TENNESSEE INNOVATION IN THE NEWS
Conducting Business With Purpose in Tennessee
The inevitable has happened: Millennials are now the largest group of consumers and the biggest part of the workforce in the U.S. In Davidson County, millennials now make up a third of the population, and the growth rate for that generation has ballooned 37.1 percent between 2007 and 2013. And for this age group, name recognition is not the only reason they’re attracted to work for or buy from major companies. One of the biggest priorities on their list? Whether a company is mission-driven or gives back.
HCA Investing $41M+ Into Nashville Campus
Nashville Business Journal
As part of ongoing renovations to its campus headquarters near Centennial Park, HCA Holdings Inc. is investing more than $40 million into new upgrades. Nashville Post reports on recent building permits to add a four-level parking garage with 550 spaces and a 14,500-square-foot addition to the company’s Building 4. The projects are set for completion in mid-to late-2017 and 2018, respectively.
How To Think Like an Innovator
It’s a safe bet that many Health:Further 2016 attendees this week were eager to learn about the latest cutting-edge innovations or be inspired to create disruptive new inventions of their own. Two speakers — Dennis Boyle, partner at the Ideo design consulting firm in Palo Alto, California, and Aimee Quirk, CEO of Louisiana-based innovationOchsner (iO) — delivered those people some food for thought, offering a glance into the best practices and mindsets of effective innovators.
Sustainability of Ag Tech Innovation Wave Examined in This Article
Tennessee is part of the agricultural technology innovation wave. There’s the Ag Innovation Development Group led by Pete Nelson out of the Memphis BioWorks Foundation and two newly authorized Rural Business Investment Companies being launched by Meritus Kirchner and Innova Memphis. How sustainable is this new sector? Here’s one of the more in-depth articles we’ve seen on the topic.
TED Talks Return to Memphis Next Week (This Weekend)
High Ground News
TEDxMemphis is back for its second year with another diverse lineup of speakers ready to share their “ideas worth spreading” on August 27. TED is a non-profit organization whose mission is to spread ideas via short and powerful talks. The organization started in 1984 as a conference to converge the topics of Technology, Entertainment and Design, but today nearly all topics are covered at TED events.
Tennessee Seeing Spike in Workplace Fatalities
The Administrator of the Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Steve Hawkins, urges employers and workers pay special attention to workplace safety and health after 22 Tennessee workers suffered fatal job-related injuries since January. “In the month of July alone, 10 Tennessee workers lost their lives in workplace accidents, devastating families, friends, co-workers and businesses,” said Mr. Hawkins. “Most all of these could have been prevented.”
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