Gov. Haslam sees bright future for E. Tenn. Technology Park

Governor Bill Haslam got a first hand look at cleanup efforts on former Manhattan Project property in Oak Ridge.

The governor toured the East Tennessee Technology Park on Friday with local officials.

Crews are working to clean up the U.S. Department of Energy property over the next several years and prepare it for future re-development.

Governor Haslam said the property's features and location make it a hot commodity not often seen in East Tennessee.

"We have a two thousand acre, flat piece of property, formerly obviously used as part of the Manhattan Project. But now has all the infrastructure, is close to great transportation, the interstate's three miles away, McGhee Tyson Airport is 30 miles away, close to major education, the University of Tennessee, Roane State, Pellissippi State. This is unique in Tennessee to have this type of property available," said Gov. Haslam.

The East Tennessee Technology Park once housed buildings such as the former K-25 Uranium Enrichment Facility which was recently torn down.


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