Innovation topic at First Friday

Chamber members will have the opportunity to hear from Eric Tomlinson DSc, PhD, President of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter at First Friday Means Business in February.


Tomlinson will discuss the purpose of creating an ecosystem for innovation that supports the people, academia and companies in their discovery and development of products and services.


The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter was one of the stops visited by participants on the Aspirational Cities Tour this past September. The visit to the Innovation Quarter is even more relevant today because of the recent announcement by the Savannah River National Laboratory (SRNL) that it will be exploring a collaborative public, private and academic sector partnership to promote the development of an advanced manufacturing center in the CSRA.


Savannah River Site Manager, Jack Craig said, “We expect SRNL to be the focal point for leveraging public and private sector resources in an innovative, collaborative approach to accelerate progress in our legacy cleanup missions while bringing scientific, manufacturing and economic innovation to the region.”


Tomlinson will share how the Winston-Salem community embraced the Innovation Quarter and used it as an anchor to create a growing innovation district and even larger aspirational zone.


Chamber President J. David Jameson asks the question, “Could the SRNL project be leveraged for Aiken in the same way?”


In addition to Tomlinson’s presentation, there will be updates from the city, county, Chamber and this month’s First Friday Means Business sponsor Stable View, LLC. Members who wish to register for the February First Friday Means Business should visit the Chamber’s calendar of events at

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