A Global Spotlight For A Chattanooga Trio

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Three key community leaders have been asked to speak and lead a workshop on how Chattanooga’s ‘working together works’ attitude activates our Innovation District in an international placemaking conference this fall in Amsterdam. Stephanie Hays – manager at the Tomorrow Building, Mary Stargel – program manager at The Edney, and Meagan Shinn – program director at River City Company will be presenting on the elements of live, work and play respectively of animating an Innovation District.


Over 400 proposals for this conference were submitted from 65 countries and an interdisciplinary team from the U.S. and the Netherlands selected the final presentations with less than one third of the speakers at the upcoming October conference coming from the U.S. Ms. Hays will share Lamp Post Properties efforts to revitalize historic Chattanooga buildings in the Innovation District; Ms. Stargel will share how creating density and collaboration among startups and corporations has accelerated business growth and attracted new talent and companies to our Innovation District; Finally, Ms. Shinn will share how River City Company works to create a unique sense of place in our Innovation District through animation activities like Passageways. 


This conference is sponsored by Project for Public Spaces (PPS), and it defines placemaking as both an overarching idea and a hands-on approach for improving a neighborhood, city or region that inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces as the heart of every community.


“Chattanooga has a long history of placemaking from our over 30 year revitalization story which is now being effectively translated to our growing Innovation District,” said Kim White, president of River City Company. “This collection of Chattanooga talent has been rightfully selected from their counterparts around the globe because of the incredible work they are doing right here in the Scenic City.”


“I’m unbelievably thrilled and honored to be able to represent Chattanooga with my colleagues at Placemaking Week in Amsterdam,” said Ms. Hays. “In addition to sharing our Innovation District with others, I am so excited to learn from a diverse group of placemaking experts from across the world so that I can return to Chattanooga and use what I’ve learned to continue our work to make my hometown a better place.”


The Placemaking Week Conference will take place Oct. 10-14 in Amsterdam. Praised for its focus on biking as a primary mode of transportation, Amsterdam is seen as having one of the most exemplary, people-centric transportation systems in Europe. The city also is a global leader in sustainability, not only because of its focus on walking and biking but also because of its smart urban design and unique community initiatives, and the fact that it is seen as one of the most socially inclusive cities in Europe.

Marissa Bell Joins Waterhouse Public Relations

Waterhouse Public Relations has expanded its team with a new account executive focused on client needs, strategy and media relations. In her seventh year as a communications professional, Marissa Bell brings a range of experience in digital media, broadcasting, public relations and government affairs. “Marissa is a strong addition to our team, bringing with her a deep knowledge ... (click for more)

Burlington Opens New Location In Chattanooga

Burlington Stores is opening a new store in Chattanooga at The Village at Waterside, 2521 Lifestyle Way, on Friday, May 11. The retailer will hold a ribbon cutting at 9:30 a.m. “We are thrilled to open a new Burlington in the Chattanooga community, bringing even more jobs to the neighborhood and providing local residents with a valued shopping experience,” said Tom Kingsbury, ... (click for more)

McCallie Coach From 90s Who Is Now Deceased Is Accused Of Abusing Students

A McCallie School coach from the 1990s who is now deceased is being accused of abusing students at the private prep school. Two former students said Steven Lee "Steve" Carpenter sexually abused them. Carpenter was the basketball coach at McCallie for 11 seasons - through 1999. He was boys basketball coach at Ridgeland High School beginning in 2000. Carpenter was ... (click for more)

Famed Radio Broadcaster Tommy Jett Dies At 77 At His Flintstone Home

Legendary radio broadcaster Tommy Jett (Thomas Wayne Reynolds) died Wednesday in his sleep at his residence in Flintstone, Ga.   He was 77. The native of Smithville, Tn., first was heard on Chattanooga radio in 1961 when he joined WFLI. He was known for his gaudy rings and his "Hey Now" greeting. He switched to country on WDOD in the 1980s and later was on "The Legend" ... (click for more)

Pluses And Minuses Of Tennessee's New Opioid Law

It was clear when Governor Haslam announced his TN Together plan in January that lawmakers were going to do something to try to address the state’s opioid abuse epidemic. With the passage of SB 2257/HB 1831, Tennessee now has one of the most comprehensive and restrictive laws of any state.   The Tennessee Medical Association was actively engaged in the process and appreciates ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘We’ll Lose The Senate!’

A guy who I admire and respect wrote me yesterday. He had just read my story defending Bob Corker for honoring “The Code” due to his true friendship with Phil Bredesen. He is also no stranger to my vivid dislike of the Republican choice to replace Corker in the Senate. Marsha Blackburn is no match against Bredesen on any tier and it is clearly the Republican Party itself that has ... (click for more)