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.

Connected Communities: Orchard Knob

 

The TVA Connected Communities Orchard Knob project was born from a public-private collaborative partnership founded in 2019 …

“Housing is making people sick,” said former Parkridge Medical System CEO Tom Ozburn. And addressing neighborhood health disparities through a multifaceted approach to better meet the needs of the community’s roughly 1,000 residents has been the objective of the Orchard Knob Collaborative (OKC) ever since.

In 2022, the project grew through the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA)’s newly launched Connected Communities Pilot Program funding and welcomed Project Manager Katherlyn Geter. Through additional support from Connect Humanity and DollarWise, Project Coordinator Freddie Brooks joined the team in 2023.

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… So what are the goals for Connected Communities?

The Orchard Knob Collaborative believes a vibrant, thriving, and healthy community is one where access to resources is prioritized. From WiFi for connectivity to HVAC unit and other home upgrades, the Connected Communities project takes an all-encompassing approach to health that includes addressing in-home needs and eliminating barriers to access. 

OKC works to direct investments from Parkridge and partners like The Enterprise Center to neighborhood priorities, addressing community health through improvements to physical infrastructure, social infrastructure, and healthy living.

 

From Tech Goes Home to Telehealth:

The OKC leverages the collective support of partner organizations — including Parkridge Health SystemThe Enterprise CenterEPBgreen|spaces, and Habitat for Humanity — to tackle the whole picture of health and wellness in the historically underserved neighborhood. By addressing the equity gap in technological connectivity alongside that of social and environmental factors, the OKC aims to help deliver tangible improvements that residents can see on a daily basis.

The Enterprise Center’s role is to provide Tech Goes Home courses and devices to neighborhood residents, serve as a community partner through the roles of Katherlyn Geter and Freddie Brooks, and to find and leverage continued funding opportunities to sustain the project. 

"The pandemic set us back some, but this community has really come together, and we're excited about what's being offered and how we can make things better, especially for so many of our senior citizens in this community,”

Meet the stakeholders & Partners

Orchard Knob Neighborhood Association

Growing access to community and neighborhood-level resources

Parkridge Health System

Providing 1,000 free telehealth appointments

Tennessee Valley Authority

Provider of Connected Communities Pilot Grant funding

The Enterprise Center

Increasing digital literacy + device access through Tech Goes Home

EPB

Creating broader access to in-home + public wifi connectivity

Habitat for Humanity

Improving health outcomes through housing improvements

green|spaces

Improving energy efficiency in owner-occupied homes

Chattanooga Design Studio

Supporting neighborhood-led signage + development

Contact Us About Connected Communities

Katherlyn Geter, Project Manager, katherlyn@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 …