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January 5th, 2016

January 5th, 2016


40 Under 40: Knoxville’s Best and Brightest
Knoxville News Sentinel
They’re innovators, value creators and agents of change. They work for the largest employers, small businesses and for themselves. They’re shared passion is making Knoxville a better community. They are the Business Journal’s 2015 40 under Forty, a group of young leaders who are leaving their mark on Knoxville through their professional and philanthropic efforts. Contributing writer Laura Ayo interviewed each honoree and wrote the accompanying stories. It’s a task she’s taken on since we began the program nine years ago.

CodeScience Experiences Fast Growth; Leaders Looking to Hire
Chattanooga company CodeScience has experienced fast growth in recent years, and leaders are predicting a similar trend this year. “The company grew … faster than anyone could have projected in 2013,” operations director Coni Thomas said. The company is a professional services startup that enables organizations to deploy strategic business processes into the cloud. CodeScience began as a Salesforce product development outsourcing solution, creating products for the AppExchange.

Great Year Behind, Better Year Ahead
Tennessee ECD Commissioner Randy Boyd
In 2013 and 2014, Tennessee won “State of the Year” for economic development by Business Facilities magazine, and in 2014 set an all-time job commitment record of 24,221 new jobs. I knew coming into this job that I had a hard act to follow. However, I discovered almost immediately that I had inherited an amazing team that had the talent to continue to set records. And they did! 2015 was literally the best year in economic development in the state of Tennessee’s history.

Tennessee Entrepreneurship: 2015 in Review
Charlie Brock for The Tennessean
2015 was a year filled with incredible activity and tremendous traction throughout Tennessee’s business community. More and more people are looking at Tennessee as a leader on innovative ways to grow businesses and as a state with the right ingredients to build a sustainable ecosystem. We at Launch Tennessee help tell the story and initiate some of the programming in our mission to make Tennessee the No. 1 place for entrepreneurs to start and grow a company. Judging from the 2015 program updates below, the past year has been filled with great success and has set the stage for what will be a very exciting 2016.

UT-ORNL Breakthrough Aims to Improve Tech Gadgets, TVs
Tennessee Today
Phones, tablets, computers, and even televisions use the technology, which relies on substances known as transparent conductive films. All but a small fraction of those films are made from a particular class of oxides that, although they do the job very effectively, contain rare and costly elements. Now, thanks to a breakthrough led by UT’s College of Engineering and Oak Ridge National Laboratory, that problem could soon be in the past.

Venture Nashville Connections
Matt Largen CEO of Williams County Chamber of Commerce, confirmed the group’s “first concrete steps” toward closer partnership with the Nashville Entrepreneur Center, in the form of the EC’s “Pre-Flight” course for would-be entrepreneurs. Largen said he had wanted for several years to ally more closely with the NEC, adding that the idea for taking this step was authored by NEC CEO Stuart McWhorter during a luncheon meeting of the two men. McWhorter also confirmed the program, adding that NEC Educational Programming Director John Murdock is on point.

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