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Highlighting the people and projects that are working to make Chattanooga great within Benwood’s four focus areas Place, Talent, Advantage and Culture.

Competitive Advantage Place

A New Model for Food Banks

A New Model for Food Banks

At this time of year, people struggle to eat fresh, local produce. One of the first challenges is knowing what is in season, the second is finding a local source. No one struggles more with this challenge than the low-income community.


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Competitive Advantage Talent

The Measure of a Just Society

The Measure of a Just Society

Poor people in Chattanooga are more likely to be black than white. To be brown than white. To be under-educated than educated. To be unemployed or under-employed than not. To be women. To be passed over for the job opportunities afforded others who’ve just moved to Gig City. To be displaced from the areas where they once lived and created vibrant communities.


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Competitive Advantage Talent

10 Ways Millennials Are Changing Chattanooga

10 Ways Millennials Are Changing Chattanooga

On March 25th, The National Journal and The Atlantic hosted a town hall meeting in the millennial hotspot that is Austin, Texas; the event was called A New America: How Millennials are Sparking Change! This is what I gleaned from the town hall discussion: first and foremost, millennials are by far the most diverse generation in American history; secondly, we are on track to be the most educated, most connected, and most wired generation America has ever seen; and lastly/most importantly, our passion for entrepreneurship and service will help to set the tone for government and business innovation for decades.


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It Takes a Community to Raise a Startup (Community)

It Takes a Community to Raise a Startup (Community)

Just over four years ago, I sent a tweet as a challenge to fellow Chattanoogans:
Chattanooga needs to find ways to restart the entrepreneurial machine it once was in the early 20th century! Let’s do it together #rallycry


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Learning How to Blur The Lines

Learning How to Blur The Lines

A short drive from Chattanooga in any direction lands you in an interesting place for a visit. A couple weeks ago, that short drive was to Nashville where I visited the superbly appointed Enterprise Center , the superbly interesting Frist Center, superbly designed Cumberland Play Park , the superbly delicious Pinewood Social , and the main reason for the drive, the superbly hospitable offices of Nashville based email marketing and communications firm Emma.


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Civic Innovation Starts with Ideas

It makes me happy to meet new young people who have moved to Chattanooga to make this city their home and to make it their own, using their own ideas about how to do that.  And I am happy a lot these days because there seem to be many of them, some new to the city, some coming back after being in other parts of the world.


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Putting the Marathon Back Into Hackathon

Putting the Marathon Back Into Hackathon

Last month, Open Chattanooga hosted its annual CodeAcross event in conjunction with Code for America. The event is part of the International Open Data Day Hackathon which gathers folks together to encourage open data in government. Chattanooga has a history of these kinds of events where a group of folks gather in a room for a day or two and produce some projects that tackle a problem. Generally speaking though, those projects never leave that room. CodeAcross was step one in an effort to change that.


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Opportunities for Mayor Berke

Proponents of an increasingly prosperous and livable city will find no dearth of initiatives and carefully studied plans to strengthen the job-luring revitalization of Chattanooga by building a more vibrant downtown. But what's lagging in most cases is the will of local government to embrace and execute even the best of the plans.

Among the latest plans, for example, are a comprehensive City Center Plan, funded by the Benwood Foundation; a downtown housing, retail and commercial office study underwritten by the River City Co., the city’s development partner; and the foundation-supported St. Elmo community plan.


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Reconnecting with an Entrepreneurial Legacy

Reconnecting with an Entrepreneurial Legacy

By now, we all know Chattanooga’s comeback story of the small Southern town that was once plagued by insufferable pollution and is now one of the most scenic cities in the eastern United States. This is an inspiring legacy, one that should be told and retold, but it is actually just a small part of the legacy to which I am referring. Specifically, I am talking about the individuals who took risks and created opportunities for themselves and others…the entrepreneurs.


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Competitive Advantage Talent

Millennials in Chattanooga

What are the characteristics that typify a city in the midst of an urban renaissance? Could it be a sense of anxious anticipation, subtle utterances of civic pride, or visions of the future espoused by community leaders? I do not know the specific answers to the above questions, but I do know whatever the characteristics might be, Chattanooga has them.


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