Tennessee Valley Corridor footprint expanding to include Auburn University, City of Auburn

Published: August 17, 2017
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The Tennessee Valley Corridor, a regional economic development organization spanning 10 congressional districts in five states, has expanded its footprint to incorporate Alabama’s 3rd Congressional District represented by Congressman Mike Rogers, which includes Auburn University and the City of Auburn.

The TVC focuses on supporting federal science and technology missions in the Tennessee Valley, competing for new missions and leveraging these assets for private sector job development. The organization promotes congressional districts in Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia and North Carolina as premier science and technology regions in the nation.

"Having Alabama's 3rd Congressional District included in the Tennessee Valley Corridor will be of great benefit to Auburn University and to economic development efforts in the state," said John Mason, Auburn's vice president for research and economic development. "As a participant in the TVC Leadership Council, Auburn will continue connecting our research expertise with federal needs and the private sector.”

Rodney Robertson, executive director of the Auburn University Huntsville Research Center, will serve as Rogers’ representative on the TVC board of directors.

“Dr. Robertson and other members of the Auburn community have long participated in the work of the TVC and we’re pleased that Congressman Rogers’ district is now represented,” said Mason.

Since 1995 when it was first formed, the TVC has built a strong alliance of community, business, education and government leaders through a series of regional technology summits in partnership with the corridor’s congressional delegation.

“Including East Alabama in the corridor community enables our region to be part of an alliance focused on providing a superior quality of life,” said Rogers. “Creating partnerships among federal institutions, world-class research institutions and corporate leaders in science and technology allows the TVC to contribute the resources needed for high-tech research, development, business and investment.”

More information about the Tennessee Valley Corridor is available at http://tennvalleycorridor.org/

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