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January 26th, 2016

January 26th, 2016

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

CEO Q&A with Richard Hendrickson of Lifetime Products
Tennessee ECD
Lifetime Products, Inc. is the leader in blow-molded plastic products and has applied innovation and cutting-edge technology in plastics and metals to create a family of affordable lifestyle products that feature superior strength and durability. Its products range from chairs, basketball hoops and outdoor sheds to kayaks and paddleboards. Lifetime announced last November it will locate a new manufacturing and distribution center in Knox County, creating 500 jobs. The news was made public at an event attended by Gov. Haslam, Commissioner Boyd, Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett and members of Lifetime’s leadership team.

CO.LAB Holding “Pitch Night” for 11 Companies Tomorrow
Teknovation
Chattanooga’s CO.LAB is hosting a “Pitch Night” this Wednesday (January 27) for the 11 companies that just graduated from the organization’s 100-day fall accelerator. The event begins at 5:30 p.m.on the fifth floor of the Edney Building at 11th and Market Streets. Click here to read more.

@GaryVee: Parenting for Success with Kid Entrepreneurs
Nooga.com
Can you raise a kid to be an entrepreneur? Is it possible to nurture an entrepreneurial skillset in your child early on? As someone who grew up knowing I wanted to be an entrepreneur, wanting to run my own businesses, and now with two kids of my own, these kinds of questions intrigue me. Growing up, I was lucky to have parents who were incredibly supportive of me. While I was failing math class, they recognized something different in me: the ability to become a great entrepreneur.

JPMorgan Writes Big Check for Nashville Tech Council
Nashville Business Journal
The Nashville Technology Council is launching another initiative to increase the supply of tech workers in the Nashville area, this time with the support of a $100,000 investment from JPMorgan Chase & Co. Called the Nashville Technology Accelerated Learning Project, the initiative will involve a needs assessment of local job data versus employers’ hiring data, followed by an alignment of training programs with current and projected workforce skills requirements, according to a news release.

The US Digital Divide: Who Gets High-Speed Internet?
The Global Herald
TechKnow visits the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee, to explore how the city came to have the fastest Internet in the country. The municipal power company, the Electric Power Board (EPB) set up “The Gig” fibre optic network in 2010 to enable a smart electricity grid, which also brought ultra high-speed Internet to Chattanooga’s citizens. But to get this fibre-optic service, Chattanooga had to go up against Comcast, the country’s largest cable company, and the state cable association, which sued the EPB twice to try and stop them from going ahead with “The Gig”.

White House Honors TechTown CEO
Chattanooga Times Free Press
The White House will recognize TechTown CEO Cordell Carter, II on Tuesday as one of nine individuals picked as a “Champion of Change.” Carter, who came to Chattanooga last year after serving as a director for US. training programs for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is being recognized for his work in leading the TechTown programs in Chattanooga. Carter, who will be honored as a Champion of Change in Computer Education, will  share his experiences in training young people at the downtown coding school that opened in 2015.

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