Chattanooga Announces “Innovation District”
Local leaders made it official Tuesday—and even identified the downtown district where all of those groups and ideas will come together.KEN HAYS, EXEC.DIR.,THE ENTERPRISE CENTER “After months of hard work and collaboration between multiple partners,The Enterprise Center is proud to announce Chattanooga is home to the first innovation district in a mid-size city, Applause”
If you are over 40 the phrase “Innovation District” may not strike a chord. But if you can imagine a central headquarters for start-ups, business incubators and economic generators–all using the world’s fastest internet and all in walking distance of the major players, then you’ve got the picture.
MAYOR JIM COPPINGER, HAMILTON COUNTY “It’s just another economy that we’re really excited about where people will have the opportunity to come here and create jobs and have the opportunity here in Hamilton county.”
MAYOR ANDY BERKE, CHATTANOGA “All those in the room who have google alerts about Chattanooga have seen over the last year that the entire country is watching what we are doing with jealousy and awe..that’s why its time to take it up to the next level.”
The central location will be in the Edney Building, a 90-thousand square foot facility at 11th and Market, now being used by TVA.
The head of the Company Lab, Mike Bradshaw, will be the key player in that move.
MIKE BRADSHAW, EXEC. DIRECTOR, THE COMPANY LAB “Its going to be wonderful venue for Gig Tank 2015…all of our annual events will be hosted there…its going to be a lot of fun to be a part of this.”
Included in that 140 acre Innovation District are EPB, the public library, the Public Education Foundation,Arts Build and Warehouse Row.
Other buildings in that area are being looked-at as additional space for the city’s Innovation district, if needed.
The Enterprise Center is requesting proposals from private developers for the Edney building.
The first tenants hope to move in by April 1st.