Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2020 TVC Virtual Summit Series

Though we were disappointed when the 25th Anniversary National Summit had to be shifted to a virtual format, thanks to the generous support from our Summit sponsors and Leadership Council and because of your willingness to log in each week and engage with our panels, this year’s Virtual Summit was a big success.

Nearly 600 people from across the Corridor tuned in over the five-week series to hear from an amazing lineup of keynote presenters and ask questions during our informative, engaging panel discussions.

During the final session of the Virtual Summit, Congressman Phil Roe was presented the 2020 TVC Corridor Champion Award. Thank you to Congressman Roe for your dedication to the members and mission of the Tennessee Valley Corridor.

Click below to watch the live-recorded events and read analysis from each session. Plus, find agendas, speaker bios and session sponsors.

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.

TVC celebrates 25th anniversary with first session in five-part series that continues next week

It was not the type of celebration that Darrell Akins, John Crisp and the leadership of the Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) organization planned at the beginning of 2020 to commemorate the silver anniversary of the annual “TVC National Summit” series, but those plans were clearly turned upside down with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Thomas Zacharia challenges region to think really big during yesterday’s “TVC Virtual Summit Series”

It was not the type of celebration that Darrell Akins, John Crisp and the leadership of the Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) organization planned at the beginning of 2020 to commemorate the silver anniversary of the annual “TVC National Summit” series, but those plans were clearly turned upside down with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

Sponsored by:

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.

Third session of “TVC Virtual Summit Series” casts spotlight on importance of public power

It was “hump day,” so to speak, for the “Tennessee Valley Corridor’s Virtual Summit Series” yesterday with a focus on the important role that public power plays in the economic vitality of the multi-state region.

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
Ozlem KilicAssociate Dean of Academic & Student Affairs, Tickle College of Engineering, UT Knoxville
Pete OwensVP, Marketing and Public Relations, The Dollywood Company
Cindy HerronVP, Energy Right Solutions, TVA
Mike Bolin, Vice President, Knoxville Utilities Board

Keynote Speakers: Jeff Lyash & Jeff Dykes

Sponsored by:

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.

Sean Williams paints a sobering picture during fourth session of the “TVC Virtual Summit Series”

The President and Chief Executive Officer of Knoxville-based Protection Strategies Incorporated (PSI) painted a very sobering picture in his opening comments during yesterday’s fourth session of the “Tennessee Valley Corridor’s (TVC) Virtual Summit Series.”

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

Sponsored by:

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.

Outgoing Congressman Phil Roe presented the “Corridor Champion Award” as the TVC silver anniversary celebration comes to a close

After four 90-minute virtual sessions the past four Thursdays, the Tennessee Valley Corridor commemorated the 25th anniversary of its annual Summit series yesterday with a closing session focused on the all-important topic of education and workforce development and the presentation of the “Corridor Champion Award.”

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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Make Plans for the 2021 TVC National Summit

With hopeful anticipation of once again convening in-person, we are excited to announce that the 2021 National Summit will be held on the campus of UT Knoxville in June 2021.

UT President Randy Boyd and UT Knoxville Chancellor Donde Plowman announced the news during the final session of the 2020 TVC Virtual Summit Series.

More information coming soon!

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