There was no meeting on July 1, 2013 in spite of some confusion.
The speaker on July 8, 2013 was Mark Donaldson, director of the Knox County Planning Commission, who spoke about “ Plan East Tennessee- Regional Framework for Action”. The Knoxville area is defined by federal agencies and it includes counties wherein people count on Knox County for jobs (including Morgan, Union, Grainger and Roane counties).
Plan East Tennessee got HUD grant in 2010 and they have been contacting people- 9000 to 10,000 people- and conducting a survey of 2000 respondents. Statistically valid study data will help public officials make decisions.
They have found what people in our region think about our region and what they want. Four central themes emerged:
- Build strong towns
- Grow quality places
- Improve health of people and places
- Expand choices for all.
A set of
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goals and objectives are being provided that will serve as the framework for the development of an action strategy, which will serve as a guide for communities—and the region as a whole.
Two things mentioned were to strengthen cities and develop concentrated areas so mass transit would work.
On July 15 Grant Goodge, senior analyst at STG INC. described the United States Climate Reference Network. He described the weather information measuring equipment past and present. The U.S. Climate Reference Network (USCRN) consists of 114 stations developed, deployed, managed, and maintained by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the continental United States for the express purpose of detecting the national signal of climate change. The vision of the USCRN program is to maintain a sustainable high-quality climate observation network that 50 years from now can with the highest degree of confidence answer the question: How has the climate of the nation changed over the past 50 years? In the past weather data measurement and recording was haphazard and there is still not enough money and emphasis on getting data that will improve weather prediction in the future.
July 22, John Morris – President and CEO, Technology 2020 told about the efforts to aid entrepreneurs in our area .There is a lot of support there is a Regional Inovation Accumulation Network, Center for Entreprenurial growth, Venture Exchange Forum, Metitas Ventures, Lighthouse Fund and other help. Any potential entrepreneurs can certainly find help in our area.
Glenn C. Haynes, PE, Senior Consulting Engineer, KEMA, Inc. was speaker on July 29. He conducts studies for companies and he has helped TVA evaluate the effectiveness of their program for improving energy efficiency in the TVA region. Glenn described the sampling procedures used to get statistically valid study data from customers of a utility like TVA.