Grand Challenge

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Harnessing science, technology and innovation to transform rural living.

Developing and supporting the success of rural areas throughout Tennessee in a way that can be replicated to help rural areas throughout the country and the world. Engaging every academic discipline in this effort, bringing expertise and collaboration to examine rural challenges in these areas. Faculty, students, staff and administrators are working on this Grand Challenge that will leverage the unique assets of Tennessee Tech.


What's Happening Now

  • Healthcare professionals learning
    about administration of rural facilities
  • Remote Area Medical Clinic
  • Center for Rural Innovation
  • Small Business Development Center
  • Cybersecurity Education, Research & Outreach Center
  • STEM Mobile for K-12 student access
  • Water quality research to monitor and protect natural resources
  • Archives of rural history

Where We Are Going

  • Increasing availability of broadband
  • Increasing access to affordable, quality childcare and healthcare
  • Developing sustainable food sources
  • Promoting economic development and entrepreneurship
  • Increasing educational attainment and technical job skills

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