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Tennessee Ranks No. 1 in Automotive Manufacturing Strength

Posted: August 13th, 2013
By Cliff Hawks

For the fourth consecutive year, Tennessee was recently named the top state when it comes to automotive manufacturing strength. In fact, this is the fourth consecutive year that Business Facilities, a publication that ranks annual national economic development, has named Tennessee the No. 1 state in the nation for Automotive Manufacturing Strength.

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Tennessee is a Top State for Doing Business

Posted: July 22nd, 2013
By Cliff Hawks

CNBC recently released its “Top States for Business for 2013” report. When reports like this come out, I do what most people probably do – look for my state to see how it ranks. And it’s not surprising how well Tennessee fares in this report based on other recent positive rankings.

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Microscopes Magnify Research Capabilities at Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus

Posted: July 8th, 2013
By Cliff Hawks

Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus has access to some of the greatest research technology in the world and it is getting even better. A $3.5 million investment in two new microscopes magnifies the research capabilities available to its tenants.

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Visit to Centennial Campus Inspires Enthusiasm

Posted: June 17th, 2013
By Cliff Hawks

As we work to fulfill the promise of Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus, one of the most unique R&D sites for businesses seeking to grow through innovation and technology, I like to keep abreast of the capabilities and marketing strategies of other leading research parks.

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Rolling Out the Green Carpet

Posted: June 3rd, 2013
By Cliff Hawks

Sustainability is no longer just a buzzword for business. The economics of sustainability make it a primary consideration when deciding where to locate a company.

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Work Progresses on Joint Institute for Materials Science Building

Posted: May 20th, 2013
By Cliff Hawks

We are making great progress on the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus site.

Within six weeks, the structure of the Joint Institute of Advanced Materials (JIAM) will rise above the ground and be another visible signal that the campus is on the move.

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Welcome to Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus

Posted: May 10th, 2013
By Cliff Hawks

Welcome to the first of a series of blog posts on progress at the Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus and on innovation in general.