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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Thrive welcomes local innovators to brainstorm solutions for freight traffic

Chattanooga Times Free Press

According to data compiled through the Thrive 2055 strategic planning initiative, Chattanooga is expected to see an estimated 33 million tons of freight pass through its urban area annually by 2035. The figure marks a 32 percent increase from the benchmark recorded in 2007, when freight flows exceeded 25 million tons.

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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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Thrive announces third year of Thriving Communities creative placemaking program

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.

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Thinking about telecommuting? Consider these pros and cons.

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.

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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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