About The Innovation District

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

1 Million Cups

Educating, engaging, and connecting entrepreneurs.

Basecamp

A coworking event in the heart of the Innovation District.

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.

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.

Digital Access Committee

The Enterprise Center convenes the Digital Access and Equity Committee, an inclusive community representing a wide range of organizations, governmental entities, and educational institutions.

 The group meets monthly, and members include representatives from the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County Schools, Signal Centers, Northside Neighborhood House, Goodwill, WTCI, Disability Rights Tennessee and Thrive Regional Partnership, among many others.

The Digital Access and Equity Committee was formed so that community members can come together to take a multi-channel approach to closing the digital divide in our region and examine what equity means in a Smart Community. The partnerships formed through the committee have resulted in unique opportunities, from connectivity drives to increase internet adoption for K-12 families; to using UTC-generated data to expand public WiFi at housing authority locations and in other low-connectivity neighborhoods; to organizing local Digital Inclusion Week events during NDIA’s yearly advocacy and awareness celebration.

In 2020, the Committee met weekly, as partners came together to solve pressing issues of digital access exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and April tornados, collectively applying for funding, developing and sharing resources and taking direct action, like distributing hotspots and devices to disconnected and displaced families.

This photo shows The Enterprise Center staff member Mary Smith unloading boxes of laptops from the back of a pickup truck.

Would you like to join? 

No one organization can bridge the digital divide on their own. The Digital Access and Equity Committee is an open forum for learning, sharing and collaboration. If you or your organization is interested in joining, please email Geoff Millener at geoff@theenterprisectr.org.

Contact Us About Digital Access Committee

Geoff Millener, Chief Operating Officer, geoff@theenterprisectr.org