Podcast to feature advanced energy leaders in transportation electrification, battery supply chains, clean energy technology, workforce development, and more

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On August 23, the Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council (TAEBC) and FirstBank launched “Energizing Tennessee,” the number one podcast for news about Tennessee’s advanced energy sector, at an event hosted by FirstBank. 

With the first episode set to air in September, “Energizing Tennessee” will explore the latest news and insights about Tennessee’s growing advanced energy sector. Featured guests will include electric vehicle (EV), transportation, energy, and technology experts from across the state’s leading industry, research, academic, and government institutions. 

“Tennessee has become the #1 state in the country for the EV supply chain because of our thriving advanced energy ecosystem,” said Cortney Piper, Executive Director, TAEBC. “In this podcast, we talk to the people that made this happen and delve deeper into what transportation electrification and advanced energy innovation mean for the future of our State. TAEBC is thrilled to partner with FirstBank on this initiative, which will help inform our State’s workforce, policymakers, and industry leaders on the powerful role advanced energy plays in our state’s economy.”

The podcast will highlight electrification and decarbonization strategies in the Tennessee Valley, with episodes spanning a range of topics from Ford’s BlueOval City to Tennessee’s Green Star Partnership and rural solar deployment to the future of clean energy in meeting carbon reduction targets. It will include a mini-series on transportation electrification with guests such as Joe Hoagland, Vice President of Enterprise Relations and Innovation at the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Tricia Martínez, Managing Director of the Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator. 

Future episodes are expected to include industry executives from Tennessee’s major automotive companies, as well as battery manufacturers, materials suppliers, recyclers, and some of the State’s leading employers such as Bridgestone, Volkswagen, Pilot, and more. 

“​​We’re privileged to represent the financial sector as we work with TAEBC to develop programs that promote Tennessee’s advanced energy economy and proactively improve our state’s future,” said Jim Mosby, Nashville Regional President, FirstBank. We want to be a part of TAEBC’s push to grow our State’s economy through innovation, and the launch of this podcast gives us the opportunity to engage with advanced energy experts to deliver on our promise of improving the sustainability of our communities right here in Tennessee.” 

The podcast will also feature Tennessee’s growing cleantech entrepreneurial community, including graduates from one of the many tech-focused startup programs such as the University of Tennessee’s Spark Cleantech Accelerator, Oak Ridge National Laboratory’s Innovation Crossroads, and Techstars Industries of the Future Accelerator. 

To listen to the “Energizing Tennessee” podcast trailer, click here

To hear the latest episodes, subscribe to “Energizing Tennessee” on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts. 

About Tennessee Advanced Energy Business Council

TAEBC champions advanced energy as an economic development and job creation strategy. Advanced energy is technology neutral and includes electricity and transportation. Anything that makes energy cleaner, safer, more secure or more efficient is in the tent. No other entity in the state concentrates specifically on this robust sector. We educate public officials and business leaders about Tennessee’s advanced energy economy, establish strategic partnerships to connect assets with opportunities, and inform policy that expands and strengthens the industry. For more information, visit: https://tnadvancedenergy.com/

About FirstBank 

FirstBank, a wholly owned subsidiary of FB Financial Corporation (NYSE: FBK), is the third largest Tennessee-headquartered bank, with 82 full-service branches across Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama and North Georgia, and mortgage offices across the Southeast. The bank serves five of the major metropolitan markets in Tennessee and, with approximately $12.6 billion in total assets, has the resources to provide a comprehensive variety of financial services and products.