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.

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 300 Mbps from EPB. 

Launched in 2020, when students had to learn remotely due to the Covid-19 pandemic, HCS EdConnect is already serving more than 16,000 students, who together with their family members make up 28,000+ 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 ReportVox, and Bloomberg as a model program; it is also the first broadband access case study in Results for America’s economic mobility catalog. The program continues to deepen our understanding of how internet access can impact individual learning outcomes and the local economy, and program partners have engaged a research team from Boston College and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga 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, and The Maclellan Foundation.

 

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

Contact Us About EdConnect

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

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 …