AREA203 Digital Gives $100,000 To Local STEM School

Monday, October 15, 2012

AREA203 Digital presented a $100,000 check to the students and faculty of the Hamilton County STEM School at its grand opening celebration Monday. AREA203 has partnered with Hamilton County Schools on these initiatives as part of the company’s mission to support the continued growth of Chattanooga’s digital economy. The school’s lobby will be named in honor of local-entrepreneur and AREA203 founder, Carey V. Brown. Beginning with 75 freshman students this year, the school aims to enroll 300 students by 2017. 

“We are investing in Chattanooga’s children because they are our community’s future leaders and innovators," said Doug Freeman, president of AREA203 Digital.  "Ensuring Chattanooga has the best and the brightest means growing and nurturing them right here at home. “We are a company built on technology, math and science. We believe in fostering those skills and interests in the next generation.” 

“With this donation, AREA203 has set an example for what it means to be a strong community leader,” said Tennessee Deputy Governor Claude Ramsey. “I hope other businesses across the state follow AREA203’s lead and take a vested interest in the future of Tennessee’s youth.” 

“Chattanooga businesses need employees who are highly educated and trained to compete in the technology sector,” said Ron Harr, Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce CEO. “AREA203’s gift will help Chattanooga build a talent pipeline for businesses, locally and across the state.” 

“Through an innovative curriculum and partnerships with companies like AREA203, we are providing students with the education they need to succeed in the digital economy,” said Rick Smith, superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. “We teach these students science and math today so that tomorrow they can create the next cutting edge technology to keep America competitive in the world economy.” 

Carey V. Brown is a Chattanooga entrepreneur and philanthropist who founded AREA203. Over the past 30 years, Mr. Brown has grown more than a dozen successful companies. He is committed to helping Chattanooga and global communities by donating a substantial portion of the profits from his companies and investments. He is also a founder and trustee of the Covenant Values Foundation. 

Hamilton County’s STEM School uses an integrated curricular education model with a core focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine. The school has partnered with local colleges and regional businesses to provide students with opportunities for an authentic and relevant learning experience. The school is located on the campus of Chattanooga State Community College, where students have access to the college’s labs and facilities. 

AREA203 Digital is a digital advertising agency that connects consumers with answers. They do it by listening, learning, creating, engaging, and optimizing digital campaigns that reach audiences where they spend their time and make their decisions, online. 

Visit  or on Twitter @AREA203Digital.

Sanderson To Speak At Lee Winter Commencement

Dr. Carla Sanderson, vice president of Chamberlain College of Nursing, will deliver the address at Lee University’s winter commencement ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 10:30 a.m. in the Conn Center.  Dr. Sanderson is the vice president of accreditation and professional regulation at Chamberlain College of Nursing. Previously, she served for 32 years as provost and executive ... (click for more)

Von Streber Named Crosby Scholar

Lee University student Guilherme von Streber was the recipient of the 2015 Crosby Scholarship, presented by Lee President Dr. Paul Conn during a chapel service.  The Crosby Scholarship was established to honor the memory of Dr. Henry Crosby, a close friend of Dr. Conn and his wife Darlia. Faculty members nominate a young man entering his junior year for the scholarship. ... (click for more)

Fire Breaks Out At McKee Bakery Plant 2; Damage Listed At $15,000Propane Tanks Were Near Blaze

Fire broke out at a McKee Food plant at Collegedale on Saturday night. At 6:45 p.m. , an employee at McKee Foods called 911 call reporting a fire at McKee Foods Plant 2 located at 10260 McKee Dr. Tri-Community Volunteer Fire Department responded and arrived on the scene reporting flames 15 feet high at one end of the building of Plant 2. According to fire officials, ... (click for more)

City Council To Consider Policy That Job Applicants Would Not Have To Reveal Criminal Records

The City Council on Tuesday night will consider a policy that city job applicants would not have to reveal their criminal past. Councilman Yusuf Hakeem cited problems those with felony records have in securing employment. The policy would go into effect by the first of the year. The resolution says: WHEREAS, the City of Chattanooga (the "City") is committed ... (click for more)

Lung Cancer, The Deadliest Cancer In The United States

This time of year, I remember to give thanks for my faith, my family and friends and my health. Recently, I learned that lung cancer is the deadliest form of cancer in the United States; in fact, more Americans die each year from lung cancer than any other type of cancer. One in 13 men and one in 16 women will develop the disease in their lifetime. It’s important to learn about ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: We Can’t ‘Ban The Box’

I know a man who has over 20 former convicts from federal prisons who either work for him or who have retired with their dignity, pride, and self-worth restored. Better yet, I know some of them, men who have done “hard time” in prisons so wretched none of us would dare to go. So on the surface I applaud City Councilman Yusef Hakeem for seeing ways to get formerly incarcerated men ... (click for more)