What is ‘digital inclusion,’ and why are Chattanooga and Hamilton County leaders?

Six women sit around a table in an outdoor pavilion looking at laptops. They are participating in a Tech Goes Home course with Bridge Refugee Services.

Everyone should have access to technology. Without a computer and the internet (and the skills to use them), basic tasks can now feel nearly impossible. Even so, many Americans — including many Chattanoogans — struggle to use technology and don’t have a home internet connection or computer.  The “digital inclusion” movement aims to ensure that […]

EPB and partners will provide home internet to low-income students at no cost

By Mary Helen Montgomery Hamilton County will become the first community in the nation to offer no-charge high-speed internet to every family with a child on free or reduced lunch. In a major step for our community, EPB announced that the 28,500 Hamilton County Schools students who qualify for free and reduced lunch will receive […]

Chattanooga and Hamilton County named ‘Digital Inclusion Trailblazer’

A red and green graphic reads: Digital Inclusion Trailblazers, National Digital Inclusion Alliance, digitalinclusion.org/trailblazers

By Mary Helen Montgomery CHATTANOOGA, TN — The City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County have together been named a “Digital Inclusion Trailblazer” by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance. The recognition was given to 16 communities across the country whose local governments promote digital literacy and broadband access. Chattanooga and Hamilton County are in the company of […]

UNC’s Morehead-Cain Scholars study Smart City innovation in Chattanooga

This photo shows six college students from UNC standing on the roof of the Edney Innovation Center in Chattanooga, posing for a photo.

Six Morehead-Cain Scholars from UNC Chapel Hill are working with The Enterprise Center this summer to understand the impact of Smart City technologies on life in Chattanooga. The students are looking at the intersection of Smart City investments and social determinants of health — or how technology infrastructure in the places people live, work, and […]

The Enterprise Center’s Geoff Millener Wins National Digital Equity Award

By The Enterprise Center Geoff Millener has been named a 2021 Charles Benton Digital Equity Champion, a recognition of leadership and dedication in advancing digital equity. Geoff, who is the senior program and operations officer at The Enterprise Center, was selected by the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) and the Benton Institute for Broadband and […]

Thousands of disconnected residents get online with help from community partners

A black map with blue dots shows were WiFi hotspots are available in the Chattanooga area.

By Mary Helen Montgomery As residents of the Chattanooga region began to practice social distancing, The Enterprise Center, EPB, and Hamilton County Schools estimated there were up to 10,000 students without internet access at home. After working quickly and collaboratively with partners, we now estimate at least 4,000 residents (many of them students) who were […]

COVID Small Business Resource Dashboard

A graphic reads: Chattanooga Area Small Business Resources in response to Covid-19 chabusiness.com.

We know that COVID-19 has created many challenges for Chattanooga area businesses and non-profits and it is now more important than ever to easily find resources and information to get you through this time. This interactive database is meant to help our local small business community sift through information – from relief funds to webinars […]

Creatives of all experience levels gather in Chattanooga for TopCon

Seven people sit at a table at The Edney for the TopCon creative conference.

By Michael Mahaffey What is TopCon and how did it get started? TopCon is a two-day creative conference in Chattanooga, TN, that took place this year in early November and held sessions at The Edney Innovation Center. Speakers come each year from around the country, drawing attendees locally and regionally who work as artists, photographers, […]

Turning on a computer, after up to 20 years

A green log with a leaf reads The Next Door

By MARANDA WILSON, MSCJ – REGIONAL ASSISTANT DIRECTOR  &  MIRANDA ROBERSON, BSCJ – TECH GOES HOME INSTRUCTOR During time spent incarcerated, people often lose touch with the evolution of technology. Tech Goes Home has partnered with The Next Door to help women get reacquainted with technology prior to their release. What is The Next Door? The Next […]

Innovation and soccer: UTC & Operation Get Active measure sports’ impact

A photo shows seven kids and two coaches on a soccer filed posing.

KARISSA PEYER, PHD & MARISSA GUARNIERI Every afternoon when the school bell rings, hundreds of elementary school kids across Chattanooga head to soccer practice. They are part of Operation Get Active (OGA), a health initiative program that uses the game of soccer to encourage young people in the Chattanooga area to live active and healthy lifestyles. The […]