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.


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.

EMPACT Program

A Google IT Certification Program in partnership with City of Chattanooga’s Office of Workforce Development & Chattanooga State Community College

EMPACT’s mission is to provide pathways to workforce training that meet the real-world needs of Chattanooga residents while also filling a need in our existing job market …

This program connects existing workers to available jobs, after providing both devices and skills training to complete a certification that opens doors of opportunity to a wide range of careers in tech (in-person and remotely).

How does it work?

We provide

  • training + a computer / device
  • weekly stipends
  • transportation assistance
  • support from a class proctor provided by Chattanooga State
  • a cohort model which gives you a team to learn with
  • and more!
Times Free Press photo by Olivia Ross showing Tai Norman as he sets up his gear in the EMPACT classroom on March 28, 2022, at the Youth and Family Development Center. The nine-week program provides an opportunity for students to receive their Google IT certification with structured support.

** EMPACT is currently working through its existing application list and is not accepting any new applicants. All applications are processed by Chattanooga State Community College. Please check the email you provided as contact if you have already applied. **

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EMPACT is a partnership between City of Chattanooga, Chattanooga State Community College, and The Enterprise Center & Tech Goes Home