Norris praises Drive to 55 Capacity Fund Grant for TCAT Memphis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) hailed the grant as a giant step forward.

“Shelby County is home to more medical device manufacturers and suppliers than almost any county in the United States. The medical device industry is Tennessee’s largest exporter, responsible for 17,000 local jobs. It contributes $2.6 billion to the economy and some $46 million in annual revenues to state and local governments.

“It is incumbent on us to help ensure that the medical device industry remains a vital part of Tennessee’s economy. A ready, skilled workforce is essential, and this grant is significant,” said Norris.

TCAT Memphis, under the direction of Roland Raynor and his team, working with the City of Bartlett and the Haas Foundation, will utilize the $4 million grant to create a new, satellite campus supporting a new medical device institute.

“This grant will enable students to pursue careers in advanced manufacturing with specific training in the medical device industry. As far as workforce development and education go, this is a giant step forward on West Tennessee’s pathway to prosperity.”

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