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October 28th, 2016

October 28th, 2016


63rd Annual “Governor’s Conference” Continues to Emphasize “Team Tennessee” Theme
The 63rd annual “Governor’s Conference on Economic and Community Development” opened yesterday in Nashville with what Commissioner Randy Boyd said was a record attendance. During the opening day, attendees heard Boyd and other speakers continue to emphasize the “Team Tennessee” brand that was unveiled at last year’s conference. Even Martin Frey, the keynote speaker at lunch, wove the theme into his unique presentation that chronicled lessons he learned as he became the only person who has thus far climbed the world’s seven summits – the highest peaks on each continent – and also sailed the seven seas.

Alexander Says $2.2 Million in Grant Funding is “Good News For Economic Growth in East Tennessee” 
The Chattanoogan
Senator Lamar Alexander released the following statement on Wednesday after the Appalachian Regional Commission announced three grants totaling $2.2 million in funding for projects in two East Tennessee counties, including Marion County. “This $2.2 million in grant funding is good news for economic growth in East Tennessee. The Marion County Regional Institute of Higher Education will be able to help even more people in the region earn technical certificates and associates degrees so they can find good-paying jobs and provide for their families.

Denso, Gridsmart Demonstrate Traffic Safety Technology
Knoxville News Sentinel
Gridsmart Technologies and Denso International America demonstrated Thursday how each company’s technology can work together to create safer traffic flow through intersections. The demonstration showcased vehicle to infrastructure communication between a prototype of Denso’s 5.9 GHz radio and Gridsmart’s single camera intersection management system, which will provide a link between vehicles with and without smart transportation technology, Gridsmart CEO and co-founder Bill Malkes said.

DoorDash Expanding to Williamson County
The Tennessean
Food delivery service DoorDash is expanding to Cool Springs and Franklin. The business, which came to Nashville in July, will be available in Williamson County starting Friday. “We’ve grown incredibly quickly,” said Alex Kown, Nashville city manager for DoorDash. “A lot of our customers we serve and restaurants we work with have either locations or live out there.”

LITE to Use $40K Grant for Student Programs
Memphis Daily News
Fresh off of receiving a $40,000 grant, Hardy Farrow is poised to take his nonprofit program to the next level. Farrow’s organization, Let’s Innovate Through Education (LITE), recently was one of 60 applicants nationwide to receive a grant from the State Farm Youth Advisory Board. The organization, which aims to turn minority students into entrepreneurs, was among 750 nonprofits to apply.

Startup Week Showcases Chattanooga’s Rapid Entrepreneurial Growth
When Chattanooga Startup Week launched three years ago, the hope was that startup founders, community supporters, investors and other tech followers would take notice. Three years in, the event just wrapped up its most successful run to date, with more than 170 events packed into a full schedule. Startup Week focuses on multiple avenues of programming in a dozen categories. It’s designed to range from hands-on, deep dives into specifics to social mixers and other gatherings to foster collaboration and community growth.

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