About The Innovation District

Where Chattanooga’s entrepreneurs, academics, and creatives collide. 

Events Calendar

Discover activities and events in the area.

Resiliency Checklist

Everything you need to prepare your organization for a crisis.

Small Business Supports

Helping small business owners across the region.

The Edney Innovation Center

The front door to the Innovation District of Chattanooga.

Tech Goes Home

Expanding access to technology and teaching digital literacy.

Digital Access Committee

Bringing together partners to close the digital divide, together.

HCS EdConnect

Home internet at no cost to thousands of families.

Connected Communities: Orchard Knob

The OKC leverages the collective support of partner organizations to tackle the whole picture of health and wellness in the historically underserved neighborhood.

Chattamatters

Answering the most basic and most complex questions about life in Chattanooga

EMPACT Program

Preparing residents for the jobs of tomorrow, and today. 

Chattanooga Smart Communities Collaborative

Working together to identify our region’s challenges and create solutions.

Environmental Sensors

Collecting and analyzing air quality data from across our region with US Ignite.

Education (4K Microscope & Lola)

High-tech tools in Hamilton County’s classrooms.

Community Connectivity

Expanding access to the internet in homes and neighborhoods.

Celebrating Digital Inclusion, this week — and every week

A headshot of Monique Kuykendoll Quarterman, MBA

Digital Inclusion Week 2023 has been a blur! 

From our local kickoff on Monday, helping enroll residents in the Affordable Connectivity Plan at the City Housing Resource Fair, to taking part in Tuesday’s national Building for Digital Equity conversation with NDIA and ILSR to a Wednesday listening session on the State of Tennessee’s Digital Opportunity Plan (open for public comment through October 9th), the week has flown by. And today, of course, we’re at the downtown Public Library from noon until 4 p.m., assisting neighbors enroll in ACP and HCS EdConnect, powered by EPB.

On the national stage, we also participated in panel discussions with AARP about creating livable communities through access, The Community Broadband Action Network’s Fall Forum on broadband, and the Mississippi Broadband Association’s fall conference and workshop.

It’s been an exciting week on the NDIA ListServ, too; more than 300 events and celebrations have taken place across the country, and Digital Inclusion Week is a great reminder of the national community working to close the digital divide every day. 

There were great reminders here in Chattanooga and Hamilton County, too: At just one meeting this week, we heard about new Tech Goes Home classes, HCS EdConnect building on its 17,000 students already connected (and reaching out to families this new school year!), the Signal Centers Assistive Technology’s breadth of accessibility services, Chattanooga Goodwill’s digitally-focused job training, Thrive’s bilingual ACP enrollment drives and ongoing equity and technology research at UTC

In some ways, every week here is Digital Inclusion Week, and so much so that it can be easy to forget just how much is being done. But this week is not just about how many events NDIA affiliates can host, though: It’s about celebrating each other’s accomplishments, and taking a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come — together. 

Every year, this week serves as a crucial monument to just that, with an open door for anyone who wants to get involved. So come celebrate with us, join this incredible community .. and send your friends and neighbors to the Chattanooga Public Library today from noon to 4!


Join us for a broadband access & skills conference July 22-23:

We’re thrilled to host the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s 2024 Digital Opportunity Summit — and equally thrilled to invite you a day early, to dig into Chattanooga and Hamilton County’s digital opportunity story …