The Tennessee Valley Corridor will hold its annual National Summit at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center (USSRC) in Huntsville, Alabama on May 31 and June 1, 2017. The event’s theme borrows a phrase coined by Summit co-host Mayor Tommy Battle about Huntsville -- “Smart. Innovative. Collaborative.” Mayor Battle’s co-host is USSRC CEO Dr. Deborah Barnhart.
The 22nd Annual TVC Summit will focus on the important role that NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) has had in helping create a “space and advanced manufacturing corridor” in the region. MSFC, along with the Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Center, the University Space Institute, both in Tullahoma, TN, with many contractors and sub-contractors throughout the TVC have helped spur innovation and collaboration among many partners. Additionally, Summit attendees will learn about many successful activities in the Huntsville and North Alabama, as well as smart and innovative collaborations involving other federal missions in Oak Ridge and the rest of the TVC.
Wednesday, May 31:
Session I: NASA and TVC’s Space Corridor
The Summit’s Opening Session will focus on the impact that NASA Marshall Space Flight Center has made throughout the five-state TVC region particularly focusing on its partnerships with the Air Force’s Arnold Engineering Development Center in Tullahoma, private contractors, colleges and universities.
Session II: Huntsville – The Sky is not the Limit
Presenting Sponsor: Chamber of Commerce Huntsville/Madison County
This Session will tell the “rest” of Huntsville’s remarkable story of economic progress, public/private partnership and support for important federal missions at Redstone Arsenal.
TVC Dinner: TVC:Smart. Innovative.Collaborative.
At this session, attendees will hear from Summit co-hosts Mayor Tommy Battle and U.S. Space & Rocket Center CEO Dr. Deborah Barnhart, as well as visiting members of Congress and other special guests. Congressional
Reception: Honoring the TVC Congressional Caucus
This invitation-only event will allow TVC Leadership Council Members, Board Members, Sponsors and special guests to honor and recognize members of the TVC Congressional Caucus who will be in attendance.
Thursday, June 1:
Session III: TVC Communities Driving Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Gain insight from community, institutional and organizational leaders from throughout the TVC about locally based strategies and programs to create new jobs and economic growth by leveraging talent and resources from our federal investments through innovation and entrepreneurship.
Session IV: Federal Missions Fueling the TVC Economy
Presenting Sponsor: City of Oak Ridge
Hear from representatives of TVC’s federal programs, contractors and communities about the impact our federal missions have in meeting our country’s science, national security, technology and environmental cleanup challenges through engagement with our region’s talent and resources giving special emphasis to small businesses.
TVC Leaders Luncheon: Honoring the TVC Leadership Council
The Summit wraps-up by showcasing and honoring the companies and organizations that are members of the TVC Leadership Council by highlighting the special role they play in making our region one of America’s most important science, technology and national security Centers of Excellence.