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Five EDA Tech Hub proposals

LaunchTN endorsed five U.S. Economic Development Administration Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs (Tech Hub) proposals on behalf of the State of Tennessee.

The proposals are designed to reflect the diverse, transformative potential of Tennessee’s tech sectors, which include regional areas of Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and the Tri-Cities. 

Check out details about the 5 projects:

City: Chattanooga
Industry: Quantum Technology
Contact: Ellis Smith (esmith@chattanooga.gov)
Consortium members:

  • City of Chattanooga
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • CoLab
  • EPB
  • Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce
  • University of Tennessee Chattanooga
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Qubitekk
  • Brickyard Ventures
  • IonQ
  • Southeast Tennessee Development District
  • Urban League of Chattanooga
  • IBEW Local 175

City: Knoxville
Industry: Advanced Nuclear Energy
Contact: Tracy Boatner (tracy@eteconline.org)
Consortium members:

  • University of Tennessee Knoxville
  • University of Tennessee Research Foundation
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • City of Knoxville
  • East Tennessee Economic Council
  • East Tennessee Development District
  • Knoxville Chamber of Commerce
  • Boston Government Services

City: Memphis
Industry: Supply Chain & Logistics
Contact: Gwyn Fisher (gfisher@memphischamber.com)
Consortium members:

  • Greater Memphis Chamber
  • City of Memphis
  • University of Memphis
  • FedEx / DataWorks
  • Dunavant Enterprises
  • Ookla
  • Epicenter Memphis
  • Start Co.
  • Code Crew
  • River City Capital
  • City of West Memphis, AR
  • AEDC
  • University of Tennessee

City: Nashville
Industry: Data Storage and Management (Life Sciences)
Contact: Michael Skipper (mskipper@gnrc.org)
Consortium members: 

  • Blacks in Technology
  • Cumberland Emerging Technologies
  • Fisk University
  • Global Action Platform
  • Greater Nashville Regional Council
  • Greater Nashville Technology Council
  • Life Science Tennessee
  • Meharry Medical College
  • Metropolitan Government of Nashville-Davidson County
  • Nashville Bioscience
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Nashville Health Care Council
  • Nashville State Community College
  • Northern Middle Tennessee Workforce Board
  • Tennessee State University
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vanderbilt University Medical Center

City: Tri-Cities region
Industry: Synthetic Biology
Contact: Eric Jorgenson (jorgensone@etsu.edu)
Consortium members:

  • ETSU Research Corporation
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Sync Space
  • Niswonger Foundation
  • BioBuilder Foundation
  • BAE Systems
  • Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering
  • BioMADE
  • MicroByre
  • Ballad Health Systems
  • Bank of Tennessee
  • RC Content Studios
  • Crown Laboratories
  • Tennessee Hills
  • Northeast State Community College


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