Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Study: Shortage of STEM Workers Costing Tennessee Jobs

A new study says Tennessee has a severe shortage of workers qualified to fill high-tech jobs, a problem that could cost the state billions of dollars in lost business. 
http://wmot.org/post/study-shortage-stem-workers-costing-tennessee-jobs#stream/0

BERC's Tennessee STEM study

The state needs 36,000 new STEM jobs to catch up with the rest of the U.S. in relative share of STEM workforce. Creating these jobs and addressing skills issues would generate an economic impact of nearly $4.5 billion. http://www.mtsunews.com/stem-workforce-survey-2016/

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Global Commerce: Foreign Direct Investment

“Tennessee has been remarkably successful in attracting foreign investment in recent years. It is a real plus given how slow economic growth has been not only nationally but globally,” said Steven Livingston, the “Global Commerce” editor and BERC fellow who has produced the quarterly report since the late 1990s. [http://news-from-mtsu.blogspot.com/2016/03/377-mtsu-study-foreign-investment.html]

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

New BERC Housing Report Published

Tennessee home prices up, market improves in Q4 of 2015. http://www.mtsunews.com/berc-housing-4q-2015/

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Jones College Magazine Spring 2016

The new issue of Jones College magazine Enterprise MT features Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland and some of our MBA alumni.

MTSU Business Plan Competition 2016

The Wright Travel Chair in Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition open to all current MTSU students and alumni, is the year's main Entrepreneurship event through Jones College of Business at Middle Tennessee State University. Prominent early-stage company investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders from the middle Tennessee area will judge the presentations by the final student teams.

It is designed to help students and alumni in launching new business ventures, including for-profit businesses, not-for-profit businesses, corporate entrepreneurship, and social enterprise. Participants enhance their MTSU learning experience, gain feedback on ideas, develop networks, and expose their ideas to potential investors.


  • 1st Place Prize - $7,500

  • 2nd Place Prize - $5,000

  • For more detailed information about the competition, visit the Wright Travel Chair of Entrepreneurship Business Plan Competition page.

    To speak with the coordinator, contact Dr. William C. McDowell, Wright Travel Chair of Entrepreneurship, at william.mcdowell@mtsu.edu.


    Tennessee Business Barometer

    Tennessee Business Barometer: Anxiety growing in new year preview imageThe statewide Tennessee Business Barometer index declined significantly to 146 from 243 in October 2015. The quarterly index is a collaboration between Middle Tennessee State University and the Tennessee Chamber of Commerce & Industry to capture the mood and outlook of business leaders through online surveys. 
    http://www.mtsunews.com/tn-business-barometer-jan2016/