IPS Expands in Middle Tennessee

The UT Institute for Public Service (IPS) is expanding its footprint in Nashville by adding 7,750 square feet of training space to one of its existing office locations.

The additional training space will be at 193 Polk Ave., adjacent to the current offices of the IPS agency UT Center for Industrial Services. The additional space will be broken into training rooms, breakout rooms, coordination space, a kitchen and a conference room. Work to retro-fit the space is expected to start in late 2019.

Increased training requests in Middle Tennessee have necessitated the need for the space.


Naifeh Center’s CPM Program Approved for Veterans’ Benefits

The Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership has received approval from the Veterans Administration, through the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, for the training of veterans and their eligible dependents in the Certified Public Manager program.

“I found out about the TN CPM program from a good friend of mine, and I thought that the program would be a great opportunity for me because I have a passion for leadership and management training based upon my prior military career,” says Michael Parson, a current program student.

The curriculum is for those who would like a challenging career and to be exposed to new ideas. With the recent approval for veteran training, participants will be enriched with the invaluable experience from those who have served in military roles.


UT Center for Industrial Services Certifies Three New Economic Developers

The UT Center for Industrial Services graduated its 11th class in its Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Program. This cohort brings the total number of Tennessee certified economic developers to 67.

The graduates gathered in Nashville to present their capstone projects, the final requirement for certification. TCED candidates completed a week-long Basic Economic Development Course in addition to a series of six core courses pertinent to economic and community development. The TCED Program gives participants a broad-based knowledge of economic trends, tools and core components required to compete in today’s global economy.

The fall 2019 TCED graduates are:

  • Kathy Barber, economic development specialist with the UT Center for Industrial Services,Knoxville
  • Bridget Jones, CEO and principal, Jones-Bridget Consulting Group, Columbia
  • Julian McTizic, mayor, Bolivar