Benwood Foundation Launches New Website, Community Blog

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Benwood Foundation has launched a new website, featuring details on the foundation’s new strategic direction, as well as the new Community Voices Blog. The blog will serve as a platform for a variety of contributors to share their views on a range of issues that impact Chattanooga. 

“One aspect that makes Chattanooga great is all of the residents that are engaged in moving the City forward,” said Sarah Morgan, president of the Benwood Foundation.  “We wanted to use the opportunity of the new website and blog to feature some of those different voices with perspectives on the issues that truly matter. We hope that the blog will help contribute to a meaningful and ongoing dialogue about the future of Chattanooga.”

The Community Voices Blog features 15 contributors that will be blogging regularly about a range of different topics, including public education, technology, arts, outdoors and civic engagement. The blog will also feature guest posts from other contributors from throughout the community. 

“I’m excited for the opportunity to be a community blogger, “ said Edna Varner, who is a teacher/principal coach at the Public Education Foundation, and a former high school principal, “Over the next year, I’m looking forward to writing about the challenges and potential within our public education system. I will also be inviting other teachers, community leaders and stakeholders to provide their perspectives on public education, as well.”

“It’s a great opportunity,” said Daniel Ryan, who will be blogging about technology in Chattanooga, “Too often folks look at technology as a silo, or as the be-all-end-all solution to everything. We're going to explore how technology intersects and impacts community issues.”

The Benwood Foundation is a private, place-based foundation that seeks to support innovative community efforts that help make Chattanooga great. Founded in 1944 by Chattanooga businessman, George T. Hunter, the foundation focuses on four priority areas - Place, Talent, Culture and Competitive Advantage. 

The new website can be accessed at www.benwood.org.


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