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City-State, LLC named HUBZone Small Business of the Year

City-State, LLC of Knoxville was named HUBZone Small Business of the Year for FY 2015 at a ceremony held at the 15th Annual DOE Small Business Forum & Expo on May 24, 2016.

The award recognizes the excellence of a small business, certified by the U.S. Small Business Administration as located and operating within a Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone), directly contributing to core DOE mission accomplishments.

City-State, LLC (CSL) is an SBA certified HUBZone small business located in Knoxville, Tennessee. CSL has attended the DOE’s Annual Small Business Forum & Expo since 2008 and has used the conference to develop partnerships with other contractors around the nation. In 2011, CSL was admitted into the DOE Mentor-Protégé Program and at the 2011 SB Conference, ORNL small business program staff introduced them to Edgewater Technical Services (the 2010 DOE SB of the Year) resulting in a partnership resulted in winning/maintaining a prime subcontract with URS|CH2M Oak Ridge, LLC (UCOR). Through their own marketing efforts, CSL has expanded into other ORNL contracts and improved the Company infrastructure in the areas of environmental compliance, health and safety, quality assurance and many other departments.

In addition to the DOE Environmental Management (EM) work, CSL provides expertise for a variety of DOE’s Science missions, including:

  • FY 2015 expert technical support for DOE projects
  • relating to the Critical Materials Institute for clean
  • energy technology development.
  • FY 2015 program assessors as a subject matter experts
  • (SME) to support ORNL’s Nonreactor Nuclear Facilities
  • Division (NNFD).
  • FY 2015 SMEs for testing and analysis leading
  • to publication for residual stress, texture, pair
  • distribution function and quantitative x-ray diffraction
  • measurements on meal and ceramic materials at
  • various temperatures.

CSL has generated significant cost savings in the areas of recycling/waste management, characterization and reuse/ recycle/disposal for ORNL. For example, CSL was the UT-Battelle prime contractor for the sampling, pumping, shipping and disposal of radioactively and mercury contaminated wastewaters from ORNL research facilities at Y-12. Between 2012 and 2014, CSL innovated mechanisms for shipping and disposing of over 100,000 gallons of contaminated wastewater resulting in estimated cost savings of 50% or $325,000.