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. AREA203.com. 

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