news for employees
September 10, 2003
To Host Tennessee Valley Corridor Fall Summit
Rep. Zach Wamp of Tennessee and Chattanooga Mayor Bob Corker announced recently
that the Fall 2003 Tennessee Valley Corridor Summit will be held in Chattanooga
on Oct. 6-7 at The Chattanoogan Hotel.
Corker will chair the event, with Billie Queen, TVAs Manager of Economic
Development Field Operations, and SimCenter Director Dave Whitfield from the University
of Tennessee-Chattanooga co-chairing and leading a regional blue-ribbon steering
committee helping plan it.
has been a sponsor and major supporter of the summit since its inception, and
is pleased to have the opportunity to assist Chattanooga in showcasing the economic
progress that has been made in the last several years, Queen says. The
summits goal of identifying opportunities for continued job creation throughout
the Valley aligns with TVAs strategic objective of promoting sustainable
The summit, with a theme of Where Technology Meets the Marketplace,
will focus on how the Tennessee Valley as a region can best leverage its major
regional institutions and their abundant science and technology assets for maximum
private-sector job creation.
Invited speakers include Tennessee U.S. Sens. Bill Frist and Lamar Alexander,
Gov. Phil Bredesen, TVA Director Bill Baxter and Icelands Ambassador to
the United States, Helgi Agustsson.
Wamp, who founded this ongoing series of technology summits in 1995, says it will
bring top business, government, education and technology leaders together to see
the growth and progress in Chattanooga in recent years.
been seven years since Chattanooga last hosted this regional economic summit,
he says. There couldnt be a more appropriate time than now for Chattanooga
to host this special event, with all of the recent technological advances we have
made and the work we are doing to position ourselves as a real technology hub
for the Tennessee Valley Corridor.
Mayor Corker says Chattanoogas location midway between several major research-and-development
partners makes it an ideal hub for the Tennessee Valleys technology corridor.
the summit, we are looking forward to meeting and hearing from these partners,
and working together to create strategies that take advantage of our proximity
and lead to the creation of new businesses and jobs which raise the standard of
living for all of our citizens, Corker says.
Chattanoogas new SimCenter at UTC is a graduate education-and-research program
in computational engineering.
computers and computational engineering are the frontiers, and the SimCenter will
help Chattanooga be on the cutting edge of new technology research, while advancing
the curriculum at our major research institution, SimCenter Director Whitfield
Energy security and cleaner transportation technologies also will be discussed
during the summit. Chattanooga, home to the Advanced Transportation Technology
Institute, is leading the way in the research and development of advanced forms
of transportation and cleaner fuels. And in June, Wamp received the national Congressional
Energy Leadership Award for his legislative success in encouraging energy-efficiency
U.S. needs to focus on becoming a world leader in energy efficiency and security,
and this region is working to answer that call, Wamp says.
Previous summits have been held in Oak Ridge, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville,
Tullahoma and the Tri-Cities in Tennessee; in Huntsville, Ala.; and in Washington
Under the leadership of the Tennessee Valleys congressional delegation,
the Corridor Summit Board and regionally based summit coordinating committees,
the summits have become the vehicles for monitoring the Valleys new regional
economic-development initiatives and identifying priorities and opportunities
for continued job creation throughout the Valley
For more information on the Tennessee Valley Corridor 2003 Summit in Chattanooga,
Inside TVA Has TVAs Reactions to Northeast Blackout
September Inside TVA is now available at most regular distribution stations
throughout TVA. It will be posted online later today in its new PDF format at
(See item below for more about the PDF format.)
The September issue includes these and other news stories and features:
4 of TVAs Business Education Series Serving TVAs Customers.
report on how the Northeast blackout of Aug. 14 affected and, more importantly,
did not affect TVA and the Tennessee Valley.
of the TVA Boards approval of a rate increase.
in-depth look at water quantity and how TVA makes sure theres enough water
to supply a multitude of varied needs.
on Winning Performance, the Cultural Health Index, Materials Standardization and
Sqwincher, COO Peer Teams, Integrated Performance Management and more.
Inside TVA Published in PDF Format
The online version of Inside TVA, available
later today at http://www.tva.com/insidetva,
is being published for the first time in PDF format.
Online readers will have the opportunity to view the pages exactly as they appear
in the print version, but with full-color photography. Note: To save time,
readers should open the pages one by one, rather than downloading the entire issue.
Additional text and photos not in the print version will continue to be included
in the online issue, as appropriate. In this issue, for example, an extended version
of the chart on the House and Senate versions of the Energy Bill is an Online
Extra, as is an expanded version of the story on the TVA Boards approval
of a rate increase for fiscal year 2004.
The online issue includes a survey asking for feedback on Inside TVA coverage.
Complete Tell us what you think
and help Internal Communications
learn what news coverage is most important to you.
11 A Day of Remembrance and Community Service
at several TVA sites across the Tennessee Valley tomorrow will commemorate Patriot
Day a day of remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist
attacks on the United States in various ways. Many employees plan to observe
a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. EDT, as encouraged by a presidential proclamation
The proclamation also calls for the U.S. flag to be flown at half-staff at government
facilities, as well as at the homes of Americans who display the flag, to honor
those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 two years ago.
The following activities and observances are planned for Chattanooga, Kingston
Chattanooga An employee-led observance at the Chattanooga Office
Complex will include music and prayer from noon-12:30 p.m. Thursday in the courtyard
between Monteagle Place and Signal Place.
Kingston Fossil Plant Plant employees are volunteering their time
at Henry Center in Harriman today and at Pathways Community Center on Thursday.
Team TVA volunteers will participate in United Way Day of Caring projects
on Thursday. (For more information, call Robin Robinson at 632-7119 or e-mail
food and clothing drive will be held on the Plaza between the TVA towers from
7-10 a. m. The clothing is being collected for boys and girls between the ages
of 10 and 18 in local group homes and for low-income women who need professional
The clothing will be distributed by two nonprofit organizations, Child & Family
Services and Career Closet. The food is being collected for the Salvation Army.
Needed food items: Peanut butter, tuna and other canned meats, canned vegetables
and fruits, macaroni-and-cheese packages, soups. Needed clothing: Clothes
for boys and girls ages 10-18; professional attire for women.
the Tanasi Girl Scout Camp in Andersonville, Tenn., has been chosen as a TVA Day
of Caring site. Employees will help with a variety of chores, including painting
the exterior buildings on the campsite.
of Chattanooga Area CFC Effort
and other federal agencies in the Chattanooga area yesterday kicked off the 2003
Greater Chattanooga Area Combined Federal Campaign. The campaigns goal is
to raise more than $1.5 million for local and national charitable agencies.
The CFC kickoff began with a breakfast at the Chattanooga/Hamilton County Convention
& Trade Center. In keeping with the CFC theme Caring for Communities,
Pete Van Dusen, a Cleveland firefighter and emergency medical technician, spoke
about the support and care community agencies provided him and his family during
his stepsons battle with brain cancer.
About 350 officials and campaign workers representing more than 90 area federal
agencies attended the breakfast and were entertained by the musical group, Fire,
which is made up of Chattanooga firefighters.
The fair, held later in the day, included fun, prizes, refreshments and an opportunity
for CFC-supported agencies to showcase their services.