Citizens come first in Chattanooga’s smart city efforts

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Mary Helen Montgomery This summer, a detective approached Austin Harris, a computer scientist at UTC, looking for help on a murder case. The detective knew that the center where Harris works — The Center for Urban Informatics and Progress (CUIP) — manages about 30 cameras along MLK Blvd that they use to study urban life. […]

New incubator for food and beverage start-ups opening on MLK Blvd

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Mary Helen Montgomery There’s a new space in Chattanooga for innovators in the food and beverage industry to experiment with their products and scale their business. The new concept, Proof, will open March 13 on MLK Blvd., in what was formerly Two Sons Kitchen and Douglas Heights Bakery. Proof will bring a unique asset to Chattanooga […]

Chattanooga celebrates National Digital Inclusion Week

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Matty Parker In 2020, a year which has highlighted the depth of our nation’s digital divide, Digital Inclusion Week held special significance. Held annually in October – this year, October 5-9 – the internationally celebrated week aims to raise awareness of solutions addressing home internet access, personal devices, and local technology training and support programs. […]

The Pop-Up Project creates opportunities for local talent

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MATTY PARKER When dancers Mattie Waters and Jules Downum looked around Chattanooga’s performance art scene after returning to to town a few years ago, they saw something very unfortunate. “We noticed the amazing talent that exists here that was moving away to other cities to find opportunity,” says Mattie. Mattie and Jules wanted to change […]

The Enterprise Center team’s commitment to racial equity

Nikki Sneed We, the Staff and Executive Committee of the Board of The Enterprise Center, stand firmly with the Black community as we experience pain, anger, and grief over the violent treatment and murder of so many in the Black community. We will learn from this experience by reflecting, discussing, and taking actions that continually […]

Howard and Hixson receive Mozilla grant for biomedical science research

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Nikki Sneed Students at Hixson High School and The Howard School have been awarded a Mozilla Open Science Grant to develop biomedical science projects. The international grant was also awarded to researchers in Ghana, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany and other U.S. cities, but Hixson and Howard were the only K-12 institutions to receive […]

WorkHound brings innovative solution to truck driver retention

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KATIE LOVE, CUSTOMER SUCCESS MANAGER AT WORKHOUND By helping drivers feel heard, WorkHound reduces turnover and saves carriers money — from their office in the Innovation District of Chattanooga. WorkHound has been in the Innovation District since the Fall of 2017, and we’ve had a front row seat to witness the growth of our immediate […]

Deb Socia to lead The Enterprise Center

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We are thrilled to announce that Debra Socia has been selected to replace Ken Hays as President & CEO of The Enterprise Center, effective July 2019. Socia currently serves as the president of DC-based Next Century Cities, which advocates for communities who seek to ensure that all have access to fast, affordable, and reliable broadband. […]

Deb Socia, Founder of Tech Goes Home, Receives National Digital Equity Award

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Geoff Millener Deb Socia, Executive Director of Next Century Cities, was named the third annual Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion awardee at the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s Net Inclusion summit in Cleveland. Among Ms. Socia’s many, many accomplishments, she founded Tech Goes Home in Boston in 2000, after more than thirty years as a public school educator and having seen first-hand […]