A vision for responsible and inspired growth across the greater Chattanooga region.


Through communication, collaboration, analytics and innovation, we optimize community development opportunities while protecting the natural treasures that define the 16-county, tri-state Chattanooga region. 

Our work sparks growth from within its communities and nurtures a legacy for its natural landscapes in order to ensure a high quality of life for generations to come. 

In forty years, we envision:

Educated people with good jobs living in a great place.

“Thrive has given us the platform to stand up and say, ‘This is who we are. This is where we want to go next.’”

Athens, TN; Decatur, TN; Fort Oglethorpe, GA; and Whitwell, TN - have completed the 2018 Thriving Communities program of Thrive Regional Partnership. They are now eligible to apply for a $20,000 seed grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation to kickstart their incubated strategies for local, asset-based community vibrancy and growth.


Our Projects

Thriving Communities

An in-depth creative placemaking program designed to enhance professional and community development throughout the tri-state region.

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Transportation Collaborative

A coordinated team of private and public partners dedicated to promoting the safe and efficient movement of people, products, and data in and around the tri-state region. 

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Natural Treasures Alliance

A concerted, collaborative effort to preserve the natural assets that define this region and enhance outdoor recreation opportunities as the economy and population grows.

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A platform for students of all ages and backgrounds to engage in experiential learning and leadership development with established professionals in regional planning, creative placemaking, conservation, and infrastructure.

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Freight Alley: where logistics contributes to 40% of the economy

Freight Alley is an area that roughly defines freight traffic moving throughout the southeastern US. The region has been a manufacturing powerhouse and a major distribution and logistics region.

FreightWaves, an industry tech company, has named this region “Freight Alley” because of the importance logistics and transportation plays in the region and how important the region is to the North American logistics map.


Our Sustaining INVESTOrs

Because of the generous participation of these partners, the Thrive Regional Partnership is able to work as an independent, nonprofit organization devoted to convening people around the issues that challenge our region's future and actions that ensure responsible and inspired growth for generations to come.


The outdoor industry needs our help.

Organizations like Thrive Regional Partnership have identified our natural treasures as one of the main draws for talent and industry. Landing the next big private investment for our community requires that we care for our public lands. Simply maintaining the Tennessee way of life — in other words, a life enriched by free access to the outdoors — requires smart management of our natural resources.


Our Supporters


Preparing Today's Students 

We create innovative, experiential education opportunities so that our student citizens are prepared for the jobs of tomorrow.

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