Tennessee is Driving Innovation and we’re bringing it to you.

 
 
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Tennessee’s rural areas have potential that is
ready to be tapped.

 

Driving Innovation is a mobile program that supports economic and workforce development in Tennessee’s rural communities. Our three mobile innovation labs focus on STEAM education, entrepreneurship and small business support, and community placemaking. 

 
 
 
 

Helping Rural Areas:

 

Advance STEAM Education

Mentor Entrepreneurs

Support Small Business Owners

Enhance Public Spaces

Amplify Community Assets

 
 
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Who We Serve

 
 
 

West

Benton
Carroll
Chester
Crockett
Decatur
Dyer
Gibson
Hardeman
Hardin
Haywood
Henderson
Henry
Lake
Lauderdale
McNairy
Obion
Weakley

Middle

Clay
DeKalb
Fentress
Grundy
Hickman
Houston
Humphreys
Jackson
Macon
Lawrence
Lewis
Overton
Perry
Pickett
Putnam
Stewart
Van Buren
Warren
Wayne
White

East

Bledsoe
Campbell
Carter
Claiborne
Cocke
Cumberland
Grainger
Greene
Hamblen
Hancock
Hawkins
Johnson
Marion
McMinn
Meigs
Monroe
Morgan
Polk
Rhea
Scott
Unicoi
Union

 
 

65

COUNTIES VISITED

Since February 2018, we’ve brought programming and resources directly to Tennessee’s rural communities. Updated quarterly, last update June 2019.

 

17K

PEOPLE REACHED

Our events are attended by everyone, including students, teachers, business owners, community leaders, and entrepreneurs.

119

EVENTS HOSTED

We’ve hosted workshops and tours in rural communities at schools, festivals, libraries, summer camps, conferences, chambers, and more.

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FAQ

 

How do I schedule a visit? . . .

To schedule a visit from any of our mobile platforms, please fill out our corresponding requests forms. Request theLab or Request theVenture If you have questions about a potential visit, please email info@tndrivinginnovation.com.

Who can request a visit? . . .

Any community can request a visit but as part of our mission, we concentrate our efforts in Tennessee’s at risk and distressed counties. Please fill out a request form (in the above FAQ) and our staff will follow-up.

How much does a visit cost? . . .

We are funded by the state to serve distressed and at-risk counties, in those areas there is no cost for a visit.

 

 

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Our Team

 
 
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Ben Harris

Program DIRECTOR & Co:founder

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Ben Ferguson

CO:Founder

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William Donnell

CO:founder

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Lisa Garner

Executive director

 
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Allison Wolfe

DIRECTOR OF partnerships

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Dan Drogosh

Operations manager

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Katie Weatherford

Communications & Events Manager

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Christen Harper

Tech Education Coordinator

 
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Marie Parker

transportation tech

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Jameson Winter

Tech assistant

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Terrence Murphy

Tech assistant

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Monica Harris

Office Administrator