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March 10th, 2015

March 10th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

How a $24 Million Investment is Boosting Franklin-Based Digital Reasoning
Nashville Business Journal
Franklin-based tech company Digital Reasoning led the way in a strong year for venture capital in Nashville in 2014, closing on a $24 million round led by big-name backers Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse. Nearly six months later, unsurprisingly, the new funding is having the biggest impact on the company’s financial services offerings, according to Rob Metcalf, Digital Reasoning’s president.

Life Science TN ‘ups its game’ on Capitol Hill in Pursuit of Funding
Venture Nashville Connections
The life science Tennessee  (LSTN) annual visit to the General Assembly on Capitol Hill during March 17-18 is shaping-up to be more than a field trip. LSTN is “continuing to increase our role and up our game” in pursuit of $85MM in state funding that would over several years produce additional capital for bioscience growth in Tennessee, said Steve Bares, chairman of the LSTN board of directors during a March 5 VNC interview.

Mayor Andy Berke Joins TechHire Initiative to Train Local Workforce and Create High Tech Jobs
Chattanoogan.com
Mayor Andy Berke announced Monday that the city is joining forces with Unum, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee, and others to launch a new TechHire Initiative to increase access to technology training and IT jobs for Chattanoogans. The nationwide kick-off for the TechHire Initiative will occur today at the National League of Cities (NLC) summit in Washington D.C. where President Obama will announce 21 communities, including Chattanooga, to lead this effort.

Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga Included in Obama’s TechHire Jobs Initiative
Knoxville News Sentinel
President Barack Obama on Monday unveiled TechHire, an initiative to invest $100 million in training and employing technology workers in  21 cities in the U.S., including Memphis, Nashville and Chattanooga. Memphis and other cities in 20 regions will compete for $100 million in Department of Labor grants to train and employ “disconnected” young people and low-skill workers with child-care responsibilities, disabilities and English language limitations.

Nashville Entrepreneur Center Hosts Sip It!
The Tennessean
The Nashville Entrepreneur Center and The Tennessean want you to grab a coffee with us and Sip It! Sip It! is a morning coffee series where you can expect to hear from an exciting guest speaker to lead a discussion and answer questions with some of Nashville’s most active entrepreneurs and leaders. The series will focus on stories of individuals and industries that have affected the rise of Nashville as one of the top cities for business and entrepreneurship in the United States.

ORNL’s New 3D Printer May Be World’s Largest
Knoxville News Sentinel
Oak Ridge National Laboratory has a new supersized 3D printer — perhaps the largest in the world — and plans to shift its research on additive manufacturing over the next few years to emphasize working with metals such as steel and aluminum.

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