Economic Development Professional Training

The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services provides high quality training, continuing education and professional development opportunities to community leaders, stakeholders, and economic development practitioners who participate in the process of economic and community development at local, regional, state, and federal levels. Courses focus on the concepts, tools, strategies, and best practices needed to compete successfully in today’s complex economic environment.

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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EDA University Center

EDA University Center

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

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The Philip Trauernicht Annual Scholarship

In memory of its namesake, a beloved Tennessean, dedicated economic development leader and mentor for three decades, the Philip Trauernicht Memorial Scholarship for Rural Leaders is aimed at introducing new generations of leadership to economic development in Tennessee.

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Phillip Trauernicht
Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)


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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Beth Phillips

Economic Development Programs Team Leader
(865) 974-0268