Education and Workforce Development

One of the most effective ways to support our region’s workforce is through responsible education and workforce policy. From early childhood education to tailored workforce development initiatives, the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce supports legislation that provides our robust education system with the ability to be flexible in order to meet the present and future needs of our workforce.


  • Support and promote efforts to address the digital divide for all students in Hamilton County
  • Address the loss of educational gains in students being seen as a result of remote learning


  • Support policies and initiatives that provide more freedom to structure education to better fit the needs of students and employers
  • Support legislation that limits the liability of companies that partner with the school system for work-based learning programs
  • Support efforts that increase the annual funding for K-12 education in Chattanooga and Hamilton County
  • Support efforts to address Hamilton County Schools Capital needs that appropriately advance talent and workforce development needs


  • Support efforts to make higher education in Tennessee more affordable and flexible for students
  • Support efforts to provide more flexibility for institutions to be help focus on local needs
  • Support expanded availability of regional manufacturing training
  • Support legislation that would provide in-state tuition for DREAMers
  • Support University of Tennessee-Chattanooga’s efforts to secure appropriation funding for a Health Sciences building (CC)


  • Support expanded vocational training programs
  • Support the expansion of computer sciences programming and other technical programs at UTC and Chattanooga State (CC)
  • Support for Chattanooga State’s Logistics & Transportation Hub project


We support policies that remove impediments for workers to find employment, including:

  • Reforming and updating the unemployment system in the state
  • Address the need for affordable, quality child care to allow workers to re-enter the workforce and in-person employment


  • Support additional funding for the state’s work-based learning grants
  • Support enhancement of programs and projects that strengthen the link between publicly funded workforce development initiatives and economic development
  • Support criminal justice reform programs that provide vocation/skills training and job coaching for those re-entering the workforce after a period of incarceration (CC)
  • Support programs and initiatives that strategically serve to increase diversity and inclusion throughout our economy (CC)
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion- Support programs and initiatives that strategically serve to increase diversity and inclusion throughout our economy (CC)
  • Address legislation that impacts diversity, economic inclusion, and a welcoming environment for talent attraction and retention.