Economic & Community Development

The Chattanooga tri-state region continues to position itself as a major player in the global economy. In the last year alone, the region’s industry has diversified to include a Google data center, a South Korean solar manufacturer, and a Swedish tire manufacturer. The Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership, a direct outcome of the Thrive 2055 strategic planning initiative, serves as a marketing entity to attract international business to the region. 

As industry and business expands, residents of the Chattanooga tri-state region remain protective of their hometowns and community spaces. They desire economic development anchored by distinctive, charming Main Streets, and neighborhoods imbued with character, a sense of place.

Thrive Regional Partnership equips communities with strategy development programs to leverage distinctive cultural assets to generate economic and community vibrancy. The transformational process of placemaking empowers communities across the region with the creative confidence they need to “grow from within” for decades to come. 



featured project:
Thriving Communities

Our Thriving Communities project is an intensive creative placemaking course designed to enhance professional and community development throughout the region. Participating communities learn strategic approaches to leverage their artistic and cultural assets in order to generate economic vibrancy.


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