Driving Our Economy Forward: EPB History

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) — Chattanooga is known for having some of the best Internet in the country.

A lot of it is thanks to EPB.

The utility’s got a lot of history here in the Scenic City.

EPB talked to News 12 about how they’re driving our economy forward.

“EPB is a municipally owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optics communication services to the community,” said Antonio Smith, Director of Talent Acquisition.

This local company employs about 700 people.

“EPB was established back in the ’30s. We actually served our first customer in 1939,” said J.Ed Marston, VP of Strategic Communication. “We were established with a mission to serve this community, basically to support enhancements of quality of life for the people who live here. And even though we’re quite a few years down the road, that is still very much our mission today.”

Smith says they’re looking for people who are good culture fit at EPB.

“We’re looking for people who have a good positive attitude who excel at what they do, and deliver great customer service to our community,” Smith said. “We have an experienced workforce and our goal for the next one to three years is to prepare, get out in the community, and recruit new talent – build a pipeline of talent from our community to support our hiring needs. It takes the community to build the next generation of workforce in the community. That is why EPB is always in the community working with Hamilton County high schools and local colleges. We have built relationships throughout the community, and we have a mentor and training for students. Working at EPB has been a pleasure. I’ve only been here for a year but it’s totally different from anything that I’ve ever experienced. It feels like family. Everybody is collaborating and getting along to do the greater good for the community. And that is powerful in my mind. Every day we’re working on things that brings value to the community. We’re giving back on a daily basis.”



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