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'A Big Deal': Cherokee Farm Announces 1st Private Tenant 
May 20 groundbreaking at Charokee Farm Innovation Campus.

Enthusiastic celebration at Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus this morning, as a large crowd that included Gov. Bill Haslam broke ground for a new building for Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc., the research-and-development park's first private tenant.

"Mission fulfilled!" UT President Joe DiPietro told jubilant well-wishers, adding that he's eagerly anticipating the next announcements of new buildings on the research campus.

Others referred to today's annoucement as "a milestone" and as "a game-changer."

"This is a big deal. The vision is starting to happen," Gov. Haslam said. "These are real-world jobs. ... We expect big things here."

Cherokee Farm is unique. It's the only R&D park in the Southeast that's affiliated with a major research university, the University of Tennessee, and a national research lab, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. will be occupying roughly half of a new 46,000-square-foot building, being developed by Partners Development with Blaine Construction and BarberMcMurray.

Cherokee Farm is now anchored by the 144,000-square-foot Joint Institute for Advanced Materials, a research center now partially occuiped but scheduled to come fully online mid-summer.

More details and news coverage here:




Gov. Bill Haslam: "This is a big deal. The vision is starting to happen."
Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and Gov. Bill Haslam
Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. to occupy new 45,000-square-foot bulding here at Cherokee Farm.
Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. is the first private tenant at Cherokee Farm.

Posted by evreeland On 20 May, 2016 at 2:46 PM