An increasingly vibrant Southside district was bursting with potential and needed an event to channel that energy and strengthen the neighborhood. Today, the MAINx24 annual 14-hour festival–featuring food, music and culture–has become one of Chattanooga's most celebrated local events, with 5,000+ annual participants and over [...]

December 4th, 2007|


Beginning in the 1980s, civic revival in Chattanooga was underway. But by the 2000s, some of this dynamic energy and innovative determination had dwindles. The city was leaking its talent to other cities once again. In response, two inspired citizens–Helen Johnson and Josh McManus–started a [...]

October 29th, 2007|

Chattanooga: 1970s

One hundred years ago, Chattanooga was the entrepreneurial hub of the South. Located on the Tennessee River near several major Southern cities, it was an ideal place for businesses to launch and thrive. Yet in the 60s and 70s, Chattanooga's reputation for enterprise faltered after [...]

October 1st, 1970|