About the Innovation District of Chattanooga
Chattanooga is the first mid-sized city with an established innovation district. Larger cities such as Boston, Washington DC, and Barcelona already enjoy the community benefits that come from designing spaces specifically for workers and companies in the new knowledge economy. And in addition to work space, Chattanooga's innovation district provides easy access to other assets enjoyed by those working in the districts including coffee shops, pubs, restaurants, and multimodal transportation.
A District Built on Collaboration
The designation of the Chattanooga Innovation District builds upon years of work from hundreds of individuals and dozens of organizations. Then Mayor Bob Corker’s MetroNet project in the late 1990’s. EPB’s construction of the country’s most automated smart grid. The efforts encouraged by Mayors Littlefield and Ramsey and funded by the Lyndurst Foundation to promote Chattanooga’s gigabit asset in 2010. The re-tooling of the Enterprise Center in 2014 by Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger and Congressman Chuck Fleischmann. All have laid the groundwork for development of the Chattanooga Innovation District as a new asset for Chattanooga’s burgeoning knowledge economy.