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UEDA Summit 2012: Chattanooga: The Gig City – How the First City in the Western Hemisphere is Using 1 Gigabit-per-Second Fiber Internet Service to Grow its Economy (Cropp, DePriest & Daly)
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UEDA Summit 2012: Chattanooga: The Gig City – How the First City in the Western Hemisphere is Using 1 Gigabit-per-Second Fiber Internet Service to Grow its Economy (Cropp, DePriest & Daly)


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  • 1970s – A group of manufacturers, doctors, and elected officials to address air quality issues in the area. As a result, Chattanooga became one of the first cities in the U.S. to create a local Air Pollution Control Bureau. Manufacturers voluntarily spent over $10 million to install equipment to radically reduce emissions, and the federal government, which had named Chattanooga as the city with the worst air quality in 1969, celebrated the city’s rapid improvement with a national declaration just three years later. 1980s – Thousands of Chattanoogans came together to envision a commitment portfolio for moving the city forward. Ideas generated through these sessions included the construction of an aquarium, reconnection with the cities river roots, green space master planning within and around the city, a focus on pedestrian connections, and taking a sustainable approach to development. 1990s – Chattanooga received national and international attention for its downtown Renaissance thanks to the completion of the Tennessee Aquarium and half a dozen other major projects. Restaurants and other businesses took root. In earlier decades, Chattanooga’s Central Business District was a virtual ghost town after 5 p.m. and on weekends. In the 1990s, it became a destination of choice for residents and tourists alike. 2000s – Chattanoogans sustained their revitalization efforts by embarking on two tranformational projects simultaneously.
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    • 1. The CHATTANOOGA Success Story University EconomicDevelopment Association Summit October 23, 2012 J. Wayne Cropp, President and CEO
    • 2. Chattanooga, Tennessee  Fourth largest city in Tennessee  Population nearly 300,000  Located on banks of the Tennessee River  Mountains, ridges and lakes
    • 3. Chattanooga 1900’s – History – Dynamo of Dixie
    • 4. Chattanooga 1969 – Recognized as Having Worst Air Quality in the Country Walter Cronkite US HEW Report 1/1969
    • 5. Chattanooga 1988 – Compliance with all National Air Quality Standards  1st Metro Area in USA to achieve Ozone Standards from Non-Attainment Status  Worst-to-First Environmental Turn Around Story
    • 6. Chattanooga Story: 1980 - 1990 • Community at a crossroads • Losing jobs • Downtown empty after work hours • Pioneered public visioning process  Create a dynamic downtown area  Re-connect with the Tennessee River
    • 7. 1980s: Riverfront Ghost Town
    • 8. 1990s: Tennessee Aquarium
    • 9. Today: Tennessee Aquarium
    • 10. North Chattanooga: Then
    • 11. North Chattanooga: Now
    • 12. Brownfields Then Now
    • 13. Chattanooga Story: 1990 - 2005PROBLEM: Tourism up but few new companies emerge  Slower than average job growth  Slower than average population growthRESPONSE:  City and County create Enterprise South  Chamber launches public-private job creation partnership
    • 14. Chattanooga Story: 2005-2012PROBLEM: Manufacturing Moves Off-ShoreRESPONSE:The Enterprise Center Leads Technology InitiativesEPB “Connects” the Community • To the “Smart Grid” • To the Internet – North America’s Fastest and Broadest Connection
    • 15. History of Public-Private Partnership • 1970s: Clean Air Partnership • 1980s: Visioning • 1990s: Downtown Revitalization • 2000s: 21st Century Waterfront & Enterprise South • 2010s: EPB Connects Chattanooga to the GIG
    • 16. Chattanooga