Dan Ryan receives inaugural Board Volunteer Award

The Enterprise Center’s last board meeting saw Dan Ryan named the first recipient of The Enterprise Center Board Volunteer Award. With such an active group of community leaders on the board, The Enterprise Center team felt it crucial — if excruciatingly difficult — to recognize one board member for going above and beyond in their […]

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 […]

Mary Stargel to leave role as Director of Innovation District Programs

By The Enterprise Center The Enterprise Center would like to announce the departure of Mary Stargel, the Director of Innovation District Programs. Mary has been an integral part of The Enterprise Center staff for five years. She was part of a small, dedicated team who envisioned, and then created, a vibrant community at the Edney […]

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, […]

Chattanooga’s Elixir community working to develop diverse tech talent

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Maggie Tate Have you been to a technical conference and been disappointed at the lack of diversity? So have we, and in 2017, Bruce Tate, author, programmer and speaker decided to do something about it. He called in every favor and friend developed over his 30-year programming career to start the Gig City Elixir, a […]

Makers at NOMCON showed that ‘creativity is power

Nikki Sheed NOMCOM, the annual Nation of Maker’s Conference, came to Chattanooga this year, hosting panels, workshops and speakers all celebrating ‘the power of the network.’ Where better than Gig City? Bringing together a global maker community for the weekend, NOMCON kicked off Friday, June 14th by offering attendees tours of innovative spaces in Chattanooga, […]

Leaders of the Maker Movement arrive to Chattanooga for NOMCON

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Nikki Sneed Welcome to Chattanooga, NOMCON! We’re thrilled to have more than 300 leaders in the maker movement from around the country in town this weekend for the Nation of Makers Conference. Our guests include scientists, artists, educators, a TV celebrity (Adam Savage of “Mythbusters”), a group of “maker mayors,” and the founders of the […]

Deb Socia to lead The Enterprise Center

In this photo, Deb Socia, the President & CEO of The Enterprise Center, speaks to a group in front of a backdrop with The Enterprise Center's logo.

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. […]

Two conferences will leave Chattanooga a better city

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Nikki Sneed What a start we’ve had to 2019! We learned this winter that Chattanooga has been selected to host not one, but two conferences this year, that will draw creative leaders from around the world to our city. The Nation of Makers Conference — nicknamed “NomCon” — will bring leaders of the maker movement […]

ArtsBuild: Building a Stronger Community Through Art


Founded in 1969 as a united arts fund, ArtsBuild is a Chattanooga nonprofit located in the heart of the Innovation District with the mission of building a stronger community through the arts. “At ArtsBuild, we believe fully in the intersection between art and innovation, and that intersection is creativity. One cannot embrace innovation without creative, […]