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News and Notes

winter_scene_smallerUpcoming 2014 ETEC Programs

January 17 – Steve Sanders, B&W Y-12

January 24 – Board Meeting

January 31 – Innovation Valley Competitive Airfare Partnership Program

February 7 – Major General Garrett Harencak

Other Upcoming 2014 Events
Click here for ETEC’s calendar of upcoming conferences, meetings and events.

Free Small Business Start-Up Seminar, presented by Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Thursday, January 30th at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, contact 865-483-2668 or for more information, registration is required.

Free Affordable Care Act Seminar for Small Business Owners, presented by Tennessee Small Business Development Center, Wednesday, February 5th at the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce, contact 865-483-2668 or for more information, registration is required.

News from DOE communities and the world around us

House ready to approve budget of more than $1 trillion

Source: Alan Fram | AP

Shunning the turmoil of recent budget clashes, Congress is ready to approve a massive $1.1 trillion spending bill for this year, a compromise financing everything from airports to war costs and brimming with victories and setbacks for both parties. Read more ….

Obama names Bard and Sessler Enrico Fermi Award recipients

Source: DOE Press Release

President Obama has named Dr. Allen J. Bard and Dr. Andrew Sessler as recipients of the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the government’s oldest and most prestigious awards for scientific achievement. Read more…. 

Tennessee named top state for economic development by Business Facilities magazine

Source: Dave Flessner | Chattanooga Times Free Press

Tennessee is the “2013 State of the Year,” according to Business Facilities magazine. Read more ….

Google invests in hardware by buying Nest Labs

Source: James O’Toole | CNN Money

The search giant announced Monday that it’s buying connected device maker Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. Read more ….

Corker pushes for continued commitment to nuclear modernization

Source:John Huotari | Oak Ridge Today

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker has called on the Obama administration to maintain its commitment to nuclear modernization in next year’s budget and include the necessary funding in the fiscal year that starts in October. Read here ….

Personnel News

Spencer leaves Y-12, Richardson to take over Feb. 1

Source: The Oak Ridger

The Babcock & Wilcox Co. announced today that Dave Richardson will become president and general manager of its affiliate, Babcock & Wilcox Technical Services Y-12 LLC (B&W Y-12) on Feb. 1. Read here ….

January 2014 Breakfast Sponsor

Thank you to S&ME for sponsoring breakfast this month.


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