Do you enjoy canoeing or kayaking on the Tennessee River? Share all of your river experiences and ideas for enhanced river access using the interactive survey, called RiverGauge, designed to support ongoing development of the @TennesseeRiverLine vision!Read More
Conference organizations plan to use the opportunity of Chattanooga as host of the international event to share with our visitors the work being done by local community leaders, stakeholders, artists, and designers through open workshops throughout the City and Chattanooga Region.Read More
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Main Street Athens has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting the performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.Read More
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.
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.Read More
Please join us for an informative evening on Placemaking in a Thriving Region on April 25th at 5:30 with guest speaker Ed McMahon, Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute.Read More
Georgia Tourism, a division of the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD), announced that it has awarded more than $64,000 in tourism product development grants to 14 new and expanding projects across the state, including one in the Thriving Community of Fort Oglethorpe!Read More
According to an analysis published by the Economic Policy Institute, the arts, entertainment, and recreation industry is the second highest in job creation for every $1,000,000 invested. The ripple effect shows how even the intangible enjoyment of arts and culture bolsters the balance of our economy.Read More
Thrive Regional Partnership has accepted Bridgeport, Alabama, Dayton, Tennessee, and LaFayette, Georgia into the third round of the Thriving Communities creative placemaking program.
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.
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
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
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
There's a new trail system coming to town, connecting four states along the entire length of the Tennesee River. The regional trail system will utilize existing greenways and trail systems, and will fill gaps by investing in new trail infrastructure for multi-modal use.Read More
Thrive Regional Partnership's Thriving Communities participants, Athens, Decatur, and Whitwell, Tennessee and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, kick off experimental programs which seek to invigorate community engagement by utilizing the principles of creative placemaking and design thinking.Read More