Monday, January 24, 2011

Better Living through Economics

John Siegfried from Vanderbilt University will present “Better Living through Economics” in an Economics and Finance seminar this Friday, Jan. 28, 2011, in the Business and Aerospace Building, room S128, from 12:45 - 2:15 p.m. The presentation is related to his book with the same title and it is meant to appeal to a general audience. [more information, pdf]

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Alumna Wright Recognized

MTSU alumna and Nashville businesswoman Pamela J. Wright has been recognized by the Tennessee Board of Regents with its Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Philanthropy. The award, presented by TBR Chancellor John Morgan, recognizes Wright, who made a $1.25 million commitment in 2007 to establish an endowed chair in entrepreneurship, for her outstanding support of MTSU. [more at]

[Wright Travel Chair of Entrepreneurship]

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

MTSU-TSBDC Sponsors TNCPE Performance Excellence Conference

Middle Tennessee State University’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) in partnership with the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) is sponsoring the 2011 Excellence in Tennessee Conference to be held in Franklin on February 22-23. TNCPE offers in-depth organizational assessments and feedback, coupled with high-level training in improvement methods based on the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence.

“TNCPE delivers training across the state throughout the year, but its biggest educational event is the annual Excellence in Tennessee Conference. I encourage Jones College of Business faculty members to attend this conference,” said Patrick Geho, Associate Professor BCEN and State Director of the TSBDC.

At the conference, national and regional experts and leaders from world-class organizations will provide training on best practices and improvement tools.

To learn more about TNCPE, or the Excellence in Tennessee Conference, please visit or call (800) 453-6474.

Conference details are available at

A sampling of sessions at the 2011 Excellence in Tennessee Conference:

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Tracking Tennessee's Economic Recovery

MTSU's Business and Economic Research Center partners with Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations to provide up-to-date information tracking Tennessee's economic recovery including key indicators for the state and 10 MSAs as well as current business headlines. [Tracking Tennessee's Economic Recovery site]

Monday, January 10, 2011

Rapidly Changing Job Market Brings Hopes, Fears

From the Tennessean: Murat Arik, associate director of the Business and Economic Research Center at Middle Tennessee State University, said some manufacturing jobs soon will be created in Tennessee as Volkswagen starts up in Chattanooga and Hemlock Semiconductor Group gets under way in Clarksville. [more]