New2Chatt relaunches as New Chattanooga

Congratulations to us.  We’ve now officially relaunched as New Chattanooga.  We hope to take our site to new levels and this relaunch is just the beginning.

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New Chattanooga adds new Pinterest Board

New Chattanooga PinterestChattanooga is brilliantly deep in its points of interest and areas of achievement.  Under the old New2Chatt regime we latched on to the potential of Pinterest to help us tell the story of this city.  We’re proud to say that we are rededicating ourselves to that effort under the New Chattanooga name.  With that in mind we have launched a new Pinterest board, Chattanooga street art.  The aim is to showcase the varied art on public display around our fair city.  The images themselves will be housed on thegreengroup’s Flickr site.

In addition, we’ve rebranded the progressive Chattanooga Pinterest board which will henceforth be called progressive / entrepreneurial Chattanooga.  Enjoy.

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Gig Tank Summer

Gig TankA few days ago I was invited to take part in one of Chattanooga’s premier world-stage events, Gig Tank.  But more to the point, I was brought into the Gig Tank mixer whereby the idea groups get teamed up with the talent to help them push their concepts over the top.  Throughout the Summer, teams from the U.S. and abroad are competing to design and demo the best use of our gigabit capacity internet.

We Chattanoogans are the test subjects and we will be the first to reap the benefits of what promises to be some boundary-pushing developments, months or even years ahead of the rest of the country, not to mention the world.

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New2Chatt sunsetting in favor of New Chattanooga

All great things come to an end, or in this case, sunset. And so it is with New2Chatt. Starting this weekend, please find us at our new address, Thanks for your great support and see you there.

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Lessons Learned available for discussion

CoffeeConnect punch cardAfter months of meeting with people from all over Chattanooga, talking, laughing, caffeinating, I’ve developed a canon of understanding, my “rules of Chattanooga” so to speak.  To learn more go to Lessons Learned.

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Donyale at Rembrandt’s

Donyale at Rembrandt'sWhen you sit down with Donyale, you’re going to have a wide-ranging discussion on interesting topics far and wide.  And when you add sitting outside on a sunny Spring day plus a cup of Rembrandt’s coffee, just relax and enjoy the ride.  Here’s some highlights.

Besides being Chattanooga’s top notch PBS station, WTCI‘s facility is a notable art gallery of local talent and deserves a visit in and of itself.

Chattanooga sits on a theatrical crossroads.  We could have professional, high caliber theater in this town.  We have the talent in our area but professionals are forced to commute to Atlanta to make a living.  We have new, edgier theater movements popping up like Theater for the New South.  Now’s our time.

Like Adera, Donyale is a big supporter of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County where she serves on the board and is super passionate about local children’s issues.  As such she is involved with the Muse of Fire Project, an after school project where children spend ten weeks writing and developing their own plays then perform them for the public.  Brilliant stuff.

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Adera Talks Children

AderaWe met with Adera at the Hunter Museum of American Art and the conversation quickly turned to children.  Besides her brilliant work with art education for the children of our city she is a passionate proponent for the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hamilton County.  The CACHC is a selfless organization dedicated to helping the most vulnerable through prevention, education, and intervention.

We also talked about introducing children to the world of art.  Chattanooga is very fortunate to have a world-class art museum that strives to help children appreciate what art can bring to their lives.  She highly recommended the museum’s children’s classes and summer camps.  Learn more here.

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Talking progressive with the CFGC

PeteIf you want to peer into the progressive future of Chattanooga, talk to Pete at the Community Fund of Greater Chattanooga.  The only thing is, that future is already taking shape as we speak.  Whether it’s the GigCity competition, the use of WiFi to help police fight crime, the Sim Center at UTC, or Chattanooga’s position in the WWW3 rollout, he will know who to talk to and what the status is.  He’s also a big Chatt supporter, having witnessed the rise of our city from dirty to world stage.

What Pete likes about Chattanooga is that it is positioned for the future.  We will continue to draw in major companies like Amazon and Volkswagen because we have the culture, the networks, the ethos, and the agile technology to make those groups succeed and their workers feel welcome.

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Socializing with Ryan from Full Media

Ryan at CadenceI just seem to be on a roll, a long string of CoffeeConnects with really great Chattanoogans.  Ryan from FullMedia is definitely one of the good ones.  He has a wide interest arena but we spent the hour plus talking shop about internet marketing, a fascination of mine.

At times, the Chattanooga internet milieu has seemed a bit nebulous to me.  So it was refreshing to discuss FullMedia and its clear vision with Ryan.  Servanthood quickly came to the fore and the desire to work with local mid-size companies, churches, and non-profits in an open, honest, and ethical manner.  We talked about online reputation management and focus on service.  Very impressive.  The great thing is that he is the first step for anyone wanting to work with FullMedia so whether you are long-established or New2Chatt, Ryan Naegele is the one to contact.

As a bonus to me, we brainstormed one idea about CoffeeConnect.  I mentioned, as a past assistant to an epidemiologist, that I was mentally mining the data coming in about the people who accept and ultimately follow through on meeting with me.  How the locus was shifting across town and across socio-economic strata.  He suggested that I map that out for greater clarity.  Brilliant idea.  I plan on working on that in the coming weeks.  Thanks Ryan.

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The Pulse takes notice of CoffeeConnect

The PulseAs the CoffeeConnect idea continues to build word-of-mouth, viral momentum, we are proud to announce that the Pulse has now officially recognized us with a story in their bowl section, Discovering Chatt, one cup at a time.  So you really do have your finger on the pulse of Chattanooga.  Well done and thanks.


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