UT ready to help lead state’s innovation economy
Tennessee is poised to be the next great American innovation hub, Chancellor Donde Plowman posits in an editorial that ran February 2 in The Tennessean and the Knoxville News Sentinel.
Plowman points to the state’s prime location, robust infrastructure, growing workforce, and research drivers like the university and Oak Ridge National Laboratory as reasons for both government and industry to invest in Tennessee.
“We are ready to help lead an economic transition that will bring more high-paying jobs and create opportunities for both individuals and communities,” Plowman writes. “UT is committed to this collaboration and investment in the forces that drive our innovation economy: people, partnerships, and place.”
She goes on to detail the ways UT is helping the state move forward and build the economy of the future.
The op-ed is the first in a series to be published by the Tennessean written by members of the Tennessee Business Forum, which connects leaders in many industries with government entities and public policymakers, bringing collaboration and focus to their shared mission. UT is a founding member of the forum.