PBS travel show host Samantha Brown is the keynote speaker at the Chattanooga Tourism Summit and other business news

PBS Travel Host Speaks 2022 Chattanooga Tourism Summit

Samantha Brown, the Emmy-winning host and producer of Samantha Brown’s Places to Love on PBS, will be the luncheon keynote speaker at the Chattanooga Tourism Summit 2022 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on September 20 at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

The Chattanooga Tourism Co. recently hosted Brown to film a Chattanooga episode of the show which will air in 2023. For the past 25 years, Brown has hosted popular Travel Channel shows including Great Vacation Homes, Girl Meets Hawaii , Great Hotels, Passport to Europe , Passport to Latin America, Great Weekends, Green Escapes, Passport to China and Samantha Brown’s Asia.

This year’s Tourism Summit, the Chattanooga Tourism Co.’s first in-person annual meeting since 2019, will include a state of the industry report from CEO Barry White as well as a showcase for exhibitors; live local entertainment; and post-summit professional development sessions. Nearly 1,000 people attend the event each year. Those interested can learn more about the event at www.visitchattanooga.com/corporate/tourism-summit/.

Hamilton County welcomes more than 15 million visitors each year who collectively spend $1.5 billion. On average, 43,000 visitors spend $4.1 million per day; 15,000 of these visitors spend the night in our hotels.

Chattanooga Technology Council Makes Scenic City Summit

The Chattanooga Technology Council is bringing back the Scenic City Summit, Chattanooga’s largest IT professional development conference, live and in person for the first time since 2019.

The conference, which connects professionals from all industries to share new methodologies, emerging technologies, and practical knowledge on unique and engaging topics, is scheduled for the Chattanooga Convention Center on Friday, July 22 beginning at 8 a.m. Over 40 sessions are scheduled throughout the day. .

“With presentations on a range of topics and presenters from around the world, we hope this year’s conference will create new momentum for Chattanooga’s technology ecosystem,” said Walton Robinson, Executive Director of ChaTech.

This year’s keynote speaker, Michael Dowden, will discuss topics such as serverless technology and how lean systems help keep your organization resilient.

Learn more about ChaTech, Scenic City Summit and ways you can get involved by calling 423.826.8700 or visiting www.chatech.org/scs

TennSMART expo touts Tennessee EV leadership

Tennessee leaders will come together for a one-of-a-kind event that celebrates the state’s position as a powerhouse in automotive manufacturing and a generator of smart mobility solutions, from electric vehicle charging to on-road test beds open.

The first Tennessee Smart Mobility Expo will be held August 4-6 at the Music City Center in downtown Nashville. Organized by TennSMART, the three-day expo will be the first-ever public showcase of the latest transportation research, technology and solutions developed, built and deployed by companies, institutions and organizations located across Tennessee.

The expo will also highlight the critical role Tennessee’s world-renowned research institutes play in advancing smart state solutions, such as reducing electric vehicle charging times and ensuring Tennessee has a workforce ready to support OEMs for generations to come.

On the final day of the expo, a Ride + Drive event hosted by the Tennessee Valley Authority will take place outside the Music City Center and will feature an array of electric vehicles for spectators to spin.

“We believe Tennessee is a place where companies can succeed in the transportation technology industry because of the rich, collaborative environment supported by organizations like TennSMART,” said Rich Davies, chairman of the board. of TennSMART and Director of the Sustainable Transportation Program at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. . “We are thrilled to host this event and showcase the projects and initiatives that are driving innovation in Tennessee and beyond, and we thank our key partners and other sponsors for helping to make this event a reality. “

Tickets for non-TennSMART members start at $300 and can be purchased online at TNSmartMobilityExpo.com. TennSMART member tickets start at $175.

Colonial Pipeline pays for 2020 gasoline spill

A North Carolina judge signed a previously announced settlement between state environmental regulators and Colonial Pipeline for a 2020 gasoline spill at a nature preserve that turned out to be larger than the company originally described.

Under the settlement approved by Superior Court Judge Kimberly Best, Colonial Pipeline must implement specific remedial measures related to the August 2020 spill at the Oehler Nature Preserve, as well as pay nearly $5 million. dollars in penalties and investigation costs.

The company originally reported the size of the spill, which occurred about 14 miles north of Charlotte, at 273,000 gallons, but revised the estimate to 1.2 million gallons in January 2021. About 1.4 million gallons of product have been recovered from the site to date, the DEQ said in a press release.

The order stems from a lawsuit last fall in which DEQ asked Colonial to take a number of actions, including the removal, treatment or control of any source of petroleum, polyfluoroalkyl – known as of PFAS – or other contaminants that may contaminate groundwater.

Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline, which supplies about 45% of the fuel consumed on the East Coast, said last week it would “take all appropriate actions at the site to restore it to full compliance with all regulatory requirements.”

— Compiled by Dave Flessner

Javier E. Swan