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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 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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Talent

What in the world is DEV DEV?

What in the world is DEV DEV?

What was your favorite part of DEV DEV and why? One of my favorite parts of DEV DEV was hearing the speakers that came to talk to us every day. It was so interesting to hear from such a broad spectrum of people that write code for a living. We got to hear from people at the Co.Lab here in Chattanooga, we had speakers from across the country, and we even had a speaker from a company based South America! It was such an eye-opening experience to listen to developers, many of whom were self-taught, talk about how important coding is in their jobs and to see the opportunities that are available for a person that can write code. For me, it answered the feeling of, “Writing code is fun, but what’s the point?” It helped me see the value in learning to code and realize how big of a role developers play in our world. Hearing from the speakers made me that much more excited about continuing to learn about programming and has motivated me to continue learning even after DEV DEV was over.


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Talent

Honest Conversations

A few months ago, I had the great honor of attending Chattanooga Insight, a Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored event.  Over two days, we listened to some of Chattanooga’s top leaders and professionals talk about the past, present, and future of Chattanooga and also went on an amazing tour around the city which highlighted many of the recent transformations.


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Talent

Not Taking Success for an Answer

Not Taking Success for an Answer

Why is it that when the conversation turns to public education, we focus immediately on the worst examples, not the best?   “Public education is broken and it can’t be fixed.”   That’s not just what we hear in Hamilton County, but all over.


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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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Competitive Advantage Talent Place

Is a just Chattanooga possible?

Would you be willing to trade places with anyone in the city? If someone put a blindfold around your life's story, and somehow, magically, you were able to swap places with someone else in Chattanooga, would things still turn out alright?


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Competitive Advantage Talent

Women Stepping Up

Hello, my name is Monica Maples Kinsey. I am an owner and the General Manager of Track 29, a local music venue. I make no claims to being a writer, scholar, or journalist. As a matter of fact, this task is somewhat intimidating for me. For the next 9 – 12 months I have been asked to participate in an experimental blog - The Benwood Community Voices Project - to provoke honest conversation on our fair city whether it be challenges and opportunities, hopes and dreams, or needs and wants. We had our first blog meeting with my fellow bloggers and, while my primary topic is Music, we were given our first topic to write about: “What is my biggest ______ for Chattanooga in the next five years?” My fill in the blank response is “ambition”.


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Talent

Engaging Youth in Chattanooga’s Progress

There hasn't ever been a better time to live in Chattanooga. That's what my wife Haley said when we made the decision to move from Portland, ME to Chattanooga, TN. I believed her words strongly, when this city was only a YouTube clip and a New York Times article in my mind, and I believe it even more today, after living here for six months. Chattanooga is an exciting place to live right now and it’s just going to keep on getting better.


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Talent

Busted!

Even if you’ve never seen the Busted! blog or paper, you couldn’t have missed the Worst of the Worst on the front page of the Chattanooga Times Free Press. Many noticed the men were all black. I was struck more by their ages. Half of them were 20 somethings.


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