TVC Summit to celebrate entrepreneurism

COOKEVILLE – The registration deadline is quickly approaching for the annual Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit, “Where Entrepreneurs and Technology Meet,” which will make its first visit to Cookeville June 1-2. Leaders interested in attending need to register by Monday, May 23, to attend.

The Summit will be held on the Tennessee Tech campus and it is hosted by TTU President Dr. Phil Oldham in cooperation with Tennessee Congressman Diane Black.

TVC SummitLeaders from throughout the region will gather to focus on the vital role entrepreneurs play in turning the brain power and technologies from the region’s universities and federal programs into new business start-ups and expansion.

Main speakers scheduled include:

  • Congressman Chuck Fleischmann
  • Congressman Marsha Blackburn
  • Bechtel National Senior Executive John Howanitz
  • NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Director Todd May
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities President Andy Page
  • Oak Ridge National Laboratory Director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development Tom Rogers UCOR President Ken Reuter
  • Former Chancellor of the University of Alabama System Dr. Malcolm Portera
  • President/CEO of Launch TN Charlie Brock
  • Associate Vice President for Research and Vice President of UT Research Foundation at the University of Tennessee Dr. Stacey Patterson
  • Vice President of Stakeholder Relations at the Tennessee Valley Authority Joe Hoagland
  • Appalachian Regional Commission Federal Co-Chair Earl Gohl
  • President/CEO of the Center for Rural Development Lonnie Lawson


The Summit will include two main sessions – the first will focus on entrepreneurship in the TVA corridor, including the unique approaches to promote entrepreneurship and economic growth in our more rural areas best exemplified by the efforts of Oldham and the Upper Cumberland’s regional partners.

The second session will look at how the region is leading the nation in key areas including science, national security, space, environmental clean-up and manufacturing. These updates will highlight the region’s major centers of federal investment in Huntsville, Oak Ridge and Tullahoma and give attention to TVC’s progress in advanced manufacturing particularly in the automotive industry.

For more information, to register to attend the TVC Summit or to become a sponsor, visit or email

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