CALEB - Chattanooga in Action for Love, Equality, and Benevolence - is a new organization whose first initiative seeks to create a community alternative to traditional bail bonds, an antiquated system that is one of the most inequitable aspects of our justice system.
Our third re-release episode features another conversation with Christian Rushing, this one on urban design. The episode is a good introduction the history of urban design in contemporary Chattanooga. But more importantly Christian discusses how the shape of our city is a reflection of our own values as a community.
Our annual re-release of one of our favorite interviews with Christian Rushing who passed away two years ago on February 1, 2017. Christian is a radiant person whose joy is infectious and whose wisdom should not be forgotten.
Mark McKnight is the Executive Director of Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center. In this second half of our conversation we discuss the fight to save the endangered Red Wolf and the future of Reflection Riding's innovative efforts to promote conservation and ecology in Chattanooga.
Mark McKnight is the Executive Director of Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center. In this first half of our conversation we discuss Mark's transition from leading one of Chattanooga's most exciting startups to leading one of our community's oldest nature conservatories as well as the creation and history of Reflection Riding.
Troy Rogers is the Public Safety Coordinator for the city of Chattanooga. Troy strives everyday to help those in our city struggling to get out of a cycle of violence and poverty, all of whom are victims in one way or another.
Two years ago we launched the podcast with an episode introducing you to Chattanooga 2.0. Now we circle back with Chatt 2.0's Jared Bigham to learn how we have progressed in making Chattanooga the smartest community in the south!
Bike To Work Day 2018 was on May 18th and GreenTrips Chattanooga hosted a panel discussion that our host, Matt Busby, had the pleasure to moderate. Our panelists include Mayor Andy Berke, Councilman Erskine Oglesby, Director of Community Development Donna Williams, and MLK Neighborhood Association Board Member Chris Lykins.
Back in March, the Enterprise Center unveiled the next phase of Chattanooga's Innovation District with a Framework Plan. The plan is more than just a framework for development, it also reveals the values of the district and the strategies to take the ID to the next level. We are joined by the Enterprise Center's Mary Stargel, Director of Programs, and Toyin Lanade, Marketing & Communications Director.
The Chattanooga Design Studio believes that we can make Chattanooga a great place to live for everyone through excellent urban design. In this conversation I am joined by the Studio's Eric Myers, Lindsey Willke, and Sally Morrow. In the first half of our conversation we discuss what urban design is and its importance for creating thriving communities. We also discuss a range of their work, both past and present. The second episode, to be released next week, focuses on their recently released framework plan for the South Broad District.
Sam Wolfe is the Homeless Program Coordinator for the city of Chattanooga. In this episode we discuss the state of homelessness in our city, the dignity of all our citizens, and introduce a new initiative to serve the most vulnerable in our community.
Public Art Chattanooga has been responsible for some of the largest and most beautiful projects in our city over the past few years. Katelyn Kirnie is the Director of Public Art Chattanooga and in this episode shares some of the exciting projects coming up in the next few weeks and also announce Art Burst, Chattanooga's city wide explosion of color in April.
The APEX Project is the latest initiative of Unifi-Ed that seeks to engage the community and pull everyone into the conversation on public education. Over the past six months they have been engaging and listening to the community and the result is the APEX Policy Platform, a synthesis of the ten most popular solutions to improve our community and our public education system. Joining us to discuss the results of the APEX Project are Unifi-Ed’s Alexa LeBeouf and Ashley Conrad as well as APEX steering committee members Samantha Boucher and Cary Garrett.
Metro Ideas Project is a local policy think tank that is focused on the challenges of mid-sized cities. Their Executive Director, Joda Thongnopnua, joins us to discuss their latest research project exploring the challenges that communities face when dealing with predatory lenders.
Today's episode is a rerelease of one of our first episodes with Christian Rushing, one of the most radiant individuals I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. Christian passed away a year ago today, February 1, 2017, and today's rerelease is to honor a man whose life, joy, and wisdom we should never forget.
A public library has always been an important resource for a community. But how do libraries respond when the world around them changes? In today's episode we talk with Chattanooga Public Library's Mary Barnett and explore how our public library is a progressive, responsive institution ready to serve our community in the 21st century!
Entrepreneurship is certainly a term associated with Chattanooga and even a common theme on this podcast. In our interview today guest Kevin Cherrick helps de-mystify entrepreneurship and, being a newcomer to Chattanooga, gives an outsider's perspective on the unique attributes of Chattanooga that make it such a great place for entrepreneurship.
