Pass It Down Receives Chattanooga Chamber Spirit Of Innovation Award

Friday, October 20, 2017

The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce presented the 2017 Spirit of Innovation Award on Friday to storytelling platform Pass It Down.

“Thank you to the Chamber for this opportunity,” said Chris Cummings. “Thank you to this city. My wife and I moved here two years ago and we feel embraced and at home here because Chattanooga welcomed us with open arms and made it easy to start a company.”

Pass It Down is a digital biography service that preserves family memories. The service includes story prompts that can be answered in video, audio, text or photo from a phone, tablet or computer. These digital stories then become a customized print book. Pass It Down’s greetingStory Memory Boxes include hand-selected questions from the world's top biographers with tips and instructions on the inside to guide friends and family in sharing their stories.

In his acceptance speech, Mr. Cummings also unveiled an effort to corral memories about a city or place, to be piloted in Chattanooga.

Silicon Valley native Leslie Miley keynoted the Spirit of Innovation luncheon.

“Don’t let the speed of something get in the way,” Ms. Miley said. “Building a city takes time. Be attentive, go slow, be inclusive. We do better when we work together. As long as you’re doing that, you’re doing the right thing.”

Ms. Miley has worked in engineering leadership roles at Slack, Twitter, Apple and Google, and now works with Venture for America to enable Silicon Valley tech professionals to spend a year in other cities such as Baltimore, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Nashville, New Orleans or Philadelphia, working with venture capitalists and innovation centers or districts on growing their respective tech communities.

Spirit of Innovation also honored award finalists Society of Work and The TomorrowBuilding apartments, culminating Startup Week by celebrating the region’s most innovative companies.



AOC Launching New Indigent Representation Payment System In February

The Administrative Office of the Courts will modernize its disbursement system for indigent representation payments to attorneys, interpreters, expert witnesses, and investigators in February 2018. The new AOC Claims and Payment (ACAP) system will replace the Indigent Claim Entry (ICE) system and will allow users to more accurately and efficiently input and track claims for payment.The ... (click for more)

Consistent Cold Temps Boosting EPB Bottom Line

Consistent cold temps are boosting EPB's bottom line, Chief Financial Officer Greg Eaves said. The city utility had $1.1 million in revenues from kilowatt sales in December. It wound up with a positive margin of over $3 million for the month. Mr. Eaves said January "is looking real good as well with consistent cold temperatures." He said the fact that the cold weather ... (click for more)

Fleischmann Blames Senate Democrats On Government Shutdown

Congressman Chuck Fleischmann blamed Senate Democrats after the Senate’s failure to pass the Continuing Resolution (CR), putting a government shutdown into place. He said,  “I cannot fathom how Senate Democrats, knowing the severity of the issues in question, acted with such insensitivity using our children and our military as pawns, putting party over country. ... (click for more)

Elderly Man Dies In House Fire In Cleveland

An elderly man died in a house fire in Cleveland on Friday night. Neighbors said they were able to pull a woman from the flames at the home at 685 4th St. SE, but were unable to save the man. Fire crews went to the scene shortly after 7 p.m. The cause of the fire is being investigated. (click for more)

DACA Or Amnesty To Become The Majority?

As we have the political drama that we see in D.C. let’s be honest about what DACA is all about. We understand as the liberal policies of abortion, dependency on the government and an anti-American globalist / progressive agenda that many have come to realize these policies no longer represent their core beliefs and have left a certain party. Without an influx of new dependency ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Saturday Funnies

It is said that a 15-year-old in Minnesota, where just like the rest of the United States prayer in schools is prohibited, was tasked with writing an essay. He turned in his paper and, as it was returned with an A-plus, it is only fitting that something this clever should begin this week’s edition of The  Saturday  Funnies. Those who enjoy the Funnies understand that ... (click for more)