One Voice Championing a Region of Opportunity
The 2017 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. This year the key issues coming to the fore are:

  • Supporting the modernization of the nation’s nuclear weapons complex
    • UPF construction
    • Infrastructure enhancements
  • Building on the scientific excellence
    • Supercomputing
    • Next target station for SNS
    • Fusion energy
    • Advanced Manufacturing
  • Finishing the cleanup work at ETTP and moving forward to the balance of the reservation
    • ETTP
    • Mercury and Y-12 initiatives
    • ORNL work and TRU wastes
  • Building the industrial infrastructure
    • The transition of ETTP to industry
    • TVA’s small modular reactor
    • The Oak Ridge Airport
    • Workforce development
    • Cyber defense
  • Strengthening our small business partners


Tactics for the end of this year and throughout 2017

  • Convening and celebrating
    • Friday meetings
    • Events in Washington DC
      • Engaging with the new administration
      • Congressional changes (notably in the House appropriations committee)
    • Working through changes in the M&O contracting community
    • Showcasing new opportunities for regional and state partners
      • Nuclear presentation to state leaders
      • Supporting the growth of CISC
      • Engaging UT’s new leadership team
    • Celebrating the Muddy Boot event
      • Refreshing the exhibit wall (with Ray Smith)
    • One Voice
      • City, local stakeholders
      • Contractors
      • Oak Ridge site offices of DOE

Economic and industrial development partners, ETEBA

Other initiatives that ETEC encourages:

SSCORE LogoCORE (State Collaborative on Reforming Education)

TN-First-logoTennessee FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)


TNAchievesTennessee Promise Mentor Program, tnAchieves