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Tech Cities: From Silicon Valley to Silicon Prairie // Urban Land Magazine

"Chattanooga’s balance of infrastructure investment, intimate startup scene, and access to nature is enough to cultivate a tech environment that is homegrown."

October 1st, 2015|

How blazing Internet speeds helped Chattanooga shed its smokestack past // CNet

"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."

August 19th, 2015|

The 16 Best Places to Live in the U.S.: 2015 // Outside Online

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.

August 17th, 2015|

Are Startup Accelerators Dead? // Forbes

"One member of the LaunchTN network of nine regional accelerators, ZeroTo510, in the Greater Memphis Accelerator Consortium, was listed in TechCrunch’s accelerator ranking. In addition, something interesting in happening in Tennessee, with the advent of hands-on venture firms like the Lamp Post Group and innovative ventures, such as PriceWaiter. My Forbes co-contributor Geri Stengel concurs that something is happening in the Volunteer State, writing last month about that state’s emerging women entrepreneurs."

June 3rd, 2015|

Why Housing Is Key to Chattanooga’s Tech-Hub Ambitions // City Lab

"Chattanooga gets a lot of press thanks to its smart-grid Internet. Both The New York Times and The Guardian ran affectionate spreads of "Gig City" this past year. Both mentioned that Chattanooga residents can download a two-hour movie in under a minute. And both mentioned that the city's economy has been revolutionized as Chattanooga emerges as a destination for tech-driven innovation..."

March 5th, 2015|