The Tennessee Valley Corridor focuses its efforts on initiatives that further the mission of the TVC and connect key institutions and missions throughout the valley. The current TVC initiatives include:
The 30-plus community colleges and their branch campuses in the TVC are important assets throughout the five-state region. They provide workforce development, entrepreneurial, technology and academic programs to support employers in the Corridor.
- Promote communications, engagement and substantive cooperation among the community colleges located in the TVC.
- Encourage greater collaboration among the community colleges and the federal institutions located within the TVC, i.e., ORNL, Y-12, MSFC, AEDC, etc..
- Facilitate collective engagement among the community colleges and the four-year public and private colleges and universities within the TVC.
- Create and facilitate appropriate communications and engagement opportunities among the community colleges and members of the TVC Congressional Caucus.
The numerous Venture Development organizations in the TVC provide support and assistance to entrepreneurs during all phase of start-up and maturing of new companies. The TVC VDO Consortium brings together these organizations to hold joint venture forums and demo days, support combined funding opportunities, pool investment/debt resources, attract national attention to the region and provide mentor/internships/coaching programs.
- Develop a “performance testing facility” to serve as a test-bed for new technology and training to assist local and state agencies in protecting the power grid.
- Cut through the red tape to allow the sharing of data and information about grid security resources through a usable information portal.
- Promote changes in law and regulations to allow agencies to restrict access to information about critical infra-structure that could be used to attack the power grid.
- Advocate to the National Guard Bureau to include in its regular training exercises the protection of the power grid and its critical infra-structure.
The Tennessee Valley Corridor’s Advanced Manufacturing Initiative (AMI) was created to identify challenges and transformative opportunities to advance discussion on how to improve the technologies, processes and products across multiple manufacturing industries within the Tennessee Valley Corridor. The Initiative includes entities from government, industry, and academia, and it is administered by TVC’s collaborative partner Regional Engine-MFG (Engine), an independent 501 (C) 6.
The AMI provides the platform for manufacturing breakthroughs by building a collaborative environment across the TVC. AMI focuses on advanced manufacturing technologies, accelerating regional manufacturing knowledge of products, scaling-up first-of-a-kind technologies, and developing the ecosystem to allow small and mid-sized manufacturers to innovate and compete. Additional efforts by the AMI include discussion of the following:
Manufacturing cost reduction
Accelerating product development
Securing the talent pipeline
Enhancing the manufacturing business climate