We are excited to announce that this year’s National Summit will convene participants from across the Corridor and beyond for a five-week series of online sessions beginning Thursday, July 16th.

We have an amazing lineup of keynote speakers!

As large summer conferences and mass gatherings remain in doubt amidst continued social distancing recommendations from public health officials, the Tennessee Valley Corridor has decided to shift its Annual Summit and 25th anniversary celebration to a series of special virtual events this summer.

We hope you will mark your calendars and join us each Thursday from July 16th through August 13th at 1pm ET / Noon CT as we highlight many of the same speakers, topics and organizations.

Registration to this year’s Summit Series is free of charge in efforts to maximize participation and expand our Tennessee Valley Corridor partnerships through this new virtual format during the continued COVID-19 crisis.

 

Mark Your Calendars for the Sessions You Don’t Want to Miss!

Click on each session below for more details.

In this session hear about the Appalachian Highlands most important assets and plans within the region to promote more compelling stories to achieve greater economic growth.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Congressman Phil RoeTennessee’s 1st Congressional District
Tim ThomasAppalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair

FEATURING:

Senator Lamar Alexander (video)
Former Congressman Zach Wamp (video)
Dr. Bill GreerPresident, Milligan University
Bill TindalTVC Board Chair

PANELISTS:

Dr. Brian NolandPresident, East Tennessee State University
Gene CosseyExecutive Director, Tri-Cities Airport Authority
Dr. Mike BrowderCEO, Bristol Tennessee Essential Services

Keynote Speakers: Congressman Phil Roe & Tim Thomas

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A majority of the TVC’s annual $75 billion in federal investments are made in the historic communities of Huntsville and Oak Ridge. Learn more about the federal missions based there and how they impact our nation and world.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Jim BridenstineNASA Administrator

FEATURING:

Congressman Chuck FleischmannTennessee’s 3rd Congressional District
Kristina HendrixDirector of Communications, Dynetics
Kevin BumpusBusiness Development Manager, UniTech

PANELISTS:

Andy PagePresident/CEO, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
Jay MullisManager, Environmental Management, DOE Oak Ridge
Dr. Thomas ZachariaDirector, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Preston JonesAssociate Technical Director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Dr. Philip OldhamPresident, Tennessee Tech University

Keynote Speaker: NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine

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Reliable and affordable power is critical to the TVC’s federal missions and the region’s overall economic growth. Learn how our public power model creates unique local, state and federal partnerships.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:

Jeff LyashCEO, TVA
Jeff DykesCEO, BrightRidge

FEATURING:

Bert RobinsonDirector, District, State & Local Government Relations, TVA
Betsey Kirk McCallEVP, Market Strategy & Corporate Operations, Seven States Power Corporation

PANELISTS:

Greg WilliamsEVP/General Manager, Appalachian Electric Cooperative
Mary PileDirector, Health Integrated Business and Engineering Program, University of Tennessee
Cindy HerronVP, Energy Right Solutions, TVA
Gabe BolasPresident/CEO, Knoxville Utilities Board

Keynote Speakers: Jeff Lyash & Jeff Dykes

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Many TVC federal partners provide leadership in addressing our nation’s national security challenges. Hear discussions about the scope of these threats and how our region’s expertise and technology address them.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Admiral Charles RichardCommander, U.S. Strategic Command

FEATURING:

Sean WilliamsPresident/CEO, Protection Strategies, Inc.
Gard ClarkVP, Energy & Environment, Teledyne Brown

PANELISTS:

Ted SherryVice President, Performance Excellence, Consolidated Nuclear Security, LLC
Blake ScottConsolidated Nuclear Security, LLC
John StewartPresident, Nuclear Fuel Services, Inc.
Skip BartolAssociate Dean for Research, Auburn University
Jason CokerVice-Director, Arnold Engineering Development Complex

Keynote Speaker: Four Star Admiral Charles Richard, Commander of U.S. Strategic Command

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An educated and motivated workforce is the major challenge facing business and federal partners in the TVC. Hear discussions about workforce strategies creating local, state and federal partnerships.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER:

Dr. Penny SchwinnCommissioner, Tennessee Department of Education

FEATURING:

Congressman Chuck FleischmannTennessee’s 3rd Congressional District
Randy BoydPresident, University of Tennessee
Mark CoxSenior Vice President, Eastman
Greg VitalPresident/CEO, Morning Pointe

PANELISTS:

Dr. Stacey PattersonVice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development, University of Tennessee
Lottie RyansDirector of Workforce & Literacy Initiative, First Tennessee Development District
Heath McMillianExecutive Director of Economic and Workforce Development, Northeast State Community College
Tanya ForemanEducation Manager, Eastman

Keynote Speaker: Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn

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