By 2025 We Will:

  • Create More
    High-quality Jobs
  • Grow Stronger Businesses
  • Develop Skills For The New Economy
  • Increase Regional Prosperity For All

Join The Region’s Most Successful
Businesses In Achieving The Goals Of
Chattanooga Climbs

  • Become Future Ready by developing skills for the new economy
  • Deliver economic Mobility for All, so that every resident is thriving
  • Leverage the GIG City to allow entrepreneurs to lead the way
  • Foster an Inclusive Economy through Collaborative Leadership

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Future ready goal:
Ensure residents have the skills needed to sustain productive careers and high quality of life.

Ensuring that regardless of race, age, or location, residents can access quality education at all levels

Aligning education programs with industry needs and providing clear career pathways

Driving employer engagement and student success through work-based learning programs

Establishing education centers of excellence in automation, freight systems, and healthcare

Mobility for all goal:
Empower an economy teeming with high-quality jobs accessible to all residents.

Planning and preparing greenfield and brownfield sites for business growth

Strengthening business retention, expansion, and recruitment initiatives

Supporting employer-driven solutions to address hiring barriers

Growing target industries through brand building, coalitions, and other initiatives

GIG city wins goal:
Encourage entrepreneurial momentum to reach new heights, driving economic growth with startups and small businesses.

Increasing access to capital and resources to support entrepreneurs and small businesses – especially traditionally disadvantaged business enterprises

Re-energizing a campaign to attract entrepreneurs and amplify the Innovation District’s potential

Celebrating local entrepreneurs and innovators

Strengthening partnerships between established businesses and entrepreneurs to drive innovation

Accelerating research and development activity at local institutions, such as the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Inclusive economy, collaborative leaders goal:
Chattanooga and Hamilton County leaders engage in transparent dialogue with the community and encourage civic engagement among all residents.

Maintain accountability through bold metrics and transparent reporting

Pursue an open dialogue about systemic issues such as race

Expand leadership and civic engagement programs to build alignment and strengthen connections throughout our community

Bold Investments. Bold Results.

  • Expand business recruitment worldwide
  • Campaign to attract and encourage entrepreneurs
  • Regional site identification and engineering analyses
  • Talent attraction, development and retention initiatives
  • Public policy advocacy at the state and national levels

The Can Do Job Growth and Investment Strategy Added $1.3b to the Chattanooga Regional Economy From 2014 to 2019. With Your Help, We Can Climb Higher to Achieve Bolder Goals.

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Chattanooga Climbs a success.

Chattanooga Climbs Campaign Council Members

Valoria Armstrong
American Water

Alexis Bogo
Hamico Foundation

Darlene Brown
Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC

Alnoor Dhanani
Double Cola Company

Joe Ferguson

Eric Fuller
U.S. Xpress, Enterprises

Carol George
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Terry Hart
Chattanooga Airport Authority

Craig Holley
Pinnacle Financial Partners

Paul Leath
Chattanooga Gas Company

Rick McKenney

Glenn Morris
M&M Industries, Inc.

Mitch Patel
Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.

Janelle Reilly
CHI Memorial

Mike St. Charles
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C.

Roy Vaughn
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee

James Wingard
Wingard Quality Supply, LLC

Chamber Leadership

Christy Gillenwater
Chattanooga Chamber President & CEO

Tom Glenn
Elder’s Ace Hardware Immediate Past Chair

Jim Vaughn
SunTrust Bank Chair

The Chattanooga Climbs Investors

Represents Annual Commitment Level – 5 Year Campaign

$100,000+ | Tier I

  • The Benwood Foundation, Inc.
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • City of Chattanooga
  • EPB
  • Hamilton County Government
  • Unum
  • U.S. Xpress
  • Volkswagen Chattanooga

$50,000 - $99,999 | Tier II

  • Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • CHI Memorial
  • Erlanger Health System
  • Parkridge Medical Center & Parkridge East Hospital
  • Reagan Outdoor Advertising

$25,000 - $49,999 | Tier III

  • Barge Design Solutions
  • Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, PC
  • Chattanooga Gas Company
  • CROY
  • First Horizon Foundation
  • Fletcher Bright Company
  • Hamico Foundation
  • HHM CPAs
  • Miller & Martin PLLC
  • Pinnacle Financial Partners
  • Regions Bank
  • Sanofi
  • Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Truist
  • Vision Hospitality Group, Inc.

$15,000 - $24,999 | Tier IV

  • Baker Donelson
  • FirstBank
  • Food City
  • See Rock City, Inc.
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group Chattanooga
  • Wright Brothers Construction Company, Inc.

