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mar 29, 2015

UT Assistant Vice President Presents at G7 Workshop

Chuck Shoopman, Institute for Public Service assistant vice president, recently participated in the US G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency Workshop held in Washington, DC.

Chuck Shoopman, Institute for Public Service assistant vice president, recently participated in the US G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency Workshop held in Washington, DC.

The workshop brings together industry representatives, policy makers, researchers, and interest groups to advance resource efficiency goals.

Shoopman discussed DRIVE for the Future of Manufacturing Community, an initiative under the federal government’s Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership program. The program’s vision is to accelerate the development of a strong automotive cluster in the Tennessee Valley, already the fifth-largest region in the country for automotive industry employment. In its first year, the DRIVE region saw more than $1.8 billion in new automotive capital investments.

The G7 Alliance on Resource Efficiency was launched in 2015 with the aim to share knowledge, create information networks across G7 countries, and encourage collaboration with large and small businesses. The workshops also allow relevant stakeholders to advance resource efficiency, promote voluntary best practices, and foster innovation.

Map of the Tennessee Valley

The Tennessee Valley region is home to six major automotive manufacturers with a supply chain of over 900 mostly small- and medium-sized businesses, employing more than 100,000 people.

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