HUNTSVILLE, Alabama — Lessons from and opportunities created by the April tornadoes that tore through North Alabama will be at the heart of the Tennessee Valley Corridor‘s “Fall Partnership Event” at the Von Braun Center Monday.
“Turning Regional Resiliency Into Economic Development” is the theme chosen by TVC, which works across five states to spotlight the science and technology centers in the Tennessee Valley Corridor, promote job creation and both government and private investment.
“What happened last spring allows us to take a look at what it means to be resilient, what it means to be robust,” said Erin Koshut, a TVC spokeswoman.
Through presentations and roundtable discussions that will include the audience, leaders from government and industry will discuss those ideas not just in response to disasters, she said, but also in relation to diversification of industry, keeping a talented work force, and more.
Al Martinez-Fonts, vice president of U.S. Chamber of Commerce and executive vice president of the U.S. Forum for Policy Innovation will be the keynote speaker for the event luncheon. Rob Manning, executive vice president of Power Systems Operations for the Tennessee Valley Authority will be the featured presenter for an afternoon session, “Building Upon the Lessons Learned.”
The long list of other presenters and roundtable participants – “senior level people within their organizations,” Koshut said – includes former U.S. Rep. Bud Cramer; Ron Gray, executive director, Tornado Recovery Action Council of Alabama; former NASA Director Dr. Michael Griffin, now Director/King-McDonald Eminent Scholar and professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Center for System Studies, University of Alabama in Huntsville; Col. John Hamilton, Garrison Commander for Redstone Arsenal; Dr. Thom Mason, director of the Oak Ridge National Laboratory; and Jay Stowe, chief operating officer, Huntsville Utilities.
Registration for the TVC event, which includes an exhibit area and a networking reception Sunday, is $115.
The deadline to register is the close of business Thursday. Visit www.tennvalleycorridor.org for information and registration.
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