The Enterprise Center is establishing Chattanooga as a hub of innovation, improving people’s lives by leveraging the city’s digital technology to create, demonstrate, test, and apply solutions for the 21st century.
Here are a few of the ways we are doing it.
The Chattanooga Innovation District, designated in January 2015, is part of Chattanooga’s dense and walkable urban core that contains a catalytic mix of start-up businesses, incubators, accelerators and other innovation economy generators and amenities. Learn more about Chattanooga's Innovation District.
Applications and Research
The Applications and Research agenda aims to increase Chattanooga’s opportunities as a national test-bed, or living laboratory for the creation, development, education, and business generation potential of the city’s digital assets, in particular the gigabit network and smart grid.
Tech Goes Home is a digital inclusion program that works with community partners to help residents across Hamilton County gain access to the skills, hardware, and Internet connectivity required for 21st century success. To learn more about the program, or find out where courses are being offered this fall, visit Tech Goes Home CHA.
In 2013, newly elected Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke tasked a group of 25 Chattanoogans with determining how to build on the success already realized through ad-hoc, volunteer-based, loosely-organized efforts to maximize the "gig" opportunity. A few months later, Mayor Berke, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger, and Congressman Chuck Fleischmann responded to the task force's recommendations by forming a new entity focused solely on guiding community efforts related to the "gig": The Enterprise Center.
- Information technology and innovation are driving the new global economy.
- In working together collaboratively.
- Equity and inclusion must be hallmarks of our work.
- Chattanooga’s unique character and spirit are key advantages for a leap into the new economy.
A Case Study of Chattanooga
Little Town, Layered Ecosystem: Kauffman Foundation Research Series on City, Metro, and Regional Entrepreneurship
What we're doing...
4K Microscope at STEM School Chattanooga
STEM students in Chattanooga, home to the country’s first community-wide gigabit network, are experiencing biology and STEM like never before. Watch the video to learn more!