The community to celebrate with a virtual public launch on September 17
The city of East Ridge on the Tennessee/Georgia state line, has joined 15 other communities across the tri-state region in the Thriving Communities creative placemaking network, facilitated by Thrive Regional Partnership.
The community of East Ridge is invited to join the journey, beginning with a virtual public launch and engaging asset mapping activity to kickstart the program. The virtual event is scheduled for September 17 at 7:00 PM Eastern via Zoom. Register in advance by clicking on the link below: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZArfuupqDMjG9He7-uy4AcAuY6F-aJi2fku
Thriving Communities is a community accelerator program designed to enhance leadership and community development throughout the greater Chattanooga region through creative placemaking. Participating volunteer teams learn strategies to leverage their local arts and cultural assets to spark economic vibrancy and growth from within their communities.
East Ridge’s location (pop. 21,024) at the convergence of two major interstates on two state lines, is economically attractive. In the hotspot
of greater Chattanooga’s growing metropolitan area, East Ridge has recently seen the addition of widely recognized recreation and dining businesses, a newly introduced city soccer team, and major infrastructure projects underway. With accelerated growth comes a locally-driven desire to ensure the authentic character of a community- its sense of place- is preserved for residents and visitors alike.
The local Thriving Communities steering committee members include Mayor Brian Williams of East Ridge; Debbie and Danny Lance of East Ridge Creative Arts; Justin Robinson of State Farm; Mary Chastain of Heritage Financial Planning; artist Michelle Jackson; and Dick Cook of East Ridge News Online.
“Over just the past year, East Ridge has seen a lot of new development activity,” said Bridgett Massengill, President/CEO of Thrive Regional Partnership. “We look forward to supporting the city’s residents, business owners, and artists in this grassroots process to identify what makes their community special and lay a foundation for inspired growth that reflects the heart and soul of East Ridge.”
Thrive Regional Partnership inspires responsible growth through conversation, connection, and collaboration across the tri-state greater Chattanooga region. To learn more visit www.thriveregionalpartnership.org.