Investing in grassroots leadership to spark a regional creative placemaking movement

People living in rural communities are used to living collaboratively, fulfilling multiple community roles, and investing time and energy to endeavors that improve quality of life for themselves and others. They are, in essence, social entrepreneurs. The challenge then lies in access to philanthropic contributions to incubate and advance this community work.

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Creating the future of community in rural America

The diversity of the rural experience, and the interdependence that characterizes rural and small towns, is what makes them so powerful and so necessary. Rural places are the proving ground for our democracy. Though rural folks walk a hard line between disparity and abundance, proximity to one’s neighbors and institutions is a matter of course. It is where the rubber meets the road when it comes to building a lasting and distinctive quality of life.

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Four cities successfully complete 2018 community accelerator program

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.

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Freight Alley: a region where logistics contributes to more than 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. We have 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.

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#SaveLWCF to protect our region's treasured places

The Land and Water Conservation Fund protects several of the nation’s natural assets and outdoor recreation havens, including 3 in the greater Chattanooga region: Little River Canyon National Preserve, Cherokee National Forest, and Chickamauga Military Park. This expansive conservation fund is threatened to expire on September 30, 2018, unless Congress takes action. #SaveLWCF, spread the word, and go play outside.

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We're 11th in gridlock

Chattanooga is ranked No. 11 for freight gridlock in the entire United States and we’re easily the leader in Tennessee. Thrive Regional Partnership is actually a collection of 16 counties surrounding Hamilton “where all the Interstates meet.” 

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On September 18, Take a Back Road

Thrive is exploring workforce mobility options to improve the movement of people and products in the greater Chattanooga region. Join Back Roads Day on September 18th for a region-wide experiment in taking alternate routes or alternative transportation to work.

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Advocating Beyond Asphalt

The road to innovative infrastructure is long, but the problem is surmountable with key stakeholders and business leaders powering the drive. Innovative thinking and implementable design is the fuel for a dynamite engine of active community leaders ready to take their businesses and region into the future.

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