UT's Anderson Center Connects Local Businesses with Technology
KNOXVILLE--Local companies have tremendous technology resources and services in their own back yard to help them grow and enhance their efficiency. A recent event at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, showed companies how to access them.
The 2011 Innovation Valley Technology and Resource Showcase was held from 8 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, in the James A. Haslam Business Building. The showcase was hosted by the Anderson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in UT's College of Business Administration.
The showcase featured representatives from the university and college, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and the Y-12 National Security Complex to explain how local companies access their technologies and services.
Local companies that have successfully engaged with these organizations presented case studies of how the process worked for them, along with the results. Financial and training service providers also provided information about what they can do to help local businesses. An exhibit area allowed participants to interact with presenters.
"This event was a great example of how local organizations are collaborating to improve economic development in our region," said Joy Fisher, managing director for the event. "We are creating opportunities for growth and potential job creation by connecting businesses with new technologies emerging from our premier research institutions, along with services that can improve their productivity. This will help us keep our best and brightest graduates right here in the Knoxville area."
This event is held annually by Innovation Valley Inc. (http://www.innovationvalleyinc.org), a public-private partnership that is implementing an economic development plan in the counties surrounding the Knoxville–Oak Ridge technology corridor. Sponsors for the event are the Anderson Center, Pathway Lending, and the UT Center for Industrial Services.