Alcoa announced a second major North American expansion
to meet the growing demand for light, durable and recyclable aluminum sheet for automotive production.
Alcoa will invest $275 million over the next three years to expand and convert capacity at its rolling mill in Alcoa, Tenn., to support automotive producers' plans to use more aluminum sheet to increase fuel efficiency, safety, durability and performance of cars and light trucks.
TOWNSEND SPRING FESTIVAL REWIND
from the Townsend Spring Festival. Thanks to our sponsors Coca-Cola, Laurel Valley Resort, WBIR, WIVK and The Daily Times.
TN CHAMBER PRESIDENT TO VISIT
Catherine Glover, President of the Tennessee Chamber
, is visiting Blount County on Thursday, May 9 at 9 a.m. So please come by the Blount Partnership office at 201 S. Washington St., in Maryville, to meet her and find out what the Chamber is doing at the state level.
BLOUNT COUNTY TOURISM DAY SET FOR MAY 10
As part of National Tourism Week, May 4-12, you're invited to join the Blount Partnership for "Tourism Day
" on May 10 at 9 a.m. to celebrate what makes Blount County, the Peaceful Side of the Smokies, an ideal tourist destination. The new travel app for SmartPhones will be unveiled.
SEE YOU AT VILLAMARIA AT MARYVILLE COLLEGE
Maryville College, in partnership with the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of East Tennessee and the Blount Partnership invites you to attend a special gathering to celebrate and share details about the newly established "Villamaria at Maryville College
The reception is Thursday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. at the Clayton Center for the Arts Recital Hall Lobby. Refreshments provided.
"Villamaria at Maryville College" is the name of the initiative that will build and strengthen relationships with the Latino community, starting in the 2013-2014 academic year.
The goal of the initiative is for Maryville College to be the higher education institution of choice for Latino students and their families in East Tennessee. Its mission statement reads: "We will listen, we will learn, and we will serve our region to become the institution of choice for our Latino community."
MUDDER RUN NEEDS PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEERS
Blount Young Leadership and Development needs your help. It's not too late to sign up to run or volunteer for Harmony Adoptions Mudder's Day Madness
, a 5K run at Montvale - May 11, 2013.
DO YOU HAVE YOUR TICKETS FOR THE HIGHLAND GAMES?
The Smoky Mountain Highland Games
are set for May 17-19 at Maryville College. This outstanding event is quite a colorful spectacle with Scottish food, athletes and outstanding musical acts.
H.O.G. RALLY VOLUNTEERS
The 2013 Tennessee State HOG Rally is coming to Maryville May 28-June 1 and volunteers are needed for the week-long celebrations, events and activities.
There are many events, activities, and places to serve during the rally week. The official website
has information including the rally schedule and a request form to personalize volunteering for specific events, times, and dates.
If you're ready to make a commitment to help your volunteer committee make this an outstanding rally -- and enhance your Rally Experience in the process -- click on the "Volunteers" link and choose the days you would like to volunteer. The link will allow you to give contact information that will not be shared with others. Type the word CHAMBER in the space asking for Chapter Name to help identify and place Blount Chamber members wishing to volunteer.
NATIONAL TECHNOLOGY SUMMIT SET
Hosted by Tennessee's 3rd District Congressman Chuck Fleischmann, the Summit will focus on energy, advanced manufacturing, workforce development, innovation and entrepreneurism. Key national and regional leadership will share insights at the event