Economic Development

UT CIS creates comprehensive economic development solutions for Tennessee businesses, entrepreneurs, organizations and government leaders. By training, consulting and assisting our communities through the identification and development of economic potential, we improve quality of life for all Tennesseans.

Leveraging research and development assets to create and retain high-quality job opportunities, we increase capital investment statewide. At UT CIS, our involvement in everything from small business innovation and technology transfer—to our rural entrepreneurship system and many other initiatives and services—our ongoing focus remains on helping advance the economic well-being of Tennessee.

Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Program

The TCED Program covers economic trends, opportunities, core components and tools essential for competition in today’s global economy, with a focus on economic development in Tennessee.

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TCED's Economic and Small Business Development Course
DRIVE! for the Future

DRIVE! for the Future

DRIVE! for the Future will accelerate the development of a strong and growing automotive cluster in the Tennessee Valley, the fifth largest region in the country for automotive industry employment.

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Asset-Based Planning Initiative

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) is partnering with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD) and the Tennessee Development District Association (TDDA) to help rural counties build on their assets to promote economic growth.

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Asset-Based Planning Initiative
 SBIR/STTR UT CIS

SBIR/STTR

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program encourages small businesses to engage in federal research and development (R&D) and commercialization, while the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program includes joint ventures with research institutions.

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Meet Our Experts

Meet the UT CIS Economic Development team.

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Meet the Team UT CIS
EDA University Center UT CIS

EDA University Center

Funded by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA), the EDA University Center at the University of Tennessee assists existing Tennessee businesses, industries and communities by fostering economic growth and improving economic competitiveness.

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