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Theme: Economic Vitality


Strategic Priority 1: Clean Energy Capital
Claim the title and realize the potential.

Actions

  • Plant the flag at Cherokee Farm - Claim the “Clean Energy Capital of America” title and build a cluster strategy.
  • Assemble and recruit talent – Coordinate all the regional talent involved in clean energy research and recruit new talent.
  • “Build a Buck’s” – Buck’s Diner is a Silicon Valley IT networking hub. Create an Energy Technology (ET) networking hub at Cherokee Farm.

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Strategic Priority 2: Media production and radiological sciences
Take full advantage of two other economic development cluster strategies—an existing cluster in media production and a new cluster in radiological sciences—to create quality jobs for the region.

Actions

  • Assemble the talent – Assemble the stakeholders to develop plans to realize the job creation benefits.
  • A new joint institute – Create a new joint institute for radiological sciences and advanced imaging at Cherokee Farm to create the next-generation cancer treatment.
  • Recruit additional talent – Recruit new world-class talent and companies to the area using these two clusters.

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Strategic Priority 3: Entrepreneurial support
Become the best place in the country to start a business.

Actions

  • Talent recruitment – Recruit research, entrepreneurial, and business mentoring talent and people with access to capital from within and outside the region.
  • Support system – Build on the recently created collaboration—the East Tennessee Regional Accelerator Coalition—to build a robust, connected entrepreneurial support system with a memorable brand and easily accessible “front doors.”
  • Mentors and angels – Create a business mentoring and angel early-stage funding network.