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Corridor summit launched with Willow Creek golf fete

The Tennessee Valley Corridor launched its week-long regional summit by hosting a sponsor and VIP golf tournament at Willow Creek Golf and Country Club on Monday, May 31.

This marks the 10th year for the Corridor, which is a nonprofit organization formed by U.S. Rep. Zach Wamp.

The primary focus of the Corridor is both promoting the Tennessee Valley as one of the nation’s premier science and technology centers and utilizing the valley’s abundant research and technology capabilities for maximum economic development and job creation.

The Corridor is comprised of the technology-rich area stretching from northern Alabama through East Tennessee, southwest Virginia and southeast Kentucky. BWXT-Y-12, NASA, USEC Inc. and UT-BATTELLE were the four platinum sponsors for the Corridor summit.

An additional aspect of the Corridor Summit is to focus on improving technology in order to strengthen homeland security and display the leading role that the region can play in the counter-terrorism efforts.

Denny Ruddy, president and general manager of Y-12 said that because of recent events in our country’s history, national security has been a high priority. “We have taken the necessary steps in transitioning from weapons to homeland security,” Ruddy said.

Tom Ridge, Homeland Security secretary was guest speaker at the Corridor luncheon held at the Knoxville Convention Center on Tuesday, June, 1.

Ridge reiterated the importance of technology and the need for communities to be diligently working together for the safety of all citizens. He said that communities and states that think regionally will outpace those that think locally.

The Corridor is also placing a large emphasis on education throughout the region. The University of Tennessee, a silver sponsor of the Corridor, has been promoting educational opportunities in the fields of science and technology and encouraging local industry to offer work study programs.

“We are hoping that more students will choose engineering in hopes of further increasing the wealth of technology in the valley,” Ruddy said. “The Tennessee Valley Corridor is putting science and technology to work and providing a renewed spirit to the region.”

The next Corridor summit will be held in November in Somerset, Ky.


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