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.


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.

Pictured are four people networking and drinking beer at Oddstory
Members of the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga's team pose at a community event.

Nikki Sneed

Moving to a new city can be overwhelming. There’s finding a place to live, packing your entire life into liquor store boxes and shoving those into the back of a moving truck that will probably get lost, saying goodbye to all of your friends and favorite places, finding a way to fit in at the new job, battling traffic until you find that perfect route to and from work… It’s chaos.

And when the final box is unpacked and the furniture’s been rearranged a dozen times, you finally sit down to relax—only to realize that now you have to find a way to meet new people and start plugging into your new city.

Don’t worry—ChattaNewbies has you covered!

ChattaNewbies is a free monthly meetup to help newcomers get connected with natives (not just natives) and engaged in their new city.

With designated networking time, dedicated native “connectors” to help make introductions, and a different special topic for each meeting, ChattaNewbies is designed to help you get connected with your new city.

The February ChattaNewbies event was at Oddstory Brewing Company, Chattanooga’s newest brewery located in the heart of the Innovation District, on February 22. Not only was the event free to attend, but newbies will also got to enjoy free beer from Oddstory!

Pictured is a group of people networking at the Chattanewbies event

The theme for February was “play” and featured Chattanooga Sports Leagues, a local intramural sports and social organization. In addition to the standard networking time, guests had the opportunity to sign up for some of CSL’s sports, including kickball, softball, and soccer.

January’s gathering was at The Tomorrow Building, Chattanooga’s new co-living apartment building, and focused on residential options and neighborhoods. And the inaugural event was an initial meet-and-greet at the Waterhouse Pavilion in December 2016. Both events were highly successful.

River City Company, Causeway, The Tomorrow Building, Society of Work, and The Enterprise Center have teamed up to sponsor the recurring, informative event on the last Wednesday of every month.

To learn more about ChattaNewbies, or to register for the next event, check out their Facebook page.