Coverings Conference
Orlando, Florida | April 4-7, 2017

The tile and ceramic industry is continuing to grow throughout Tennessee. To attract additional investment in this industry, Tennessee had a presence at the Coverings Conference in Orlando, Florida on April 4-7. The Tennessee Economic Partnership worked closely with the State of Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to host a reception on Wednesday night at Orlando’s B.B. Kings. The reception boasted attendance by many of the top ceramic industry leaders, and many great connections were made. ECD reports several strong leads directly from this event.

Taste of Tennessee Dinner at IAMC Spring Forum
Tampa, Florida | April 8-12, 2017

TEP hosted a Tennessee branded dinner and whiskey tasting at Jackson’s Bistro on Monday evening for the top consultants attending the IAMC Spring Form in Tampa. The evening began with a short welcome reception featuring a signature cocktail of Lynchburg Lemonade. Conversations continued throughout a seated dinner, and then Chairman Clay Walker led the group through a fun Tennessee whiskey tasting and gave brief remarks about Tennessee and its business-friendly culture. Guests left the event with leather tri-star coasters and a small bottle of Jack Daniel’s as a memento from their evening. 

Key Market Visit and Cubs Game
Chicago, Illinois | May 2-4, 2017

TEP hosted a key market visit to Chicago on May 2-4. In-office meetings were scheduled, and then on Thursday afternoon, our group hosted a suite at the Chicago Cubs vs. Philadelphia Phillies baseball game for consultants and prospects to join us for a fun afternoon of networking and baseball.

CMA Festival
Nashville, Tennessee | June 9-11, 2017
TEP reserved a suite for Saturday, June 10 at the 2017 CMA Festival in Nashville, targeting top consultants to attend the event. Consultants, along with their guests, flew into Nashville on Friday, June 9, for a few pre-festival events with our TEP representatives, then were given the opportunity to explore the festivities of CMA Festival downtown throughout the day on Saturday before the evening concert. For more information or to attend, email

Bristol Red Carpet Tour
August 17-20, 2017

Williamson Red Carpet Tour
September 21-24, 2017

Detroit Key Market Visit | Fall 2017
More details to come.

Dallas Key Market Visit | Fall 2017
More details to come.

Regional Red Carpet Tours
The Tennessee Economic Partnership will fund a red carpet tour grant in each of the state's three grand divisions in 2017. Details about the West, Middle and East Tennessee red carpet tour will be announced soon. Applications are now being accepted. Click here to complete an application.