Summer internships at the TN Department of Economic and Community Development

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Next Steps at Vanderbilt student Peach Chinratanalab (pictured: 1st row) and IDEAL at Lipscomb University student Brittenee Whitelow (pictured: 2nd row, right) are interning this summer in the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development. Both students were present when Governor Haslam signed legislation sponsored by Sen. Becky Massey and Rep. Martin Daniel that adds “businesses owned by persons with disabilities” to the Tennessee Minority-Owned, Woman-Owned and Small Business Procurement and Contracting Act; requires that the annual report made by the chief procurement officer concerning the awarding of purchases to minority-owned business, woman-owned business, service-disabled veteran-owned business, or small business and the total value of awards made also include the total dollar amount of purchases awarded to all businesses in this state.