A Record of Success
Below: Former Congressman Zach Wamp (R-TN) presents former Tennessee Valley Corridor Board of Directors Chair, Susan Reid, with the Corridor Champion Award
at the 2007 Kingsport Summit.
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on the Corridor Champions
In 2004, the Tennessee Valley Corridor was recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce Economic Development Administration as one of the top two regional economic development programs in the nation. The Corridor tied with the famed Research Triangle Partnership in North Carolina as the nation's most outstanding economic development organization designed to “enhance regional competitiveness.”
In addition to drawing the interest and participation from key corporate investment prospects in a variety of high-tech industries, past Corridor activities have also led to a number of significant tangible accomplishments in the region to advance its economic development including:
- Early support and public consensus-building for the Department of Energy's $1.4 Billion Spallation Neutron Source project in Oak Ridge, which is referred to as the "World's Largest Civilian Science Project";
- Early organizing seeds in helping the Tri-Cities, TN/VA area becoming the first region in the country to apply for and receive All-American City designation as a great place to live, work and do business;
- The development and launch of an innovative Federal Alliance for interagency cooperation between NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, the Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory and National Nuclear Security Administration’s Y-12 National Security Complex, and the U.S. Army’s Redstone Arsenal;
- The formation of new Valley-wide fiber optic telecommunications, partnership between the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the National Center for Computational Science at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory;
- Tangible funding and improvements for runway extensions at the Port of Huntsville airport as well as other highway, air and industrial infrastructure improvements throughout the Valley;
- Support for the region's Annual Tennessee Valley Venture Forum and other efforts to increase the availability of early venture capital and entrepreneurial support in the region;
- New federal grants for pilot projects and regional initiatives focused on workforce development, clean transportation, energy security and regional resilience;
- Several other key initiatives, partnerships and projects important to fulfilling key federal missions while boosting the region's continued economic development.
The Tennessee Valley Corridor is led by a blue-ribbon board of directors. The Tennessee Valley Corridor is managed by AkinsCrisp Public Strategies.
Below: Anne Pope, former Federal Co-Chair of the Appalachian Regional Commission and a winner of the 2007 Corridor Champion Award speaks at the Summit in Kingsport.
Below: Under Secretary of Energy Dr. Kristina Johnson speaks at the
2010 TVC National Summit in Washington, D.C.
Below: General George W. Casey Jr., Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army gives keynote remarks at the 2008 National Summit in Huntsville, Alabama.