In the innovation world, differentiators are everything. What sets you apart is what creates your success in a crowded marketplace. When Launch Tennessee hosted its 36|86 conference last month, we were able to show off Tennessee entrepreneurs and the remarkable range of products and services they are creating. That base of talent is a differentiator for our state, and much of it is nurtured in our unique accelerator network. With nine sites around Tennessee, we have one of the largest, and most diverse, groups of incubator sites in the nation.
Chattanooga is one of six cities in the running to host WordCamp U.S. “WordCamps are held worldwide, but the official one has always been in San Francisco, until they made the decision recently to move WordCamp U.S. around to various cities,” Jeremy Moore, who helped put together Chattanooga’s application, said. WordCamps are informal, community-organized events put together by WordPress users. They focus on all things WordPress. Participants include people who range from casual users to serious developers.
Nashville Business Journal
In case you haven’t heard: Nashville’s tech scene is growing. Now we’ve ranked No. 9 on a new list of the best “up-and-coming cities for tech jobs,” compiled by ZipRecruiter. According to the list, “the city’s overall tech employment is only slightly higher than the national average,” but there are more than 20,000 local openings that “could increase the industry’s economic impact over the coming months.” The primary driver of that growth? The city’s health care scene.
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Burl Pence probably wouldn’t have given trailer skirts a shot had Dena Jackson and her Chattanooga startup, Greene Skirts, not come along and made it a pretty easy decision for him. Zero dollars is what the skirts — attachable flats installed on the underside of semi trailers to increase fuel efficiency — would cost, Jackson told him. An eco-nut, visionary and now entrepreneur, Jackson comes from the world of big trucking with a dream of making the country’s 18-wheelers a little easier on the environment — one 53-foot trailer at a time.
Entrepreneurs have to be positive, self-assured, tireless, persistent, visionary and unflappable, so it’s only natural to expect those who work with them to embrace the same persona. We were reminded of those characteristics recently during a visit with Mike Bradshaw, Executive Director at CO.LAB. After our first meeting in early 2013, I wrote an article that started with this lead: “It’s challenging to find an individual more excited about his current undertaking in a city that he loves than Chattanooga’s Mike Bradshaw.” Fast forward a few years to his fourth “GIGTANK,” and you see even more enthusiasm, if that is possible, for the accelerator program that has drawn considerable national attention.
Memphis Business Journal
For the K-12 grade teachers looking to sharpen their STEM skills this summer, Arkansas State University has you covered. The university is hosting a STEM Leadership Conference Friday, July 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at its Delta Center for Economic Development in Jonesboro. The Arkansas State University Delta STEM Education Center, in conjunction with the Colleges of Science and Mathematics and Education and Behavioral Science, is hosting the conference, sponsored by Verizon.
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