Role of biz in job creation to be discussed

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

NASHVILLE -- Gov. Bill Haslam and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Bill Hagerty say Startup America Partnership Chief Executive Officer Scott Case will speak at the Commissioner's Luncheon next week.

The Startup America Partnership is a private organization working to help young companies succeed in order to grow jobs, and it has announced more than $500 million in private-sector commitments to support startups since launching in January.

Case is to speak at Hagerty's luncheon on Sept. 22, during the 58th annual Governor's Conference on Economic and Community Development in Nashville.

"Through his own experience as an entrepreneur and now leading the Startup America Partnership, Scott can offer conference attendees an expert perspective on what can be done in their communities to support entrepreneurship and drive the economy," Haslam said. "Business startups are an important generator of new jobs as we work to make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs."

The Startup America Partnership is focused on bringing together some of the country's most successful organizations to provide valuable resources to young companies with high growth potential. Those resources fall into five key areas that are critical to an entrepreneur's success: talent, services, expertise, customers and capital.

Case joined Haslam, Hagerty, and Entrepreneur Center President and CEO Michael Burcham in June to announce the formation of Startup Tennessee, Tennessee's statewide initiative to support entrepreneurs and help startups create jobs. The program is a part of the INCITE Initiative, designed to support innovation across the state and a key component of the Governor's Jobs4TN economic development plan. Led by the Entrepreneur Center, Startup Tennessee leverages the best practices and national network of the Startup America Partnership to enhance and grow the state's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

"Tennessee is well positioned to become one of the leading entrepreneurial ecosystems in the country, and I am excited to be joining Gov. Haslam and Commissioner Hagerty for this year's Governor's Conference," Case said. "They understand that startups create jobs and fostering entrepreneurship is what's going to drive our economic prosperity."

Case was the founding Chief Technology Officer of Priceline, the "Name Your Own Price" company that was one of only a few startups in U.S. history to reach a billion dollars in annual sales in less than 24 months. As CTO, Case was responsible for building the technology that enabled Priceline's hyper-growth.

Hundreds of state and local officials, business leaders and economic developers will convene at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel on Sept. 22 and 23 for the 58th annual Governor's Conference on Economic and Community Development for a series of educational sessions, networking and sharing of best practices. Attendees may learn about the state's Jobs4TN economic development plan that's focused on leveraging and aligning existing assets, encouraging innovation and reducing government regulation.