TVC Initiatives Overview

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.

The TVC Community College Consortium, Chaired by TVC board member Dr. Chris Whaley, president of Roane State Community College, and a five-member Council of Community College Presidents, representing each of the states within the TVC, facilitates linkages among the colleges to accomplish four key objectives:

  1. Promote communications, engagement and substantive cooperation among the community colleges located in the TVC.
  2. Encourage greater collaboration among the community colleges and the federal institutions located within the TVC, i.e., ORNL, Y-12, MSFC, AEDC, etc..
  3. Facilitate collective engagement among the community colleges and the four-year public and private colleges and universities within the TVC.
  4. Create and facilitate appropriate communications and engagement opportunities among the community colleges and members of the TVC Congressional Caucus.

Annually, the TVC board of directors, in consultation with members of the Leadership Council and other
partners, prepare a TVC Federal Agenda. This agenda reflects recommendations and insight about a
variety of federal issues of concern to the region. At the beginning of each congressional session,
representatives of the board officially submit the approved agenda to the ten-member TVC
Congressional Caucus, which is co-chaired by Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and Congressman Phil
Roe.

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The Tennessee Valley Corridor Leadership Council (TVCLC) is an opportunity for companies and organizations to enhance their participation and involvement in the regional activities of the Tennessee Valley Corridor throughout the year. There are three levels of membership in the TVCLC, and members receive special benefits and recognition at the Summits and throughout the year.

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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.

Physical and cyber-attacks on the nation’s power grid is a great concern to all Americans. Our complex electric grid, which we are extremely dependent on, could be exploited by criminal or even terrorist actions.

The TVC region has an impressive array of resources, technology and infrastructure to identify and deploy innovative solutions to protect the region’s most critical electric grid infrastructure from coordinated physical attacks, and provide a test-bed for such providing workable strategies for the
entire nation.

The objective of the TVC Secure Grid Initiative is to increase awareness of this growing threat and to collaborate on ideas and solutions that make our grid more secure by bringing together public, private and institutional partners in the TVC to:

  • 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.
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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:

  • Enabling innovation
  • Manufacturing cost reduction
  • Quality improvement
  • Accelerating product development
  • Securing the talent pipeline
  • Enhancing the manufacturing business climate