Planning

We began our year by listening. Together with our members we developed an ambitious plan for the future. The Chattanooga Climbs 5-year plan takes the vision established with feedback from our community as part of Velocity2040 and puts it into action.

We set four main goals.

  • Become Future Ready by developing skills for the new economy
  • Deliver economic Mobility for All so that every resident is thriving
  • Leverage the GIG City to allow entrepreneurs to lead the way
  • Foster an Inclusive Economy through Collaborative Leadership

We established metrics to hold ourselves accountable and we made progress in our first year (see below).

Capital-Investment

$1 BILLION CAPITAL INVESTMENT

Expansions

20 TARGET INDUSTRY LOCATIONS AND EXPANSION PROJECTS

Wage

$55,000 AVERAGE WAGE

Chicken With Bone

The first of the fiscal year kicked into high gear as Marketing and Communications worked together with Economic Development to create a completely new website to attract a potential client – with a high-tech themed concept that appealed to tech developers. Setting a new, high benchmark for creativity.

Locations and Expansions

  • McKee
  • Viget
  • Nippon Paint

Increase in Projects This Year

%
ChamberTalent-29

Businesses involved in Future Ready Institutes Advisory Boards, Industry Councils, and Branded Partnerships

Employers participating in internships, apprenticeships, youth apprenticeships, and teacher externships

Career pathways with partners that can be used to recruit students and adult learners into occupations aligned to target industries

Developed Southeast Tennessee Works partnership to support expansion of apprenticeship and work-based learning programs in Hamilton County

INCubator

First Annual Get (Future) Ready Event

Participating Businesses

Future Ready Institutes

Student Attendees

4

Unity Breakfasts for diverse professionals; Average of 45 attendees

Innovation Ecosystem Tour Days for over 80 diverse entrepreneurs and professionals

Styles L. Hutchins Fellows worked to develop strategies for diverse talent attraction and retention

 

Foundation

Chamber

26

Days in the state house advocating
on behalf of our members.

Chattanooga State TCAT building

Pregnant Worker Fairness Act

Fireside-Chatt

Legislative Preview Breakfast

Day on the Hill

Hamilton County’s Census Complete Count Committee

TN Secretary of State’s One Vote, One Voice

6 New Annual Awards

Business Education Investor Award

Diversity, Inclusion, & Engagement Award

Family Friendly Workplace Award

Healthy Business Award

Sustainability Partner Award

Velocity2040 Community Collaborator Award
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Council Dollars Invested In Local Communities

Council Volunteer Hours

The Executive Circle represents the top tier of Chamber support, making it possible for the Chamber to serve member businesses by providing resources for publicity and growth, opportunities to network, exclusive discounts and avenues to get involved with and support the local community.

Click above to check out our executive circle members.