Mike Bradshaw, CO.LAB’s executive director, says that Chattanooga’s dedication to facilitating creativity and entrepreneurship has led to its renaissance. “I think where this city government has really hit a home run here is that they recognize the importance of what this high-speed network represents for Chattanooga,” he says. “They’ve helped foster an atmosphere where the work that we can do proceeds, but they haven’t attempted to direct or control us in any way at all.”
"Chattanooga known as "Gig City" for being the first in the United States to build a community-wide fiber optic network capable of delivering 1 gigabit (1,000 Mbps) Internet speeds, announced today that municipal utility EPB fiber optics is now offering the world's first 10 gigabit (10 Gig) Internet service to be made available across a large community-wide territory."
"Chattanooga’s balance of infrastructure investment, intimate startup scene, and access to nature is enough to cultivate a tech environment that is homegrown."
"A recent visit to Chattanooga, Tenn. convinces me that U.S. cities—particularly small and medium-sized ones—can take multiple paths to unleashing their distinct innovative economies. In designating a 140-acre enclave in the heart of their downtown as an innovation district, Chattanooga has built strategically on three critical assets—quality place making, unusual anchor institutions, and a highly collaborative innovation ecosystem."
"We knew Chattanooga was something special when we chose it to be the host city for AngelSummit US 2015. Now that we’ve spent some time in the ‘Scenic City’ we’re convinced it’s destined to become the next Boulder."
"The old Chattanooga is long gone. Today, the city has some of the cleanest air and water in the region. Outdoor Magazine has twice in the past four years named the city the "best town ever." Instead of smokestacks and foundries, you'll see rock-climbing enthusiasts scaling the outdoor wall of High Point Climbing and Fitness on Broad Street -- just a block away from the city's revitalized waterfront and the nation's largest freshwater aquarium. And rather than a dirty, polluted river running through the center of town, you'll see kayakers and standup paddle boarders drifting along a rejuvenated Tennessee River."
When I was growing up an hour south of Chattanooga in the eighties and nineties, the city was best known for MoonPies, those sinfully delicious chocolate, graham cracker, and marshmallow hockey pucks. Fast-forward a couple of decades and I’m standing in a juice bar on the edge of downtown, wondering what happened to the corny place I once knew. Now it’s all nitro cold brew and tech startups, like the love child of Nashville and Silicon Valley, but with more singletrack.
"TechKnow visited Chattanooga, Tennessee, one of the nation’s first test beds for the gig, to find out how lightning quick it’s Internet speed is."