Tri-Cities, TN/VA to Host Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit at Milligan

Science and Technology Corridor Celebrates 25 Years of Innovation in Transforming Our Region 

Johnson City, Tenn. – Thanks to the leadership of Congressman Phil Roe, the Tri-Cities, TN/VA and Appalachian Highlands region will play host to hundreds of top science and technology leaders from across the Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC), when the organization convenes its annual National Summit at Milligan College, May 27-28, 2020. 

Representing twelve congressional districts working together across the Tennessee Valley region in Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Alabama, the award-winning TVC regional economic development group has supported federal science and technology missions in the Corridor for more than two decades. 

The TVC’s annual National Summit is a two-day event designed to share information and advance collaboration between our region’s top federal assets with key educational institutions, local chambers and civic organizations, businesses, and political leaders. 

“There are important federal missions being conducted and tremendous technological discoveries occurring all across the Tennessee Valley Corridor,” said U.S. Rep. Phil Roe. “In hosting the TVC National Summit next year in Johnson City, our region has the opportunity to share our story and to look for ways to partner and leverage the terrific work taking place here in our part of the Corridor.” 

Registration to attend the 2020 TVC National Summit at Milligan College will open soon, but Summit Sponsorship opportunities, which include registrations and exhibiting at the Summit’s trade show, are available now at Organizers suggest sponsors should sign up early as space for both attendees and exhibits will be limited. 

Major Sponsors for the important event already include: East Tennessee State University, Eastman, Seven States Power Corporation, Protection Strategies, Inc., UniTech Services Group, Dynetics, Nuclear Fuel Services, and Tri-Cities Airport / Aerospace Park. 

Over the past 25 years, the TVC has worked to advance important federal missions and expand federal investments in the Corridor to create more private sector job opportunities across the region. Today, federal investment in the region tops $75 billion annually and directly employs more than 150,000 across 82 different federal agencies in the Corridor. 

Milligan, the first private college to host the summit, is committed to playing its role in helping educate and prepare the next generation of leaders in science and technology. In 2016, Milligan added degrees in mechanical and electrical engineering, with support from local industry leaders. And in 2018, Milligan launched a new master’s degree in information systems to equip working professionals with the best practices in analysis, design, communications and security for information systems development and implementation. 

“As we begin our transition year from Milligan College to Milligan University, we could not more pleased than having the opportunity to showcase the work taking place both on our campus, and the Tri-Cities region,” said Dr. Bill Greer, president of Milligan College. “We hope everyone will make plans now to attend.” 

Sessions at the 2020 Summit will be devoted to showcasing science and technology in the Tri-Cities region, and key updates and discussions from across the Corridor related to America’s national security, energy and environment, education and workforce, and science and space exploration. 

For more information about the Tennessee Valley Corridor and the National Summit and to learn how to sponsor the event, visit, or email TVC Executive Director Darrell Akins, at dakins@akinsps. 

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