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The University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services (UT CIS) has been awarded a $1 million grant to implement the Tennessee Manufacturing Resiliency Initiative, a statewide effort to enhance the resiliency of manufacturers to mitigate and recover from pandemics, natural disasters, supplier problems, and other disruptions.
Paul Jennings, UT CIS Executive Director, is looking forward to supporting resiliency in Tennessee’s manufacturing community even more with this project. “We’ve been wanting to do more to help manufacturers with business resiliency and now we have the opportunity,” says Jennings.
“In addition to mitigating pandemic losses, the grant also includes funding to help manufacturers prepare for cybersecurity, supply chain disruptions, and other emergency response issues. From a CIS perspective, it’s exciting because it will involve every CIS program area.”
UT CIS serves businesses and communities in the areas of economic development, health and safety, environmental management, energy efficiency, manufacturing excellence and government contracting.
This grant is funded by the US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration, under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, which provides economic assistance to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.