CHATTANOOGA, TN, (WDEF)-Author Raymond Evans,"people who forget their past have no future"
A Crossroads, a river post, A Civil War Battle ground, an industrial center and now an I.T hub,
Chattanooga has worn many hats in the past two hundred years but one things for sure, it has kept on evolving.
Cathy Cook of Chickamauga Military Park,"This was a small river town strategically it was important as a major transportation hub, it was recognized for it's natural resources even before the battles that occurred here"
Attracting a million visitors a year from across the world Chattanooga's Civil War past sits side by side with it's Internet E-Industry.
Raymond Evans,"This city would not be thriving today if it hadn't been for what happened in the past, so you can't understand the present without having some knowledge of the past"
The Tennessee Valley left behind smoking canons to become a sprawling smoggy manufacturing mass a hundred years after the civil war.
J.Ed Marston, Chattanooga Chamber,"Early on Chattanooga succeed in becoming a huge manufacturing hub in the early days and then sort of towards the middle part of the century in addition to being a manufacturing hub it grew in a lot of financial services">
It has been only been in the past twenty years that the Scenic City has risen from the ashes of it's manufacturing past.
Bentley Cook,Colab and Gigtank Web Entrepreneur, "I remember coming downtown after 5 o'clock it was a ghost town,now there are young people, coffee shops, doing work, hanging out, it's been a really place to come back and say, not only did I grow up here, but I could probably also grow old here"
Joe Ledbetter, Chattanooga Whiskey Founder, "Chattanooga is literally hundreds and thousands of entrepreneurs, business owners that have really come into a community, made that community their home and invested back into it"
Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau President Bob Doak is excited for the future of our region.
"15 minutes from being in a four star hotel in the downtown and eating at a four star restaurant again within 15 minutes you can be jumping off the side of a mountain to the top of one"
One can't help but wonder if the men and women who lost their lives a century and a half ago would be proud of what our city has become.