In June 2006, a consortium of academic professionals, businesspeople, PK-12 educators, Chambers of Commerce and government was formed in response to a challenge issued by U.S. Sixth District Congressman Bart Gordon. Congressman Gordon, Chair of the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology called for a coordinated effort to bring technology-based ideas and concepts forward to be developed, tested and introduced to the marketplace, all in order to create jobs and expand economic development. Congressman Gordon offered the assistance of his Committee on Science on an ongoing basis to aid in this effort.
More than 40 representatives began meeting monthly to talk, review resources, share information about current technology-based projects, attend additional related conferences and meetings, and determine the best way forward. During this discovery period, the group, chaired by businesswoman Andrea J. Loughry, functioned under the name of Middle Tennessee Technology Council and was staffed by the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce. Oak Ridge National Laboratory awarded a grant to the consortium for the development stage.
In February 2007, the consortium held a day-long visioning forum, from which a nine-member Task Force was formed.
M2M Task Force Members:
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