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Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit

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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.


Tentative Agenda:

Wednesday, May 31:

11 a.m. Exhibit Area and Registration Open in Davidson Center

1:30 to 3:15 p.m. Session I: NASA and the TVC’s Space Corridor
Presenting Sponsor: Teledyne Brown Engineering
Host: Steve Cope, TVC Board Chair & director, Marketing and Public Relations, Avion Solutions, Inc.

Learn about 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.

Remarks: Mark Gradkowski, executive vice president of Strategic Business Development
and Acquisitions, Teledyne Brown Engineering, Inc. & Teledyne Energy Systems

Speakers: Dr. Deborah Barnhart, president/CEO, U.S. Space & Rocket Center
Todd May, director, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center

Panel Moderator: Dr. Deborah Barnhart
Panelists: Dr. Mark Mehalic, executive director, Arnold Engineering Development Complex

Dr. Ben Malphrus, director, Space Science Center, Morehead State

Dr. Mark Whorton, executive director, UT Space Institute
Chris Crumbly, vice president of Business Development for Civil and Commercial Space, Teledyne Brown Engineering

3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Session II: Huntsville—The Sky is Not the Limit
Presenting Sponsor: Cummings Research Park
Host: Jim Jolliffe, TVC Board Member & president, Jolliffe Consulting

Find out the “rest” of Huntsville’s remarkable story of economic progress, public/private partnership and support for important federal missions at Redstone Arsenal.

Guest Entrepreneur: Mark Becnel, president, RadioBro Corporation

Remarks: Erin Koshut, director, Cummings Research Park

Speakers: John Hamilton, city administrator, City of Huntsville
Mayor Tommy Battle, City of Huntsville

Panel Moderator: Lucia Cape, senior vice president, Economic Development, Industry Relations &
Workforce, Chamber of Commerce, Huntsville/Madison County
Panelists: Dr. Howard Jacob, executive vice president for Genomic Medicine,
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Dr. Tom Koshut, associate vice president of Research, University of Alabama in
Huntsville
Gary Bolton, vice president of Global Marketing, ADTRAN
David Fernandes, president, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Inc.

6 to 7 p.m. Dinner: TVC-Smart. Innovative. Collaborative.
Presenting Sponsor: Jacobs

Welcome: Steve Cope
Dale Strong, chairman, Madison County Commission
Mayor Paul Finley, City of Madison, AL

Remarks: Ward Johnson, senior vice president/general manager, Aerospace and
Technology, Jacobs

Video Remarks: U.S. Senator Bob Corker (TN)

Speakers: Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (TN-3)

7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Leadership Council and Sponsors Reception
Presenting Sponsor: U.S. Space and Rocket Center
*Invitation Only

Thursday, June 1:

7:15 a.m.: Networking Breakfast in Exhibit Area

8 to 10 a.m. Session III: TVC Communities Driving Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Presenting Sponsor: Dynetics
Host: Joel Duling, TVC Executive Committee Member &
president, Nuclear Fuel Services

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.

Guest Entrepreneur: Melissa Kreis-Stephens, founder/CEO, Tomboy Organic Skincare Co.

Remarks: Steve Cook, vice president, Corporate Development, Dynetics

Speakers: Dr. Angeline Godwin, president, Patrick Henry Community College Tom Baumbach, chief technical officer, Dynetics

Panel Moderator: John Morris, chief operating officer, ImmersaCAD
Panelists: Dr. Phil Oldham, president, Tennessee Tech University
John Joseph, director, Decatur Corridor Development
Ken Hays, president/CEO, the Enterprise Center
Tom Rogers, director of Industrial Partnerships and Economic Development, Oak
Ridge National Laboratory

10:30 to 12:15 p.m. Session IV: Federal Missions Fueling the TVC Economy
Presenting Sponsor: Aerojet Rocketdyne
Host: Andy Page, TVC Board Member &
president/CEO Oak Ridge Associated Universities

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.

Guest Entrepreneur: Tony Bova, co-founder, Grow Bioplastics

Remarks: Julie Van Kleeck, vice president Advanced Space and Launch Programs, Aerojet
Rocketdyne

Speaker: Fran Williams, chief operating officer, UCOR

Remarks: Teresa Robbins, deputy manager, National Nuclear Security Administration
Production Office

Speaker: Bill Tindal, vice president and site manager, CNS Y-12

Panel Moderator: Dr. Stacey Patterson, associate vice president of Research, UT
Panelists: Jay Stowe, senior vice president of Distributed Energy Resources, Tennessee
Valley Authority
Paul Robinson, chief, Energy Division, USACE Huntsville Engineering & Support Center, Army Corps of Engineers
Kelly McGuire, chief, Science & Technology Support Division, Center Support Directorate, U. S. Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center
Dr. Bob Gibson, associate director for Strategic Partnerships, Scientific
Assessment Workforce Development Program, Oak Ridge Associated Universities

12:30 to 2:30 p.m. TVC Leaders Luncheon: Honoring the TVC Leadership Council
Host: Steve Cope

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.

Welcome: Steve Cope

Guest Entrepreneur: Edward Crowley, founder/CEO, Photizo Group

Speakers: Liz Porter, senior vice president, Federal Energy and Environment, Leidos
Dr. Thomas Zacharia, deputy director for Science and Technology, ORNL
Barry E. Wilmore, (Captain, U.S. Navy) NASA Astronaut

Closing Remarks: Steve Cope


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