One of the best spots for birding in the Chattanooga region is Jackson County, Alabama’s Stevenson City Park. About 45 miles southwest of downtown Chattanooga, the park is located on a peninsula in Crow Creek, and is part of the 3,346-acre Crow Creek Refuge. Stevenson City Park is a stop on the North Alabama Birding Trail and largely consists of a mixture of trees and grassy areas, along with easily accessible shoreline.Read More
Chattanooga State Community College has become the 61st educational institution in the nation and the first campus in Tennessee to be certified as an affiliate of the Bee Campus USA program, designed to marshal the strengths of educational campuses for the benefit of pollinators. Chattanooga State joins more than a hundred other cities and campuses across the country united in improving their landscapes for pollinators.
Thrive Regional Partnership has accepted Bridgeport, Alabama, Dayton, Tennessee, and LaFayette, Georgia into the third round of the Thriving Communities creative placemaking program.
At the outset of 2019, Thrive Regional Partnership welcomed seven new trustees to its board that reflect growing representation and leadership across the tri-state, 16-county greater Chattanooga region.Read More
100% of participants in Thriving Communities community accelerator program receive $20K in seed funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation! The will now implement catalytic community projects, that they developed during the program. The creative placemaking program is designed to create asset-based community vibrancy and growth by leveraging arts and cultural assets.
ESRI, the GIS mapping software and spatial analytics platform, wrote this comprehensive article about our partnership with UTC’s Interdisciplinary Geospatial Technology Lab. So much of our work in conscientious, responsible growth relies on providing key data to decision-makers and stakeholders. Our partners at the UTC IGTLab ensure that we have reliable geo-data for all of our initiatives and projects.Read More
On February 23, participate in 250K Tree Day by planting a tree in your local green space, state or national park, or your own backyard! 250K Tree Day is hosted by the Tennessee Environmental Council to raise awareness for the multi-generational benefits native trees bring to our environment, communities, and public health.Read More
The Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. recently received a donation of more than 2,300 acres in Northwest Georgia from an anonymous donor, as well as additional acreage from the Georgia-Alabama Land Trust, Inc. The property includes more than 30 known caves, stands of hardwood trees in a stunning landscape, and a diverse ecological environment supporting wildlife of all kinds.Read More
Natural Christmas trees are grown in all fifty states, establishing a solid economy that employs over 100,000 people. The total acreage of Christmas tree farms in the United States is about 350,000 acres, much of it preserving green space and supporting turkey, quail, songbirds, rabbits, and deer. Christmas trees affect the air we breathe as well. A single acre of Christmas trees provides the daily oxygen requirement for eighteen people!Read More
Thriving Communities is a community accelerator program designed to enhance leadership and community development throughout the greater Chattanooga region through creative placemaking. Participating teams learn strategic approaches to leverage their local artistic and cultural assets in order to spark economic vibrancy and growth from within their own towns and communities.Read More
This holiday season we’re celebrating the artisans, business owners, and creatives across the region by giving the gift of local character. From clothing, to art, to adventure, you can find something for everyone on your gift list right in your backyard.Read More
Remote work technology, such as video conferencing, collaborative file sharing, etc., is widespread and more accessible than ever. As more companies adopt innovative telecommuting practices, we may experience a ripple effect not only in the workplace, but in our personal lives as well. To learn more, we surveyed people throughout the region who telecommute.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Freight Alley, the Mid-South region that includes Tennessee, the Carolinas, Alabama, and Georgia plays an enormous role in the national logistics network.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More