Posts tagged regional
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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Four Cities Receive Funding to Spark Catalytic Community Projects

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.

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Seeing Green in the Scenic Chattanooga Region

ArcWatch, ESRI

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.

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250K Tree Day to Help Tennessee Thrive with Trees this Winter

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.

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Conservancy Receives 2,300 Acre Land Donation in North Georgia

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.

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Oh, Christmas Tree! The Economic and Environmental Impact of the Holiday Tradition

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!

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