$10,000 - $14,999 | Tier V

  • 3H Group, Inc.
  • Berry & Hunt
  • Branch Technology
  • Capital Toyota | Lexus of Chattanooga
  • Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority
  • Double-Cola Company - USA
  • Elder's Ace Hardware
  • Elliott Davis
  • FreightWaves
  • Husch Blackwell LLP
  • The Johnson Group
  • PlayCore
  • Pointer Management Company
  • Southeast Industrial Development Association
  • Synovus
  • Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
  • Village VW Audi Chatt., Kia of Chatt., & ABRA
  • WACKER-Charleston

$5,000 - $9,999 | Tier VI

  • Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling Company UNITED, Inc.
  • Galen Medical Group
  • Kelly Cars
  • Kenco
  • Lawson Electric Company, Inc.
  • Lincoln Electric Automation Chattanooga
  • Mountain View Auto Group
  • P & C Construction, Inc.
  • Pointe Property Group
  • Real Estate Partners Chattanooga LLC
  • The Robinson Team of Keller Williams Realty
  • Tennessee American Water
  • TriStar Beverage of Chattanooga
  • The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

$2,500 - $4,999 | Tier VII

  • First Volunteer Bank
  • The Honorable Bob Corker
  • LBMC
  • Market Street Partners, PLLC
  • NAI Charter Real Estate
  • S&ME, Inc.
  • Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation
  • SmartBank
  • Tranco Logistics, LLC

Under $2500 | Chattanooga Climbs Supporters

  • Buzzi Unicem USA - Signal Mountain Plant
  • Chestnut Funds
  • Citizens Savings & Loan Corp.
  • Cleaning Solutions, LLC
  • Hixson Utility District
  • Komatsu America Corp.
  • Neuhoff Taylor Architects, P. C.
  • Ruby Falls
  • Sofix LLC
  • Southern Adventist University
  • SSOE Group
  • Stowers Machinery Corporation
  • T.U. Parks Construction Company

The Chattanooga Climbs Steering Committee

  • Charita Allen, City of Chattanooga
  • Steve Angle, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
  • Valoria Armstrong, American Water
  • Rebecca Ashford, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Anthony Byrd, Chattanooga City Council
  • Mickey Cloud, The Sasha Group
  • Scott Cooper, Tennessee Valley Authority
  • Mayor Jim Coppinger, Hamilton County Government
  • Stephen Culp, Smart Furniture
  • Jeff DeLoach, Chattanooga Times Free Press
  • David DeVaney, NAI Charter Real Estate Corporation
  • Bo Drake, Chattanooga State Community College
  • Randy Fairbanks, Hamilton County Commission
  • Todd Fortner, Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
  • Angela Garcia, La Paz
  • Abby Garrison, Causeway
  • Gregg Gentry, Erlanger Health System
  • Tom Glenn, Elder's Ace Hardware
  • Rusty Gray, Baker Donelson
  • Terry Hart, Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport Authority
  • Ken Hays, Formerly Enterprise Center
  • Bryan Johnson, HCDE
  • Tim Kelly, Kelly Auto Group
  • Quentin Lawrence, Hope for the Inner City
  • Paul Leath, Chattanooga Gas Company
  • Ian Leavy, Volkswagen Chattanooga
  • Travis Lytle, SmartBank
  • Warren Mackey, Hamilton County Commission
  • Hodgen Mainda, EPB
  • Stefanie Mansueto, JP Morgan Chase
  • Rick McKenney, Unum Group
  • Russell Morehead, Croy Engineering
  • Sarah Morgan, The Benwood Foundation
  • Janelle Reilly, CHI Memorial
  • Erskine Oglesby, Chattanooga City Council
  • Mitch Patel, Vision Hospitality Group
  • Stacy Richardson, City of Chattanooga
  • Tiffanie Robinson, Lamp Post Properties
  • Mike Sarvis, Synovus
  • Marcus Shaw, Co.Lab
  • Sabrena Smedley, Hamilton County Commission
  • Ken Smith, Chattanooga City Council
  • Mark Smith, Miller & Martin
  • Mike St. Charles, Chambliss Bahner Stophel
  • David Steele, University of Tennessee of Chattanooga
  • Melissa Taylor, Chattanooga Hamilton County Regional Planning Agency
  • Jim Vaughn, SunTrust now Truist
  • Michael Walton, green | spaces
  • Barry White, Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Kim White, River City Company
  • Scott Williamson, Fletcher Bright
  • Scott N. Wilson, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • James Wingard, Wingard Quality Supply
  • Joe Wingate, Hamilton County School Board