Hazel Orick Gibson, MBA, CPPB | Procurement Analyst & Advisor
Knoxville’s Community Development Corporation

I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.” 
~ Beryl Markham ~

Beryl Markham was a remarkable woman who often shattered expectations and refused to live by societal norms.  Her wild spirit led her to many great adventures and some near death experiences, yet she refused to dwell on the pain of those experiences.  Instead she raced forward to the next big adventure, which is what we must do in 2021; refuse to live in the comfort of our past for we can never go there again.  2020 has forever changed our world; the way we live and work and the way we communicate and relate to one another will never be the same.  We can choose to look at 2020 with hatred and despise the lessons learned or we can choose to forge ahead and appreciate the growth.  I choose to forge ahead and I hope you will join me in welcoming 2021 with a renewed hope and a spirit of accomplishment for all we have gained. 

NIGP Chapter Performance Seal

ETPA is awarded NIGP’s Silver Chapter Performance Seal at the NIGP Forum 2020.  NIGP recognizes outstanding chapters who engage their chapters and communities at a high level and exhibit outstanding performance with the Chapter Performance Seal Awards.  Congratulations ETPA!!

2020 Fall Conference

We look forward to seeing you at the 2020 Virtual Fall Conference!  We have a great line up of speakers and educational topics to enhance your professional development.  Be sure to register soon!

We look forward to seeing you all very soon! 

Stay Safe & Healthy!

Hazel