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UT Pairs with SETDD for Second Year of Smart Communities Initiative

This semester, UT faculty and students will be assessing livability conditions for senior citizens in Grundy County, developing a business plan for a farmers market in Pikeville, laying the groundwork for local and regional disaster planning, and designing commemorative spaces along the Trail of Tears.

These are among the projects that classes are undertaking throughout Tennessee as part of this year’s Smart Communities Initiative. SCI is part of Experience Learning, a newly launched initiative brings real-world problem solving into the classroom.

Through SCI, UT connects faculty and students with a Tennessee city, county, special district or other governmental organizations to engage in projects aimed at improving the area’s economy, environment and social fabric.

This year’s SCI partner is the Southeast Tennessee Development District/Chattanooga Area Regional Council of Governments, which provides programming in 10 counties in the southeast region of the Tennessee River Valley Basin (Bledsoe, Bradley, Grundy, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Polk, Rhea and Sequatchie) and Catoosa, Dade, and Walker Counties in northeast Georgia. SETDD services include historic preservation, transportation, housing, tourism, industrial development, geographic information systems, aging, and workforce development.

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