Economic Development

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Kim Denton : TCED Director, CIS

Kim Denton

TCED Director, CIS

865.974.8464 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
kim.denton@tennessee.edu

Kim Denton serves as the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer (TCED) Director for the University of Tennessee Center for Industrial Services.  The TCED Program provides quality training, continuing education and professional development opportunities for economic and community development practitioners and community leaders.

Denton came to the university in 2014 as Associate Director in the UT Office of Corporate & Foundation Engagement, which connects industry and foundation partners to opportunities in research, innovation, technology and economic development.  Denton also served as Associate Director of Corporate Relations in the UT Haslam College of Business, where she built a corporate engagement program and managed corporate partnerships.

Prior to coming to UT, Denton spent 15 years as President/CEO of the Oak Ridge Economic Partnership leading the economic development efforts for greater Oak Ridge.  She previously served as Marketing Director for Tennessee’s Resource Valley (now ETEDA) and as Director of Marketing & Corporate Communications for PHP Companies (now Humana).

Denton is past chair of the Tennessee Economic Partnership, past president of the Tennessee Economic Development Council and currently sits on the CDFA Tennessee Advisory Committee and Blount Mansion Board of Directors.  

Denton earned her B.S. in Marketing Communications from the University of Florida and is a Certified Economic & Community Developer.  She is married to Dennis Denton, an account manager with WW Grainger, and enjoys sports, travel and antiques.

Misty DePriest : Resource Program Manager, CIS

Misty DePriest

Resource Program Manager, CIS

931.626.5321 | 193 Polk Ave., Suite C, Nashville, TN 37210
Misty.DePriest@tennessee.edu
Dwaine Raper : Solutions Consultant Team Leader, CIS

Dwaine Raper

Solutions Consultant Team Leader, CIS

423.926.8282 | 2112 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 37601
dwaine.raper@tennessee.edu

Dwaine Raper leads the Solutions Consultant Team at the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services(CIS).  CIS is an agency of the Institute for Public Service, and the NIST Manufacturing Extension Partner Center serving the state of TN.  The CIS Solutions Consultant Team provides industrial extension services throughout the state of TN, working with manufacturers and industry partners, helping them improve performance and profitability, and to grow.  Before joining CIS in 2007, Dwaine gained 15 years of manufacturing operations and supply chain management experience with manufacturing companies in the automotive and electronics industries.  Dwaine holds two business degrees from East Tennessee State University (MBA and BBA).  He also maintains supply chain management related professional certifications; Certified Production and Inventory Manager (CPIM) and Certified Supply Chain Professional (CSCP), both from APICS – The Association for Operations Management.

Chuck Shoopman : Assistant Vice President, IPS

Chuck Shoopman

Assistant Vice President, IPS

865.974.9854 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
chuck.shoopman@tennessee.edu

Chuck Shoopman is Assistant Vice President of the University of Tennessee’s Institute for Public Service (IPS).  The Institute is composed of five outreach organizations that connect people and solutions to improve the efficiency and performance of businesses and governments across Tennessee. 

Shoopman currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE) and is Past-President of the University Economic Development Association (UEDA), representing over 150 member institutions across the U.S.

Before rejoining UT in 2004, Shoopman worked over ten years with the Tennessee Valley Authority’s (TVA) Economic Development organization.  While at TVA he served in a variety of leadership roles, including Acting Vice President of Economic Development.  Program responsibilities ranged from managing the organization’s revolving loan programs and small business assistance efforts to international industrial development activities.

An alumnus of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Vanderbilt University, Chuck and his wife Kathy are the proud parents of two adult sons and two adult daughters.

Beth Phillips : Economic Development Team Leader, CIS

Beth Phillips

Economic Development Team Leader, CIS

865.974.0268 | 1610 University Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37921
beth.phillips@tennessee.edu

Beth Phillips leads the Economic Development Team of the University of Tennessee’s Center for Industrial Services, an agency of the Institute for Public Service.  Working with partners across the state, the team focuses on connecting businesses, governments, and economic development organizations with the assets of the university to grow Tennessee’s economy.  Phillips is also the Director of the University’s EDA University Center, which leverages university resources to build regional economic competitiveness, help existing companies innovate and expand, and advance entrepreneurship and technology commercialization.  Her team also manages the Tennessee Certified Economic Developer program, and coordinates its technology-led economic development efforts, including the SBIR/STTR (Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer) Assistance Center.  Phillips has over thirty years’ experience in economic and community development in Tennessee, including working with the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development to recruit new businesses to the state, support existing industry retention and expansion, and enhance community economic competitiveness.  Phillips received her undergraduate degree in marketing and transportation from the University of Georgia, and her MBA from the University of Tennessee.  She and her husband have two daughters and live in Knoxville, where she is active in many community organizations.