Auburn University’s own Steve Pelham has officially been named to the Board of Trustees for the Tennessee Valley Corridor(TVC), the organization announced recently.
Pelham, Associate Vice President for Economic Development at the Auburn University Office of the Senior Vice President for Research and Economic Development, spoke about his new appointment to 35 member board.
“The TVC Board provides an opportunity for several key stake holders to be engaged,” he said. “Some of these areas are the congressional districts included in the corridor. I was nominated by Alabama Congressman Mike Rogers to represent his district on the board, which includes Auburn University.”
The TVC supports the valley’s national leadership in science and technology through regional cooperation. It also continues the corridor’s existing federal missions, competes for federal investments, and uses those investments to grow private sector job opportunities.
Pelham also discussed Auburn’s partnership with the organization.
“Auburn University has a close relationship with the TVC because of our partnerships with NASA Marshall, Redstone Arsenal, Cummings Research Park, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the TVA, the US Army and other organizations along with several other institutions of higher education,” Pelham noted. “In addition, the Auburn leadership has made a strong commitment to reinforce the university’s presence in the Tennessee Valley with the creation of the Auburn University Research and Innovation Center in Huntsville.”
Members of the Board come from 12 different congressional districts and five different states. Those states are Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Virginia, and North Carolina.
The TVC was created in 1995 to link the Department of Energy facilities in Oak Ridge, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and the University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Austen Shipley is a staff writer for Yellowhammer News.