A week after giving his State of Tennessee address, Gov. Bill Lee was back in Knoxville.

The Knoxville Chamber hosted its annual Governor’s Breakfast on Friday, March 15th, 2019 at the Downtown Knoxville Hilton. At his first ever Chamber breakfast address, Governor Bill Lee received a warm welcome from over 400 officials, local business owners, and area residents.

Key discussion topics for the morning included his key initiatives during his first year, FEMA assistance plans, and SEC football.

Lee also offered support of the UT Promise program, but said the Tennessee as a whole needs to work hard to lower the overall costs of college.

“The University of Tennessee is developing their own strategy for attracting students,” he said. “We need to continue to work through the Higher Education Commission to keep college as affordable as possible in this state because we want to attract as many folks as we can to post-secondary (education).”

“I think we should talk a lot about K-12 education and how it connects to post-secondary,” he said. “That’s why I rolled out the Governor’s Investment in Vocational Education, the GIVE Act, to create more pathways for vocational, technical and agricultural education for kids all across Tennessee.

“The more pathways we can provide the more success our kids will have,” he said.

Among those in attendance for the morning were Congressman Tim Burchett, as well as numerous local officials including the City of Knoxville’s Mayor Madeline Rogero and Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs.


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