Who knew Chattanooga was an Intelligent Community? We did.

Chattanooga’s nomination to the Intelligent Community Forum’s (ICF) 2011 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year is an honor to be sure. The ICF’s Top Seven are communities around the world that provide a model of economic and social development in the 21st Century using information and communications technology to power growth, address social challenges and preserve and promote culture.

We, as a community have won all kinds of awards in recent years (Top Arts Destination, Most Economic Growth Potential, Best Town for Outdoors Lifestyles, Top Place to Live in the US, and many more). The noticeable hardware that has been missing is the recognition for Chattanooga as a technology hub. The word is getting out that Chattanooga is a great place to be, not just for quality of life and low cost of living, but also as a place that cares for and supports technology based start-ups. New programs and initiatives in Chattanooga are popping up all over the place: EPB’s gigabit/second fiber network to 600 square miles; InnovateHere, an incentive program to attract high-growth potential ventures to downtown; UTC’s Sim Center, housing some of the world’s best computational engineers; and new angel and seed funds for high-growth start-ups.

These are exciting days for Chattanoogans and we are proud to be a Top Seven Intelligent Community…maybe by the summer, we’ll be Number One!

If you’re interested in following the action on the competition, check out the ICF site, Facebook page, or Twitter account.