Whiteboard is a digital agency focused on working with purposeful companies and is Chattanooga's only B-Corporation certified company. In this episode we are joined by Whiteboard founders Taylor Jones & Eric Brown to discuss the significance of the certification, the purpose of business, and the ethics of operating a company in our digital 21st century. Lauri Moyle, creator of Thankful Gleaner, focuses on helping businesses connect with their ethical core and joins this episode as a co-host. PART 2 OF 2
Whiteboard is a digital agency focused on working with purposeful companies and is Chattanooga's only B-Corporation certified company. In this episode we are joined by Whiteboard founders Taylor Jones & Eric Brown to discuss the significance of the certification, the purpose of business, and the ethics of operating a company in our digital 21st century. Lauri Moyle, creator of Thankful Gleaner, focuses on helping businesses connect with their ethical core and joins this episode as a co-host. PART 1 OF 2
What is the end of innovation? Why do we even innovate to begin with and how will we know if we are successful in such an endeavor? Dr. Greg Thompson seeks to pull our imaginations to the deeper questions of why innovation will matter for our communities in the 21st century.
In this episode we have the privilege of introducing you to new Chattanooga Police Chief David Roddy. In many ways this conversation is a continuation of my conversation with his predecessor, former Chief Fred Fletcher. We discuss the process of looking for a new Chief, the department's work to recruit a more diverse force, and continue the conversation on community policing in Chattanooga.
Marcus Shaw is the new Executive Director of The Company Lab, or as it is more commonly known, the Co Lab. The Co Lab has been at the center of Chattanooga entrepreneurial ecosystem for years now and in this episode we learn more about the role they play within our community. Along the way we get to know new leader Marcus Shaw, discuss the importance of diversity for innovation, and the vision of Co Lab moving forward as it continues to grow alongside Chattanooga's innovation economy.
Ed Johnson was the last African American man to be lynched on Walnut Street bridge in 1906. His story is a tragedy and one of the darkest moments in Chattanooga's history. Today, a group of citizens are working to honor his legacy and remember his story by creating a memorial at the south end of the bridge with the hope that it will bring conversation and reconciliation in our community. My guests, Eleanor McCallie Cooper and LaFrederick Thirkill, are two of the committee members working to bring this memorial to life.
Dr. Bryan Johnson is the new Superintendent of Hamilton County Schools. In this episode we discuss the challenges and opportunities of one of our most critical public institutions and by the end of the conversation it is clear that Dr. Johnson is a leader ready to go to work for the teachers, families, and children of Hamilton County.
The Levitt Amp Concert Series is coming to Chattanooga this fall! The series will begin on August 24th and take place every Thursday through October on the Bessie Smith Lawn. My guest, Shane Morrow, shares the vision behind bringing this series to Chattanooga as well as preview the diverse line up.
While we have talked about Glass House Collective events on the podcast before, we have never really heard their story. In this episode we sit down with Executive Director Teal Thibaud about how it all began and the important lessons on community development that they have learned along the way.
"How can we use creativity to increase civic engagement?" That is the latest Causeway Challenge question! In this episode we sit down with Causeway's Abby Garrison to discuss this challenge as well as their previous challenges and the impact they have had on our community.
Our final episode in this special series introducing you to Chattanooga's newly elected City Council members features District 7's Erskine Oglesby. Councilman Oglesby has an extensive professional background across multiple sectors but, in the end, service is the virtuous thread that ties it all together and led him to run for Chattanooga’s City Council.
In this episode we introduce you to local education organization UnifiEd and continue the conversation on the (lack of) funding for our Hamilton County Department of Education. Our guests include UnifiEd's Executive Director Jonas Barriere and Communications Director Natalie Cook.
Part three of our series introducing you to Chattanooga's newly elected city council members features District 8's Anthony Byrd. In this episode Anthony shares his experience growing up in east Chattanooga, singing in a boy band with Usher, the influence of his parents in shaping the person he has become, and the incredible diversity of The Amazing 8!
Our series interviewing Chattanooga's new City Council members continues with District 9's Demetrus Coonrod. Councilwoman Coonrod tells her story from poverty to prison to now one of our city's most exciting public officials!
Last week Hamilton County Department of Education School Board passed a budget to send on to the Hamilton County Commission, but they did so along with a significant request. In this interview with the School Board's Finance Chairwoman Tiffanie Robinson we break down that request as well as discuss a couple other initiatives that will hopefully help move public education forward in Hamilton County.
