FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       Contact:  Chuck Grimes

July 7, 2011                                                                                         Phone:  (615) 741-1967

 NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) was reappointed to the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation’s Board of Directors by Lieutenant Governor Ron Ramsey last month.  His new term on the Board will last through June 2015. 

The Tennessee Technology Development Corporation (TTDC) is a not-for-profit corporation created by state law to expand and enhance science and technology-based businesses throughout Tennessee in pursuit of sustainable new industries.  The TTDC works closely with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, local business development organizations, the investment community, and various research institutions to recruit and strengthen technology-related companies in the state.  Under the administration of Governor Bill Haslam, the TTDC has partnered to promote and execute his INCITE initiative and enhance the concept of “technology transfer” by which public sector research smoothly transitions into private sector development and production.  The Corporation’s Board of Directors is a mix of experience and talent from the public and private sectors that work toward these goals. 

“We are thrilled to have Senator Norris reappointed to TTDC’s board of directors,” said Dr. Leslie Wisner-Lynch, Executive Director for the TTDC.  “He brings tremendous insight and strength to our board as a public servant with a strong commitment to small businesses.  We thank Senator Norris for his willingness to support TTDC and its cause.” 

“It is a privilege to serve on this Board and work with a collection of individuals dedicated to the industry and enterprise of the 21st Century,” Norris said of the reappointment.  “All business expansion is important to our state, and I’m glad that TTDC works to encourage responsible investment in businesses of the future.  Governor Haslam’s belief in ‘investing in innovation’ is held firm on this board.” 

First elected to the Senate in 2000, Norris became Majority Leader in 2007.  Leader Norris represents the West Tennessee Counties of Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, and Dyer in District 32.  An attorney with the law firm of Adams and Reese LLP in Memphis, Norris lives in Collierville. 

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