Collier Construction Finds A New Way To Give

Wednesday, January 08, 2014
After brainstorming new ways to give back to the community in 2014, local general contractor Collier Construction has developed a service program called Collier Cares. Through this initiative, the company will dedicate a minimum of one day per month to volunteering in the Chattanooga area.

Although Collier has historically participated in a number of volunteer projects—such as building the camel track at the Chattanooga Zoo, working on repairs to the eagle and sandhill crane enclosure at the Chattanooga Arboretum and Nature Center, and participating in the Tennessee River Rescue—there has never been a great deal of structure surrounding the selection and scheduling process.

“Traditionally, we’ve considered service projects on a case-by-case basis,” said Ethan Collier, president and CEO of Collier Construction. “My hope is that by working the time into our schedules now, we’ll be able to take on more service projects and complete them more efficiently.”

Collier Cares is intended to serve local nonprofit organizations, rather than individuals. Applicants should understand that Collier does not plan to purchase the materials or equipment needed to complete projects. However, the team is not opposed to taking larger projects into consideration.

“This is our way of finding out what local organizations need and then deciding how we can help,” Mr. Collier said. “I certainly don’t want to discourage anyone from submitting multiple ideas or even a project that might be a bit more intensive. There’s always a chance we may decide to tackle a larger project by working on it for a few consecutive months.”

To apply for work through Collier Cares, email your name, title, organization and proposed project(s) to colliercares@collierbuild.com.

Fidelity Trust Remains Bullish On Central Business District; Buying Old Krystal Headquarters On Cherry Street

Fidelity Trust Company has a contract to purchase the old Krystal headquarters at 701 Cherry St., Matt McGauley said. He stated, "We're very bullish on the Central Business District. We already have six buildings there, and this will be our seventh." The three-story business block includes the Cherry Street Diner. The building has 19,000 square feet of space. With the ... (click for more)

BlueCross BlueShield Of Tennessee Donates $10,000 To Habitat For Humanity Of Greater Chattanooga Area

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust presented Habitat for Humanity of Greater Chattanooga Area with a check in the amount of $10,000 on Wednesday, to benefit Habitat’s new Neighborhood Revitalization Program. “BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee is helping us to service more families in the Bushtown area,” said David Butler, executive director of Habitat ... (click for more)

Person Shot Sunday Morning On Englewood Avenue

One person was shot on Sunday morning in North Chattanooga. At approximately 9:18 a.m., the Chattanooga Police Department responded to a gunshot wound call at 1049 Englewood Ave. involving one victim. T he victim was transported to a local hospital suffering from a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Chattanooga Police ask anyone with information regarding ... (click for more)

North Carolina Man Dies In Rafting Incident On The Ocoee River

A 50-year-old North Carolina man died Saturday morning when the raft he was aboard overturned in the Ocoee River. The victim was Gary Brown of Clayton. Mr. Brown and five other occupants along with a guide were ejected after the raft they were navigating overturned in a rapid.   The victim was unresponsive when he was recovered from the water further ... (click for more)

Dirt Decision At Camp Jordan May Come Back To Haunt East Ridge Councilmen

Wow. I thought the arrival of Bass Pro Shop would help bring East Ridge back to a position of prominence in the Chattanooga area, but the Council proved otherwise last night.  To the council - There is a reason that the developers want that dirt: It's valuable . You currently own it and the developer wants it. Bass Pro has already agreed to set up shop. They were going ... (click for more)

Farm To Table To Dollars

I recently hosted a discussion with local business leaders, Andy Berke, mayor of Chattanooga, and Heather McTeer Toney, southeast regional administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. We had an important conversation about the role of the business community in combating climate change. As the owner of 212 Market Restaurant in downtown Chattanooga, I’ve experienced ... (click for more)