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).
$1 BILLION CAPITAL INVESTMENT
20 TARGET INDUSTRY LOCATIONS AND EXPANSION PROJECTS
$55,000 AVERAGE WAGE
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
- Nippon Paint
Increase in Projects This Year
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
First Annual Get (Future) Ready Event
Future Ready Institutes
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
Days in the state house advocating
on behalf of our members.
Chattanooga State TCAT building
Pregnant Worker Fairness Act
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
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.
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