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October 28th, 2015

October 28th, 2015

TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS

Dura-Line to Open New Manufacturing Facility and R&D Center in Clinton
Tennessee ECD
Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Commissioner Randy Boyd along with Dura-Line officials announced today the company will open a new manufacturing facility and research and development center in Clinton. The communication and energy infrastructure manufacturer will invest over $25 million and create 70 new jobs in Anderson County. Those jobs will include engineering, research and development and manufacturing jobs. “I want to thank Dura-Line for choosing to open a new facility in Anderson County,” Boyd said. “When companies choose to grow their business in our state, it reinforces our commitment to aligning the training and education of Tennessee’s workforce with specialized job opportunities for employers like Dura-Line. It is rewarding to see Dura-Line’s continued success and growth.”

MyCollegeSTREAM Opens Social Media Doors
Memphis Daily News
When high school students choose a college, more than financial aid availability and potential majors go into the decision. Brian Summerhill said the purpose of his startup is to make the process easier for prospective students, their parents and guidance counselors. He is the CEO of MyCollegeSTREAM, an education technology company that created a Web-based app that uses college social media accounts to engage with students. The service helps students research       post-high school opportunities such as trade schools, community colleges and public and private universities. “We use social media to differentiate ourselves and help kids find the right fit,” Summerhill said. “Other things out there might focus on tuition, financial aid and degrees. But the day-to-day activities that will keep the student at the college changes.”

Nashville Tech Company Named One of the Best by Entrepreneur Magazine
Nashville Business Journal
A Nashville-based tech company made the cut of 10,000 to be named one of the best entrepreneur companies in America. Concept Technology was listed as one of Entrepreneur magazine’s Best Practicers for 2015. Best Practicers are awarded for being “the kinds of companies that execute on everything you read about in management textbooks, from meeting aggressive growth targets to taking appropriate risk to attracting the best employees. They would be voted Most Likely to Succeed in high school. Their competitors are jealous of their good looks.”

Seun Erinle Describes What Makes Startups Successful
The Chattanoogan
In the wake of Startup Week, it’s clear that Chattanooga is fast becoming a type of Southeastern Silicon valley. Between Lamp Post, CO. LAB, and the dozen other organizations that have been designed to get fledgling projects off the ground, there’s a new product or initiative stepping up in the city each week.  But they don’t just pop out of thin air. These projects and businesses need someone to kindle them into existence, fighting to make their startup an established part of the community. Seun Erinle is one of those in the trenches, and on Friday, the self-described “human, designer, entrepreneur, and teacher” spoke at a Society of Work event to outline what she thinks every startup should keep in mind when launching.

Snapshots & Observations from the World’s Largest Conference for Women Engineers
SouthernAlpha
If anyone needed some evidence why young women should at least consider a career in any engineering field, setting foot in the career fair at WE15 should be more than enough. The world’s largest gathering of women engineers, organized by the Society of Women Engineers, had over 300 groups sign up to be a part of their career fair, and they brought in more than just a few brochures and a makeshift banner to convince these young engineers about a future with their company. Groups, including Tesla, Lockheed Martin, NSA, and many more, filled the large portion of the Music City Center with moving objects above, and vehicles on the ground — all ready to hire those who hadn’t even graduated college, though having a job lined up before graduation seems to be more of a norm for an engineering major. Linked is a full recap and photos from the event!

Knoxville News Sentinel
Dry Ridge Farm’s solar project in Loudon County is one of 34 such efforts in Tennessee to benefit from nearly $2 million in grants from U.S. Department of Agriculture. The department’s Rural Energy for America Program funds energy efficiency improvements and renewable-energy systems for rural small businesses and agricultural producers. Dry Ridge Farm, a full-service equestrian boarding and training facility founded by then-UT student Alex Green in 2010, received more than $25,000 with the help of Knoxville contractor Aries Energy. “Dry Ridge Farm has installed a 27.36 kilowatt solar PV system. … The USDA grant offers rural businesses up to 25 percent of the total cost of their renewable energy project,” said Harvey Abouelata, founder of Aries.

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