Whitewater Adventure and More in the Ocoee River Corridor

The Ocoee River is probably the Southeast’s most popular whitewater destination, hosting over 250,000 paddlers a year. A 2012 study determined that recreation on the Ocoee contributes $43 million annually to the economy within 60 miles of the river.

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Athens thrives with public spaces and façade improvements

State of TN | Rural Task Force

In January of 2018, Athens Main Street organized their local THRIVE Committee. The four-person committee included the Athens Main Street Executive Director and community members who completed a ten-month design thinking course. The committee participated in the Thriving Communities accelerator program designed to enhance leadership and community development through creative placemaking.

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Bikeways of the Scenic South highlights road cycling routes in the Chattanooga region of Southeast Tennessee

Cyclists in Southeast Tennessee now have a new and growing network of bike routes to explore: Bikeways of the Scenic South. This network of carefully crafted road cycling routes is available at ScenicBikeways.com, and the routes include downloadable maps, turn-by-turn cue sheets, notable points of interest, conveniences, and descriptive narratives of what to expect along the routes.

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A colorful capture of placemaking in the greater Chattanooga region

Talented artist Esther Hart live-illustrated these colorful murals as our Thriving Communities teams from Bridgeport, Dayton, and LaFayette journeyed through their Strategy to Reality session, evolving their “distinctive plays” (strategies based on what sets them apart) for future pop-up events and strategy implementation.

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Explore history and nature in northwest Georgia’s Fort Mountain State Park

Just east of Chatsworth, Georgia, the Cohutta Mountains form what is essentially the westernmost edge of the Blue Ridge mountain range. One of the area’s more popular outdoor destinations is Fort Mountain State Park, which features a variety of recreation opportunities and cultural interest.

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Tennessee ranks among best in U.S. for bridge quality

Chattanooga Times Free Press

When the bridge collapsed on I-75, Thrive Regional Partnership released a statement about the bigger issue of needing to improve infrastructure in the region and across the country. The nonprofit is focused on promoting responsible growth for the next 40 years through the tristate Chattanooga region, which includes working with 16 counties in three different states and the three different metropolitan planning organizations.

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