Posts tagged regional
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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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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The Ripple Effect of Jobs in Arts and Culture

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.

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Hiking Cloudland Canyon State Park: Northwest Georgia's Scenic Gem

Lookout Mountain’s thousand-foot deep gorge known as Cloudland Canyon is one of northwest Georgia’s better known attractions. Perhaps you’ve gazed at the spectacular view of the canyon from one of the overlooks on the rim, then hiked down to see the two waterfalls, traversing the infamous 600-step staircase in the process. While these may be its best known features, there is much more to see and do at Cloudland Canyon State Park!

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Crow Creek: A Birder's Paradise in Alabama

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.

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ChattState Becomes Tennessee’s First Certified Bee Campus and 61st in the Nation

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.

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Three Cities Accepted into 2019 Thriving Communities Program

Thrive Regional Partnership has accepted Bridgeport, Alabama, Dayton, Tennessee, and LaFayette, Georgia into the third round of the Thriving Communities creative placemaking program.

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