Qualities of the Innovation District
Diversity and Inclusion
The Innovation District will be one of Chattanooga’s most diverse and inclusive communities. The ID was established to improve the lives of all Chattanoogans. Stakeholders who shape and lead the district must represent and advocate for all communities and cultures in Chattanooga. The work of the Innovation District will impact, engage and improve the lives of all Chattanoogans from our closest neighbors to those in more distant neighborhoods.
Arts and culture will be a cornerstone of the district, bringing inspiration and creativity into our innovation ecosystem. The culture of the Innovation District must build upon the uniqueness of Chattanooga’s history and the cultural identities of our communities. The beauty of our natural surroundings and authentic history will permeate design and programmatic elements throughout the district. We will honor and preserve our African American history while supporting our minority communities.
The Innovation District will provide a variety of educational opportunities that create economic growth, new job pathways for students and continued advancement of and enrichment for educators. As an educational support base for the school system, the Innovation District will be the place that spurs imagination, broadens networks and helps prepare students for success in tomorrow’s workforce. Post-secondary educational institutions will have a strong and active presence in the district.
Our Innovation District will build upon our city’s innovation assets, including our background of city-wide collaboration and public- private partnerships. The district will lead the way in creating new solutions and improving current technologies to create a future that maximizes the benefit of digital assets for all (such as EPB’s smart grid). The district will be a place that showcases and celebrates research and innovative approaches to social, economic, business and civic challenges.
Chattanooga’s Innovation District will be made up of an array of public collision points that are activated with programming and city-wide initiatives to include those who work, play, live and participate in district life. Our public space will be ever evolving to meet the needs of Chattanoogans, with the purpose of bringing people together. High quality public spaces will host festivals, celebrations and entertainment as well as promote civic cohesion and invite the expression of ideas and opinions.
The Innovation District will be a place where the city’s urban and digital infrastructure is used as an urban test bed for smart city researchers. Through targeted pilot programs and partnerships between academia and industry, the district will be the front line for testing new and innovative concepts. With the district’s dynamic assets, partners will develop, prototype and scale services and applications that benefit the greater Chattanooga community and the world at large.