Chris Daly has undertaken technology and entrepreneurial ventures for years. So his new job directing the activities at Chattanooga’s Enterprise Center is a sure fit, he said Wednesday.
“I’ve been doing this stuff on my own dime,” he said.
Mr. Daly was tapped as director of technology development and transfer at the center, which promotes technology-based economic development in the city.
Mr. Daly, who is director and vice president for the Chattanooga Technology Council, said the city is gathering critical mass for “an amazing burst of growth.”
Volkswagen’s pick of Chattanooga for its new auto assembly plant validates that scenario, he said.
J. Wayne Cropp, the center’s chief executive, cited Mr. Daly’s passion for technology and his entrepreneurial background.
He said Mr. Daly has been a chief information officer and chief financial officer of other ventures.
“He understands the financial part,” Mr. Cropp said.
Mr. Daly will lead the center’s development programs and concentrate on advanced transportation, alternative energy and technology transfer. The center’s high-tech development initiatives include growing jobs through linking local business and industry with the region’s scientific and technical community.
Jim Hall, chairman of the center’s board, said that with Volkswagen’s arrival and talks of added nuclear energy-oriented suppliers coming to the area, Mr. Daly will help continue to position Chattanooga as a major technology corridor.
“His qualifications will help us carry out our mission and work to develop technology-based jobs in our growing community,” Mr. Hall said.
Mr. Daly said that with the downturn in the stock market, it is a good time now to invest in technology.
“The risk factor for venture capitalists and entrepreneurs hasn’t changed that much,” he said.
Mr. Daly has worked closely with the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Medicine for four years to provide field experience and knowledge to students.
He is a former assistant administrator for Valley Hospital.
Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...