Kristen Pavlik McCallie is the interim Director of the Children's Advocacy Center of Hamilton County, a non-profit organization housed in the new Family Justice Center that serves and protects some of our community's most vulnerable - children who have suffered abuse.
What does it mean to build a music economy? This two part podcast focuses on answering that question with Chattanooga Visitor's Bureau's Mary Howard Ade & Candace Davis and SoundCorps' Stratton Tingle.
The Songbirds Guitar Museum is the most exclusive collection of private guitars in the world. And it is right here in Chattanooga. Johnny Smith, the museums President & CEO, comes by to discuss Chattanooga's newest cultural and entertainment centerpiece.
Kelly McCarthy is the Program Director of Tech Goes Home Chattanooga, an organization on a mission to bridge the digital divide and equip people in our community with digital literacy skills necessary for the 21st century.
Dialogues Chattanooga is asking the big questions about the future of Chattanooga. In this episode we sit down with local documentary creator Robert Winslow to explore these questions and the series he has created to explore them.
The second half of our live event, The Legacy of the Big Nine, featuring City Councilman Moses Freeman, Bessie Smith Cultural Center's Dionne Jennings, Jazzanooga's Shane Morrow, and local writer Charlie Moss.
The Legacy of the Big Nine was our first live podcast event recorded on February 20th. This first half of the event discusses the establishment and growth of the Big Nine up to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s & 60s. Our guests for the panel included City Councilman Moses Freeman, Bessie Smith Cultural Center's Dionne Jennings, Jazzanooga's Shane Morrow, & writer Charlie Moss.
Purposity is a new, innovative organization seeking to connect you to the needs of children and others in our community in the simplest way possible. In this episode we are joined by founder Blake Canterbury and Whiteboard's Eric Brown.
Combining experiences in both the private and public sector, Andrew Kean's perspective on citizenship and local economy has led him, and a trio of friends, to create a new type of investment firm, Alderman Holdings, focused on investing in existing local small businesses.
In December Congress passed the End Modern Slavery Initiative, an enormous step in the fight to end modern slavery around the world. The initiative's author and primary champion was our very own U.S. Senator Bob Corker.
Coming to America is a storytelling collective comprised of Chattanooga's refugee and immigrant communities. In this episode we are joined by three of the founders who share the story and vision of this new collective bringing Chattanooga together around stories.
The J.A. Henry Community YMCA is a unique, decentralized YMCA branch located in nearly every neighborhood in Chattanooga. Learn more in about how this branch is receiving national recognition in this interview with Executive Director Bill Rush.
The second half of our conversation with Bridgett Massengill on THRIVE 2055 focuses on the four initiatives that came out of their community surveys: Economic Development, Education, Transportation, & Natural Treasures.
The River City Company is an advocate for a healthy and vibrant downtown Chattanooga. In this episode, we talk with River City Company President & CEO, Kim White, about their role and history in our city.
The Blue Trees are a new art installation throughout Chattanooga created by artist Konstantin Dimopoulos. In this episode we talk with Konstantin and Public Art Chattanooga's Katelyn Kirnie about Blue Trees, conservation, and the significance of public art.
James McKissic is the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs for the City of Chattanooga. The office was created to cultivate an environment of understanding, respect and equality of rights for the diverse cultural populations of Chattanooga.
The second half of our conversation with Causeway Executive Director Abby Garrison focused on their unique programming that empowers the community to solve challenges and make Chattanooga a better city.
The first half of our conversation with Abby Garrison about one of the most interesting and progressive non-profits in Chattanooga: Causeway. This episode focuses on the story and vision of Causeway. Thursday's episode will examine the programming and specifically the Causeway Challenge.
Teacherpreneur is a program to empower teachers to solve the biggest challenges they face in their classrooms and schools. In today's podcast we learn more about the program from Public Education Foundation's Geoff Millener & this year's Teacherpreneur pitch night winner, Kelsey Huynh.
How do we bring life back into the forgotten spaces of our urban landscape? In this episode we preview the Passageways project created by River City Company and AIA Tennessee to transform our alleyways into public spaces.
Ask Christian Rushing how he is doing and I can promise you he will say "Living the dream"! Despite having a terminal diagnosis, Christian is one of the most radiant people you will ever have the pleasure to meet. Join us for a conversation on life, family, and living with the reality of cancer.
Education is an important topic for Chattanooga & Hamilton County. Our first episode explores Chattanooga 2.0, a reform movement that has been surveying our cradle-to-career education landscape since the beginning of 2016.