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Economic Development Solutions

UT Center for Industrial Services helps companies, entrepreneurs, organizations, and government leaders across the state access university resources and intellectual assets to advance the economic well-being of Tennessee and to help create and retain quality job opportunities.

Drawing on the resources of universities, economic development organizations, and research and development partners across the state, CIS brings together higher education’s resources to communities and businesses statewide to help grow new jobs and investment through:

Fostering Innovation

UT CIS helps companies and entrepreneurs leverage research and development assets of the university and its partners to create and retain quality jobs and to increase capital investment in Tennessee.

Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)/ Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR)

Manufacturing Research and Development Assistance

Building Community Capacity​

CIS provides training and assistance to help communities identify and develop their economic development potential, improving the quality of life for all Tennesseans.

Economic Development Professional Training - TCED

The University of Tennessee University Center (UTUC)

Creating a Rural Entrepreneurship System in Tennessee (CREST)


Beth Phillips

Economic Development Team Leader
Center for Industrial Services

1610 University Ave, Knoxville, TN 37921

Office: 865-974-0268 ​