In 2010, Chattanooga became America’s first “Gig City” by completing a community-wide fiber network connecting more than 150,000 homes and businesses in a 600-square-mile area. As a cooperative effort to draw tech talent to the area, The Gig City announced the 2012 GIGTANK summer accelerator—an opportunity for startups to come and build next-generation business utilizing Chattanooga’s 1 gigabit-per-second Internet grid.