Ridge.
Each year stakeholder meetings are held to formulate the plan.
In 2018 the Council will:
1. Support ORNL, ORAU, TVA and UT Research and Development Opportunities:
- Nuclear – ETEC will continue its Nuclear Working Group, and host its second Nuclear Suppliers Workshop in Oak Ridge
- Computing – ETEC plans to create a data analytics working group, and explore opportunities for public private partnerships that take advantage of our unique assets.
- Advanced Manufacturing – ETEC will work with IACMI, TennSMART, and other partner organizations to increase awareness of Oak Ridge/UT/TVA technologies, and help our corporate members understand the new opportunities.
- Workforce – ETEC will continue to be active with educational programs, encouraging our members to be mentors, and increase interactions with local school systems, TCATs, community colleges and the universities. We will support ORAU/ORISE’s initiatives in internships, and other federal program opportunities. ETEC will also look for ways to help the workforce adapt to the jobs of the future.
2. Support National Security Programs:
- ETEC will continue to advocate for the re-capitalization of the Y-12 complex, and work with our members to explore new opportunities arising from the national security work here. Those include non-proliferation programs, cybersecurity initiatives, and work with other federal agencies.
3. Support Environmental Management and Reindustrialization:
- ETEC supports the continued work clean up the legacies of the Manhattan Project and put the land back to productive uses for our nation, our state and our community. We will work with DOE, its regulators, and our partners—CROET, industrial boards, and others—to put the properties back into productive use.
4. Support the Goals of the Industrial Development Community:
- Shovel ready parcels of land for new industrial users are needed.
- A conference center in Oak Ridge would be beneficial to the community.
- Entry level housing remains a challenge in Oak Ridge.
- Become a Smart City.
5. Communication is key. In order to tell the Oak Ridge story ETEC will:
- Prepare a report on DOE’s economic impact on the state of Tennessee in a way that can be delivered in print, public speaking, or in electronic media.
- Support the work of DOE, the National Park Service, the City of Oak Ridge and its organizations, and others on the new AMSE museum and potentially an event center adjacent to it to create a great place to tell the story.
- Continue to provide opportunities for our members to interact at weekly meetings, with state and federal elected officials, and to present ideas for the future.
Other initiatives that ETEC encourages: