The EDA University Center (UTUC) has been operated by the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) since 2006. The University Center leverages the resources, research and technology assets of the statewide University of Tennessee system to enhance regional innovation ecosystems and economic growth across Tennessee, with a focus in the following areas:
With offices and staff across Tennessee, UT CIS leverages the relationships with its innovation partners to support state and regional strategies for economic development. The focus and activities of the University Center align with the economic development strategies of the state of Tennessee, the state’s nine development districts, and other key regional economic development initiatives.
The University Center also leverages several other significant federal and state investments ongoing in the state, including the DRIVE! investing in Manufacturing Community Partnership (IMCP) and the IACMI Manufacturing USA institute, led by UT and ORNL. The University Center engages with numerous state and regional agencies in implementing recommendations of the Governor’s Rural Task Force, which focuses resources on needs of Tennessee’s rural communities to improve their economic competitiveness.