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Schneider Electric to Create Jobs, Open Regional Office in Franklin, TN

TAEBC member, Schneider Electric recently announced that the company will consolidate its existing Middle Tennessee operations in Davidson and Rutherford Counties to Williamson County, opening a major Southeast regional office in Franklin.

The consolidation will relocate approximately 900 current employees and create 250 new jobs. Schneider Electric’s regional office will be located at Two Franklin Park in a newly constructed 150,000 square foot space, which is slated to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2017. The workforce will be comprised of engineering, sales, R&D and corporate functions for several national and global business units.

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Launch Tennessee Microgrants program available for SBIR assistance

The Launch Tennessee Connect | Microgrants program is available to Tennessee-based early-stage companies that are currently or in the near-term will be applying for an SBIR/STTR Phase I, Phase II or Fast-Track award. Launch Tennessee is a public-private partnership focused on supporting the development of high-growth companies in the state. The program is founded under an agreement with the State of Tennessee. Learn more here.
 

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Researchers make progress on the next generation of solar panels

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Commercial energy storage economics growing in popularity in United States

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Energy Department announces up to $15M to help improve the security and resilience of the nation’s power grid

The Energy Department will provide up to $15 million, subject to congressional appropriations, to support efforts by the American Public Power Association (APPA) and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) to further enhance the culture of security within their utility members’ organizations. Read the full story here.

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