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Smart Communities Initiative Honored by Southeast Tennessee Development District

Tennessee Today

UT’s Smart Communities Initiative has been honored by its past and continuing partner, the Southeast Tennessee Development District.

Through SCI, which kicked off during the 2014–15 academic year, UT connects faculty and students with Tennessee cities, counties, special districts, and other governmental organizations to engage in real-world problem solving aimed at improving the region’s economy, environment, and social fabric. SCI is a key component of Experience Learning, the university’s initiative that emphasizes experiential learning.

Last year, SCI partnered with the district. Faculty and students in twenty courses worked on twenty-two projects ranging from researching Cherokee Indians who walked the Trail of Tears to developing proposals for water quality improvements across the region.

“The SCI program has been selected to receive the Flame Award from the district,” said Chuck Hammonds, assistant executive director of the Southeast Tennessee Development District.

“Our agency holds a full board meeting every two years and presents some awards for outstanding projects in our area. The Flame Award is the overall agency award and is named because of the symbolism of a flame or spark that kindles or starts a fire,” he said. “We are recognizing the SCI program because of the university’s commitment to engage the community to solve real-world problems and to ignite the imagination of our future leaders.”

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UT to have Smart Communities Initiative Showcase

Knoxville News Sentinel

The UT Smart Communities Initiative is ending its second year and will have a showcase to display students’ work for the initiative’s community partner, the Southeast Tennessee Development District.

Projects span parks and recreation to policy analysis and more from 22 courses working in the initiative.

The showcase is 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the West Club of Neyland Stadium. It is free and open to the public.

The initiative will continue to work the development district next year as well as with Lenoir City as a new community partner.

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Lenoir City, UT Pair for Initiative

Knoxville News Sentinel

Lenoir City and UT will pair for the 2016-17 Smart Communities Initiative program.

The program pairs UT students and faculty with cities, counties, districts and government organizations in the state for real-world problem solving.

The upcoming school year is the third year of the program.

In 2016-17, UT will continue work with the Southeast Development District, its partner from the current academic year, as well as take on projects with Lenoir City to enhance the downtown central business district.

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UT Chooses Lenoir City as 2016-17 Smart Communities Initiative Partner

Tennessee Today

UT has chosen Lenoir City to be its 2016–17 Smart Communities Initiative (SCI) “Mini” program partner.

Through SCI, UT pairs faculty and students with Tennessee cities, counties, special districts, and other governmental organizations to engage in real-world problem solving aimed at improving the region’s economy, environment, and social fabric. SCI is a key component of Experience Learning, the university’s initiative that emphasizes experiential learning through real-world problem solving.

The 2016–17 academic year will be the third for SCI. UT’s inaugural partner was the City of Cleveland in 2014–15. This year, UT has partnered with the Southeast Tennessee Development District. Faculty and students in twenty courses have been working on twenty-two projects ranging from researching of Cherokee Indians who walked the Trail of Tears to developing proposals for water quality improvements across the region.

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UT partnering with Lenoir City

WVLT

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has chosen Lenoir City to be its 2016–17 Smart Communities Initiative “Mini” program partner.

UT pairs faculty and students with Tennessee cities, counties, special districts, and other governmental organizations to engage in real-world problem solving aimed at improving the region’s economy, environment, and social fabric.

The university says SCI emphasizes experiential learning through real-world problem solving.

UT’s inaugural partner was the City of Cleveland in 2014-15. This year, UT has partnered with the Southeast Tennessee Development District. Faculty and students in 20 courses have been working on 22 projects ranging from researching of Cherokee Indians who walked the Trail of Tears to developing proposals for water quality improvements across the region.

During the 2016-17 academic year, SCI will work on five to 10 projects for Lenoir City aimed at enhancing the downtown central business district.

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