A Framework for the Future
Chattanooga’s Innovation District is our place where people from all walks of life come together to explore and collaborate, whether its within the realm of technology, art, recreation, commerce, or civic engagement. Thinkers, starters, and doers – a bold place full of people working together to discover the next big thing.
Mayor Andy Berke
Building on Chattanooga’s unique integration of its advanced digital assets with a dynamic culture of innovation and entrepreneurship, the Framework Plan for the Innovation District of Chattanooga articulates our community’s shared values and vision for embracing the energy and excitement in our innovation economy. This plan will help ensure that our decisions are intentional and that we achieve the goals set out in the planning process to improve the district and build new places to support innovation and a knowledge based economy.
The Framework Plan revolves around shared values that animate our work, inform our proposed use of land and inspire how we think about the people and culture that are integral to the Innovation District. These shared values reflect our belief in the importance of:
- Diversity and Inclusion in all aspects of the Innovation District
- The area’s Culture and history for creating an authentic district identity
- Integrating Education, students and learning throughout the District
- Innovation as a way to solve problems and create new social and economic value
- Public Life and the public realm that makes public life possible and vital
- Creating an Urban Lab to grow new economic opportunities in today’s economy
Distilled from the hopes and dreams expressed by Chattanoogans during the planning process, the vision for the Innovation District is that it be a place that adds unique value to the city around it. Tangible outcomes will include such things as new jobs and businesses, buildings renovated for new economy uses, more places for learning, better public spaces and more places to live. Equally important will be the intangible outcomes such as greater diversity, inclusion and sense of belonging, a pervasive air of creativity, risk taking and innovation and a shared image for the future of our city and the people who call it home.
Four interrelated strategies are presented in this report for achieving the vision for the Innovation District. Two of them are people-based: supporting the innovation ecosystem and people and programming. The other two are place-based: public realm enhancement and building and redevelopment priorities. Implementing this plan will require joint efforts, new leaders, creative problem solving and talents as diverse as our city’s makeup. This plan lays out a flexible framework for guiding our next important steps in growing Chattanooga’s innovation economy and everyone is invited to be a part of these efforts.