Many of the TVC’s strongest partners joined together to form the TVNEC to advance nuclear energy as one of the most obvious ways to help meet America’s rising need for new sources of safe, clean and abundant energy, and to create a supportive manufacturing infrastructure that will reportedly create thousands of new jobs in the Tennessee Valley.

TVC_Science_RGBThanks to three recent industry forums held in Chattanooga, Huntsville, Al., and Oak Ridge, Tn., an initiative to help plan the future of the nuclear power industry in the Tennessee Valley Corridor is off to a fast start.

The well-attended meetings were hosted by the Tennessee Valley Nuclear Energy Coalition, an initiative of the Tennessee Valley Corridor.

Many of the TVC’s strongest partners joined together to form the TVNEC to advance nuclear energy as one of the most obvious ways to help meet America’s rising need for new sources of safe, clean and abundant energy, and to create a supportive manufacturing infrastructure that will reportedly create thousands of new jobs in the Tennessee Valley.

The TVNEC is partnering with Deloitte Consulting to conduct a market analysis and develop business plans for three primary focus areas important to the future of America’s nuclear industry:
1) Growing a regional nuclear supply chain cluster for new job creation. 2) Evaluating the region’s potential for new ultra-heavy forging capabilities.
3) Exploring how to deploy small nuclear-powered modular reactors to help support the region’s growing energy needs.

Earlier this year, the TVNEC was awarded a planning grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration to help develop and support collaborative efforts in these three focus areas.

Over the last several weeks, the TVNEC held three regional forums with business and community leaders to define and document the benefits in the region and to develop strategies to grow and tie together a qualified and strong base of nuclear suppliers throughout the Corridor.

Combined, nearly 200 people attended the meetings to give their input and feedback on the strengths and weaknesses of the nuclear power industry in the Tennessee Valley and to help with the development of regional business plans.

“We had representation from all of the leading engineering, procurement and construction contractors as well as established and new suppliers in the nuclear industry,” said Gary Gilmartin, director of the TVNEC. “We confirmed that the Tennessee Valley is the place for new nuclear job growth thanks to our proximity to new nuclear projects and the fact that we have some of the best nuclear worker training, from advanced degrees to skilled crafts, in the nation.”

Input was also provided to the TVNEC on the desires and needs for a new nuclear generation source from Small Modular Reactors. The forums also helped generate greater private sector awareness and interest in the TVNEC.

“These three forums were a huge success for the TVNEC and really the entire Tennessee Valley region,” said Mr. Gilmartin. “The Tennessee Valley Corridor clearly has the existing infrastructure that has served the nuclear industry for years, and now we are uniquely positioned to lead the way in meeting the nation’s rising need for safe, clean, abundant energy.”

The TVNEC is a coalition of interested nuclear energy and economic development organizations in the Tennessee Valley Corridor region dedicated to advancing the expansion of the nuclear industry in the Tennessee Valley which can result in regional economic development wins through the attraction of new business and job creation.

The TVNEC steering committee has joined with the TVC and the Tennessee Valley Corridor Foundation to make this initiative possible. The TVNEC steering committee currently includes representatives from ATC Nuclear, Burns and Roe, EnergX, EnergySolutions, Merrick & Company, Nuclear Renaissance Advisory Team (Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce, Hamilton County, Southeast Industrial Development Corporation), Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Siskin Steel & Supply Company, State of Tennessee, Stein Construction, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Tennessee Valley Authority, The Enterprise Center and Y-12 National Security Complex.

Source: News Release | Tennessee Valley Corridor as posted in The Chattanoogan.com