Source: TVC | Release | August 2017
The Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC), a regional organization spanning 10 congressional districts in five states—Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina, has expanded its footprint to include Alabama’s Third Congressional District represented by Congressman Mike Rogers. The TVC’s mission is to promote important federal missions in the region, to work cooperatively to expand these missions and to leverage these assets for high-tech economic development.
“I’m impressed with the way the TVC connects people, ideas and opportunities in our five-state region,” said Rogers. “And I look forward to working with my congressional colleagues in including my district in this effort.”
Alabama’s third district includes Auburn University, which is among the few American universities designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant research center.
Dr. Rodney L. Robertson, executive director of the Auburn University Huntsville Research Center, will serve as Rogers’ representative on the TVC Board of Directors.
“Dr. Robertson and other members of the Auburn community have long participated in the work of the TVC and we’re pleased that Rep. Rogers’ district is now represented,” said Dr. John Mason, vice president for research and economic development at Auburn University.
The 11 members representing the region as part of the TVC Congressional Caucus include:
Alabama: Rep. Mike Rogers, Rep. Robert Aderholt Rep. Mo Brooks.
Kentucky: Rep. Harold Rogers
North Carolina: Rep. Mark Meadows
Tennessee: Rep. Phil Roe, Rep. John J. Duncan, Jr., Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, Rep. Scott DesJarlais, Rep. Diane Black
Virginia: Rep. Morgan Griffith
About the TVC:
The idea of a “science and technology corridor” in East Tennessee was the idea of former Governor, now Senator, Lamar Alexander in the early 1980s. Alexander was looking for ways to more effectively link the Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge, the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Valley Authority for their mutual benefit and to spur greater economic growth in the region.
More than a decade later, new Tennessee Congressman Zach Wamp advanced another idea – to hold an annual “Summit,” which first convened in 1995, to bring together government, business and academic leaders to draw attention to the vast science and technology resources in the Oak Ridge community and their impact on the region’s and state’s economy.
The merging together of the ideas of a “Corridor” and the “Summit,” has led to the creation of an award-winning, non-profit, regional economic development organization, The Tennessee Valley Corridor, with a board of directors representing 11 congressional districts in East and Middle Tennessee, North Alabama, Western North Carolina, Southwest Virginia and Eastern Kentucky. The TVC’s seeks to sustain existing federal missions in the Valley, to compete for new missions and to leverage those investments for private sector job growth by connecting people, ideas and opportunities in the region it serves.
Federal and regional assets in the TVC include: NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center, the U.S. Army and DoD commands on the Redstone Arsenal, the U.S. Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Complex, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory, National Nuclear Security Agency’s Y-12 National Security Complex, the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, Chattanooga’s SimCenter, the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, the Center for Rural Development and National Institute for Hometown Security, the National Safe Skies Alliance, the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, research universities and community colleges. The Center for Domestic Preparedness in Anniston will be incorporated as part of the Third Congressional District.
Each year, the premiere event of the organizations is the TVC National Summit that brings together 300-plus top regional leadership from academia, business, government and the community. Since the first TVC Summit was held in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, in 1995, the TVC has helped link the science and technology assets in the Tennessee Valley into a nationally recognized effort. Summits have been held in the Johnson City, Kingsport, Oak Ridge, Chattanooga, Cookeville, Nashville and Murfreesboro, Tennessee; Asheville, North Carolina; Huntsville, Alabama; Somerset, Kentucky and Washington, D.C. The 2018 TVC National Summit will be held in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, May 30-31.
For more information about the Tennessee Valley Corridor, please visit www.TennValleyCorridor.org.