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.

HCS EdConnect

HCS EdConnect is a program that provides no-cost home internet to students in Hamilton County Schools who qualify.

The Enterprise Center is proud to be an integral partner in the program, which aims to bring home internet access to 28,500 students and their families for at least the next 10 years. Students who are on free or reduced lunch or whose families receive SNAP benefits are eligible for the program, which installs internet service with at least 100 Mbps from EPB. 

Launched in 2020, when students had to learn remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, HCS EdConnect is already serving at least 14,000 students, who together with their family members make up about 25,000 people who now have access thanks to the program. Not only does the program give students the access that is necessary for their education, but it has benefits for the entire family. Internet access is crucial to be able to access health and other online services, search for a job, communicate with loved ones, and generally improve quality of life. 

A leader in digital inclusion.

HCS EdConnect has been recognized by, among others, U.S. News & World Report, Vox, and Bloomberg as a model program. The program also has the chance to deepen our understanding of how internet access can impact individual learning outcomes and the local economy, as program partners have engaged researchers from Boston College to study the impact of HCS EdConnect. 

HCS EdConnect is a public-private partnership made possible through support and engagement from The Enterprise Center, Hamilton County, Hamilton County Schools, the City of Chattanooga, EPB, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, private donors, CARES funding from the State of Tennessee, and The Smart City Venture Fund, which includes The Benwood Foundation, the Community Foundation of greater Chattanooga, the Footprint Foundation, The Maclellan Foundation, and Lyndhurst Foundation.

 

“There were so many students who, without HCS Edconnect, would not have been able to participate at all this school year.”

A. Miller, School Counselor at North Hamilton County Elementary Tweet

Contact Us About EdConnect

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