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Funded by the US Economic Development Administration, The University of Tennessee EDA University Center (UTUC) works to generate economic growth in Tennessee through assistance to existing business and industry and assistance to communities in improving their economic competitiveness. 

The UTUC leverages the resources at the University of Tennessee and its partners to help firms and their workers improve productivity by applying innovation and new technologies. The UTUC targets assistance efforts toward small businesses and businesses in economically distressed areas of Tennessee. The Center also considers requests to provide assistance and services to non-distressed areas, thereby maintaining a statewide service delivery commitment. 

In addition to business and industry, the UTUC assists community and regional organizations in their economic development efforts, including job creation and retention, leadership development, and community capacity building training and assistance.

Assistance and services provided by the UTUC include:
  1. Assistance to business and industry
    • Competitiveness assessments
    • Direct technical assistance in improving productivity and profitability
    • Access to university-based engineering research and development assistance
    • Business growth and transformation assistance
    • Regulatory compliance
  2. Entrepreneurial Support
    • Access to capital including SBIR/STTR assistance
    • Access to university-based research and development assistance
    • Access to technology
  3. Community Capacity Building
    • Economic development strategic planning and implementation assistance
    • Support to regional economic development efforts
    • Economic development training
  4. Economic Information and Research
    • Focus on Manufacturing quarterly newsletter
    • Annual Tennessee Economic Analysis report
    • Dissemination of information and assistance opportunities through website, newsletters, conferences, trade shows, and other outreach efforts

Beth Phillips, Economic Development Team Leader and UTUC Director
Center for Industrial Services
105 Student Services Building
Knoxville, TN 37996-0213
Office: 865-974-0268