Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam


Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam visits UTC Thursday morning when he will receive the fifth annual report by the Employment First Task Force. This report documents the work done by the Employment First Task Force to increase competitive employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Prior to the report presentation, Haslam will tour the University Center food court, where several people with intellectual and developmental disabilities work on campus for the food services vendor Aramark.

Haslam will be joined by the state Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Commissioner Debra K. Payne, Department of Human Services Commissioner Danielle W. Barnes, UTC Chancellor Steven R. Angle and Executive Vice Chancellor Richard Brown; and persons with disabilities supported by Orange Grove Center.

Haslam’s visit begins at 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

According to the Governor’s Office, the Employment First Task Force was created by Haslam’s Executive Order No. 28. Its purpose is to increase employment outcomes for people with disabilities by bringing state agencies, people with disabilities and their families and other stakeholders together to identify and remove barriers to employment, the Governor’s office said.

More about the Employment First Task Force: https://www.tn.gov/didd/for-consumers/employment–first.html


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