The Lyndhurst Foundation
volunteer resource team
Chattanooga Design Studio
Southeast Tennessee Development
Georgia Council for the Arts
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Tennessee Arts Commission
Northwest Georgia Regional Commission
Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia
Fort Payne, Alabama
Murray County, Georgia
South Pittsburg, Tennessee
Sparking “growth from within” communities through a regional creative placemaking movement.
Thriving Communities is a high-touch 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 unique, arts and cultural assets in order to spark economic vibrancy. The program is funded by the Lyndhurst Foundation, with design thinking facilitation provided by global consulting firm Bridge Innovate. At the end of the program, each team is eligible to apply for a seed grant from the Lyndhurst Foundation to make their community strategy a reality.
In each round, Thrive listens to the collective aspirations of participating communities in order to learn the passions and hopes of the people who live there. We provide support, tools, and inspiration for active citizens to take ownership of a innovative planning process that engages their neighbors, fellow business-owners, and policymakers. Using design thinking methodology, the residents determine their city’s unique assets and test collective will by experimenting with their ideas and collecting feedback. Thriving Communities is a grassroots movement for anyone with a dream to better their hometown for all who live there.
2018 Community Signposts of Success
Monetary and in-kind contributions
Out-of-town guest attendance
Features in local media outlets
Since 2016, the Thriving Communities program has generated over $2 million in local investments and engaged over 1,600 volunteers across the region.
Thriving Communities is made possible by the generous support of the
And the Resource Team, comprised of several leaders from