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August 29th, 2016

August 29th, 2016


Fast Internet Can Lure Businesses, Says TN Entrepreneurship Advocate
Xconomy Wisconsin
Ultrafast broadband is increasingly a must-have for high-tech companies, especially those in telemedicine, 3D printing, and other emerging industries. But currently, connection speeds vary widely by location—states like Tennessee are home to cities that have built high-speed fiber Internet networks while other states, such as Wisconsin, are trying to play catch-up. An Internet signal can travel a variety of paths to reach your wired or wireless device. It can arrive through a traditional cable modem and Wi-Fi router, be beamed down from a cellular tower, or come in via a point-to-point “fixed wireless” system, just to name a few common standards.

Marmot and RootsRated to Embark on Fall in Love With The Outside Road Tour

Chattanooga, Tennessee – Marmot, the outdoor apparel, equipment, and sporting goods company, and RootsRated, the outdoor media platform, are teaming up to launch a nationwide road tour and grassroots pint night series in the fall of 2016. Dubbed the Fall in Love With The Outside Road Tour, the pint night series will include over 25 in-store events held at top speciality outfitters across the country.

Obama Administration Proposes ‘Startup Visa’
Memphis Business Journal
The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services proposed a new rule Friday that would allow international entrepreneurs additional years of U.S. residency to start and build their businesses. “Today marks an important step in attracting the world’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to start the next generation of great companies and create jobs here in the United States,” White House technology directors Tom Kalil and Doug Rand wrote in a blog post. The proposition is called “International Entrepreneur Rule” (you can read the details here) and would allow startup founders to stay in the United States for up to two years, followed by a period of up to three years if they meet “additional benchmarks.”

ORNL, Boeing to Receive Guinness World Record Title for Largest Solid 3D Printed Item
Knoxville News Sentinel
At 11 a.m. today media will watch an official Guinness judge measure and award the title of largest solid 3D printed item to ORNL and Boeing for a 3D printed tool used in manufacturing the Boeing 777X passenger jet, according to a news release from ORNL. ORNL printed the lower-cost tool in only 30 hours using carbon fiber and ABS thermoplastic composite materials. At 17.5 feet long, 5.5 feet wide and 1.5 feet tall, the structure is comparable in length to a large sport utility vehicle, weighs approximately 1,650 pounds and exceeds the required minimum size of 0.3 cubic meters, or approximately 10.6 cubic feet, to achieve the title.

‘The Lab’ Offers Support for Local Fashion Designers
High Ground News
Abby Phillips, Memphis Fashion Week founder, has opened an incubator to kickstart the newly created Memphis Fashion Design Network, which supports and cultivates local designers and artists in the industry. Located in a Quonset hut at 64 Flicker Street tucked behind the Shelby County Board of Education offices, The Lab held its grand opening weekend on August 19 and 20. During the two days, designers from Memphis Fashion Week’s Emerging Memphis Designer Project and other local designers offered jewelry and apparel for sale to the public.

USDA Rural Development Invests in Three Renewable Energy Projects in Southeastern Tennessee
The Chattanoogan
USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode announced Friday multiple Rural Energy for America Program projects in three Southeastern Tennessee counties. Rural Development funds will be used to assist farmers and rural small businesses in developing renewable energy systems and making energy-efficiency improvements to their operations. “I applaud the efforts of farmers and small business owners looking at ways of improving the financial stability of their companies while limiting environmental impacts,” Dir. Goode said. “Their environmental-friendly efforts will produce clean, green energy as they serve their customers.”

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