Neff Joins Thrive 2055 As Outreach Coordinator

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Maggie Neff
Maggie Neff

Thrive 2055, a local project inspiring collaborative planning for the next 40 years of growth across a 16-county region, has hired Maggie Neff as its communications and outreach coordinator. In this newly created role, Ms. Neff will oversee continued efforts to involve members of the public in determining the direction of the project.

“We are thrilled to have Maggie join this effort,” says Bridgett Massengill, Thrive 2055 project manager. “Her strong communications background and passion for people and communities make her a welcomed asset to Thrive 2055, especially as we continue to engage people who live, work, and play in our region.”

Prior to joining Thrive 2055, Ms. Neff was a senior managing editor for a Chattanooga-based healthcare marketing services company. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Communications, she has worked as a freelance writer for Reuters, a managing editor and reporter for a weekly newspaper, and a copywriter and proofreader.

“The Thrive 2055 region encompasses 1 million people from three states and 16 counties, all with diverse backgrounds and interests,” Ms. Neff says. “The combinations of variables that affect each area, each family, each individual, are vast and unique, which makes the task of reaching people in the region incredibly important as well as exciting.”

Ms. Neff joins Thrive 2055 as it enters Phase 2, titled “Dream Together and Set the Bar,” which relies on the public’s participation and ideas to narrow the project’s focus. She asks people in the region to be on the lookout for opportunities to contribute to Thrive 2055’s progress in the coming weeks.

“The beauty of this project is that it is citizen-driven,” Ms. Neff says. “This is our chance to leave a legacy from which future generations benefit—and that’s something to get excited about.”


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