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.

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.

TEC working with restaurants, faith-based organizations to optimize web presence

The Enterprise Center's Casey Miller delivers a device to Pastor Randy Beck and his wife Alicia Beck at 1st Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga. The church has been using the device to live stream services and reach their congregation remotely.

By Mary Helen Montgomery

The Enterprise Center's Casey Miller delivers a device to Pastor Randy Beck and his wife Alicia Beck at 1st Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga. The church has been using the device to live stream services and reach their congregation remotely.
The Enterprise Center’s Casey Miller delivers a device to Pastor Randy Beck and his wife Alicia Beck at 1st Missionary Baptist Church in Chattanooga. The church has been using the device to live stream services and reach their congregation remotely. 

Over the last month, our society has become even more dependent on the internet to stay in touch with others and get important information — that’s why The Enterprise Center has been working with restaurants and faith-based organizations to make sure they can use the web to stay in meaningful contact with customers and members.

Working with Proof Bar and Incubator, The Enterprise Center co-hosted a webinar for restaurant owners to learn how to make sure companies’ current offerings under social distancing are reflected on the web. Local developer John Cotton led the webinar, which focused on updating websites, social media, Google business pages, Yelp, and Facebook pages to include information about new hours, and takeout and gift card offerings.

We’ve led a similar effort with the faith community, to make sure that organizations can communicate with their members online. Working with leaders, we hosted a webinar focused on live streaming sermons and collecting online donations. We’ve also had the opportunity to donate tablets and hotspots to several leaders who plan to use them to live stream messages to members. For both the restaurant and faith communities, we have been able to pair technically-skilled volunteers to work one-on-one with individuals who need help.

Our hope is that if these bedrock institutions of our community can communicate well with the public, they will remain viable organizations that continue to be an important part of life in Chattanooga.