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Videos to be Debuted at ETcompetes Symposium


Posted 01/02/2013
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Two videos highlight how an East Tennessee resident and a long time, family-owned business have, in very different ways, adapted their skills and business to remain viable and competitive in evolving markets.


Two short videos will be premiered at the ETcompetes Regional Symposium on January 9th. Both works demonstrate how adapting to economic change is key to finding employment or growing a successful business.

The first video, The Swing of Things, features Anderson County resident, Mark Boody.

Mr. Boody explains how courses at Roane State Community College's Advanced Materials Training and Education Center (AMTEC) enabled him to transition to a new career at the Carbon Fiber Technology Facility at Oak Ridge National Lab. The video highlights his journey from desperation, following a career downturn, to a palpable sense of relief and optimism as he reworked his skill set and regained employment in a promising new field, while filling a need for high tech workers in the region.

The second short, entitled Bloom Where You are Planted, focuses on Union County daylily growers, the Oakes Family. Stewart Oakes and his son Ken discuss the growth of their daylily business in a region where traditional agriculture has historically struggled. Through the use of the Internet and agritourism, this family-run business, with strong East Tennessee ties, has grown into a national distributor of daylilies.

Both videos were produced by Knoxville-based staff of the Center for Rural Strategies, which is located in Whitesburg, Kentucky and will be available for viewing on the PlanET website following the symposium.

The ETcompetes Symposium on Advancing East Tennessee’s Regional Competiveness is scheduled for January 9, 2013. The symposium is hosted by Plan East Tennessee, in partnership with Knoxville-Oak Ridge Innovation Valley. It will feature panels on preparing East Tennessee’s workforce and positioning the region for prosperity by capitalizing on quality-of-life assets essential to keeping and attracting talent, recruiting industry and retaining businesses in a global marketplace.

Targeting business, non-profit and community leaders, the symposium will include candid, interactive discussions. Panelists will examine where the region’s competitiveness stands now, what its assets are, and how East Tennessee can position itself to be competitive regionally, nationally and internationally, now and in the future.

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