Chattanooga’s ties with Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the city’s ultra-fast internet were touted on Wednesday at the start of the two-day Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit here.
“The city’s partnership with ORNL is embedded in Chattanooga,” said U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., about the research connections and an office that the national lab has in the Scenic City.
Joe Ferguson, EPB chairman, said Chattanooga perhaps has “the largest and fastest fiber optic system in the world,” which is dubbed the Gig.
Ferguson told about 350 people at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga that the power distributor and the city are “delighted” with the ORNL connections.
The Tennessee Valley Corridor is a regional economic development organization focused on supporting federal science and technology missions in a five-state region.
The TVC promotes the 12 congressional districts in East and Middle Tennessee, North Alabama, Western North Carolina, Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia as one of the premier science and technology regions in the nation. The corridor includes such major federal facilities as the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Y-12 in Oak Ridge, the Redstone Arsenal and NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama and the Arnold Air Force Base in Tullahoma, Tennessee.