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.

Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative

The Enterprise Center convenes the Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative, a growing group of our region’s major institutions, who work together to identify challenges in our community and create innovative solutions.

The institutions — which represent education, research, medical, government, and nonprofit organizations — meet on a regular basis to identify the community’s biggest challenges and find innovative solutions together. Strong partnerships have been formed within the collaborative, resulting in unique projects — for instance, the university and hospital system work together to analyze data to improve outcomes for stroke patients, and The Enterprise Center works with EPB, the City, and the County to deploy no-cost internet to more than a third of Hamilton County Schools students.

The collaborative has three major areas of focus: health, energy, and mobility. Within those areas, the group is working to develop medical technologies that improve outcomes or extend life; make energy more resilient, reliable, secure, affordable, flexible, and sustainable; and improve traffic safety and flow while minimizing environmental impact.

Projects developed by members of the collaborative include:

  • A model for predicting hotspots for traffic accidents based on time of day and conditions
  • Using AI to improve traffic flow and pedestrian safety
  • A model for determining air quality across different neighborhoods and analyzing any adverse impacts on health and quality of life
  • Initiatives to advance broadly accessible public transit options
  • A corridor outfitted with environmental sensors along MLK Blvd. 
The ten logos from Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative members are shown: The Enterprise Center, Erlanger Health System, The City of Chattanooga, EPB Fiber Optics, Hamilton County, The Tennessee Aquarium, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation, CARTA, and Co.Lab.

Global recognition

Together, members of the CSCC have raised more than $115 million in funds to support Smart City research in our community in recent years, and Chattanooga was one of two US cities to be invited to pilot adoption of technology policy being developed by the G20 Global Smart Cities Alliance. Work by members of the collaborative have been featured in Forbes, Cities Today, and Smart Cities Dive. The collaborative has also been recognized with two Smart 50 awards from U.S. Ignite and Smart Cities Connect, as well as two IDC  Smart Cities North America Awards. 

"While tier-1 cities such as San Francisco and Denver may come to mind as leaders in smart city technology deployment, look no further than Chattanooga, Tennessee."

Contact Us About the Chattanooga Smart Community Collaborative

Deb Socia, President & CEO of The Enterprise Center, deb@theenterprisectr.org