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Lonnie Lawson appointed to TVC Executive Committee

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By Allison Cross

Lonnie Lawson, President and CEO of The Center for Rural Development, was recently appointed to the Tennessee Valley Corridor's (TVC) Executive Committee during last week's national summit at Tennessee Tech University.

"It has been an honor serving on the TVC Board and I look forward to joining the Executive Committee of the Board," said Lawson, who served on the TVC Board for the past year. "Working with these prominent organizations and political leaders, allows us to promote our mutual technological capabilities and seek out new and innovative business opportunities for the Tennessee Valley, which includes the 5th Congressional District of Southeastern Kentucky."

Jerry Rickett, of the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation and a Center for Rural Development board member, has also served on the TVC board for the past 20 years as a representative for Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers' of Kentucky's 5th Congressional District.

The TVC's mission is to support programs with federal investment that promote economic development. This year's summit featured developments in the Corridor's contribution to science, technology, space, environment and manufacturing.

Hundreds of business leaders, political figures, and community representatives attended the summit to collaborate and share progress on initiatives of entrepreneurship and economic growth throughout Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Virginia. The summit featured speakers including Lawson, congressional leaders, and representatives from organizations throughout the Tennessee Valley such as UT Chattanooga, Launch TN, Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center.

Lawson is a geographic rep and represents The Center for Rural Development, in Somerset, KY, which is a non-profit organization that focuses on providing leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions.

"The Center has maintained a long-standing interest in encouraging and supporting science and technology-based entrepreneurship within our area," Lawson said. "Working with the TVC gives us even more opportunities to grow."

Larry Combs, broadband implementation manager for The Center, also attended the summit along with other project managers throughout the Corridor. The Center is the region's leading provider of technology and an active partner with the Commonwealth of Kentucky on the Kentucky Wired project.

"Attending a conference with project managers and program directors from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), certainly gave us a refreshing perspective into the potential our region has for substantial economic growth," Combs said. "I believe The Center's broadband initiative will be instrumental in creating a pathway to these business opportunities and industrial partnerships within the Corridor."

The TVC is a regional economic development organization focused on supporting federal science and technology missions. For more information on the TVC, visit

Allison Cross is head of Marketing & Communications at The Center for Rural Development, Somerset, KY

Established in 1996 through the vision of U.S. Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers, (KY-05), and other leaders, The Center for Rural Development is a nonprofit organization fueled by a mission to provide leadership that stimulates innovative and sustainable economic development solutions and a better way of life in Southern and Eastern Kentucky. In its 45-county primary service region, The Center provides innovative programs in leadership, public safety, technology, and arts and culture. The Center is committed to constantly expanding its capabilities in order to deliver a range of key services throughout Kentucky and the nation.

This story was posted on 2016-06-18 08:30:50
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Lonnie Lawson, The Center CEO, appointed to TVC Board

2016-06-18 - Cookevile, TN - Photo from Allison Cross.
Tennessee Valley Corridor (TVC) Board Chairman Steve Cope congratulates Lonnie Lawson, The Center for Rural Development President and CEO, on his appointment to the TVC Executive Committee.

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