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Posted on: Friday - Aug 26, 2016

With only sixty days remaining before the 2016 Governor’s Conference, our team is working hard putting the final touches on what will be our best conference yet.

Not wasting much time, we began the planning process shortly after last year’s conference. We wanted to build upon the momentum that has been created behind Team Tennessee, but instead focus more specifically on our MVPs: The Most Valuable People, Policies and Programs in our state. Session topics have been chosen with that goal in mind and will include discussions on business recruitment, rural development efforts, workforce solutions, entrepreneurship and more.

We’re also excited to hear from our keynote speaker, Martin Frey, who was personally recommended by Commissioner Boyd. Frey, the first person to climb the Seven Summits – the highest peaks on each continent – and sail the Seven Seas, will speak during the Commissioner’s Luncheon on Thursday, Oct. 27. Apart from the great accomplishments that landed him a spot in Guinness World Records, Frey also spent 13 years working as the senior director for Cisco and in 2004, served as managing director for the Utah Governor’s Office of Economic Development.Hip Hues will be back by popular demand giving conference attendees a chance to be hands-on in the screen printing process by creating their own custom t-shirts.

Our team has really enjoyed playing with the theme of Team Tennessee, and we’ve added some new elements throughout the conference. Based on feedback we received from last year’s survey, we’ve included networking breaks in the schedule, which will give everyone a chance to get to know one another and catch up between sessions. 

While there is an obvious sports theme to the conference this year, we couldn’t have planned it any better because coincidentally, there’s a Tennessee Titans game scheduled for Thursday night. So be sure to come to the reception before heading to Nissan Stadium to see the Titans take on the Jacksonville Jaguars. But we can’t promise that leaving the reception will be easy because the entertainment alone is something you won’t want to miss.

Visit govcon.tnecd.com to learn more about the conference. There you can also register or find out how to become a sponsor or exhibitor. You can even buy tickets to the Titans game at a discounted rate.

Lastly, our room block at the Renaissance Hotel is close to being sold out, so be sure to book your room as soon as you can. 

Stay tuned for more details in the weeks ahead. We look forward to seeing all of you in Nashville in October.