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The Tennessee Valley Corridor National Summit will return to its Oak Ridge origins the last week of May, with dates dependent on the schedules of anticipated speakers, including U.S. House of Representatives Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Cantor is among the senior decision-makers representing academia, government and industry from Tennessee, Alabama, Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina who will convene in the New Hope Center at Oak Ridge’s Y-12 National Security Complex for the two-day meeting, said U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, summit host.
“By working together, our Valley has competed for and attracted important energy, research, space and national security missions that are important to our country,” said the Ooltewah Republican, who will be joined by members of the TVC congressional delegation.
Fleischmann said summit focus areas will include energy, advanced manufacturing, workforce development, innovation and entrepreneurism. State and local elected representatives from throughout the region are expected to participate.
With Oak Ridge, home of Department of Energy and National Nuclear Security Administration’s facilities, discussion topics will include:
• The new Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12.
• The new federal contractor responsible for UPF and managing the Y-12 and Pantex, Texas, production plants.
• Advances at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in super-computing, advanced manufacturing, and materials research.
• DOE’s selection of Oak Ridge as home of the nation’s first Small Modular Nuclear Reactor project.
• Latest developments with NASA’s Space Launch System Program.
• Collaborative opportunities in Huntsville, Ala., Oak Ridge and other Corridor member partners to promote advance manufacturing programs.
The mission of the TVC is to sustain the region’s existing federal missions, to compete for new missions, and to leverage public and private relationships for high-quality job growth.