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They saw the crucial need for housing in this key area and believe that the Tomorrow Building will bring more people, more investment, and more energy to the area like never before.

Looking Toward Tomorrow (with a nod to Yesterday)

Giving an old building a new sense of purpose in our Center City.


Why we're all in, when it comes to supporting Chattanooga 2.0, an initiative to improve educational and workforce opportunities for all residents in our community.

A Work in Progress....

A look back at some of our favorite blog posts and a look forward to a new direction for the Benwood Blog.

Those waiting in line to see the sharks and jellyfish often miss the river scene medallions that circle the Aquarium walls.

Echoes of Chattanooga’s Early Artistic Heritage

When we think about Chattanooga’s artistic heritage we think back to early performers like blues empress Bessie Smith or you may even know about jazz musician Valaida Snow or more recently actress Dixie Carter, actor Jim Nebors and of course Samuel L Jackson, Dennis Haskins and Usher. And we’ve in...

It is the start of a good day for a middle-school age boy from Chattanooga’s urban community.

2014 Chattanooga Boys Leadership Summit

What began in 2010 as a discussion of the needs of boys living within Chattanooga's urban core, the Boys Leadership Summit (BLS) celebrated its fifth year of inspirational training for middle and high school males on November 15, 2014. The Summit brings together a host of agencies, faith-based institutions,...

That is the definition of success that is brighter than any red carpet, that is larger than the letters on the Hollywood sign, that is more permanent than any star on the Hollywood walk of fame.

Giving Voice to Others: A wider play for Chattanooga

Many of the artists I’ve met have talked about a childhood formative experience that first inspired them and this was the case too for actor Christy Gallo. However for Christy, this was not the first step in a progression but a taster that led to self-doubt and leaving the theater...