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Paid Incentives To Relocate - Tech Savvy Chattanooga TN

Updated on February 26, 2015
Two frogs from the Chattanooga Tennessee River Aquarium. The aquarium is full of wildlife to enjoy.
Two frogs from the Chattanooga Tennessee River Aquarium. The aquarium is full of wildlife to enjoy. | Source

Incentives to Move to Chattanooga: "Geek Move"

The City of Chattanooga is anxious to increase its population and workforce by attracting individuals trained to work in various technologies.

With the help of the Lyndhurst Foundation, Chattanooga revitalized eight neighborhoods to accept new residents and businesses in addition to new small and large businesses that have made the city their home already and plan expansion.

For instance, Volkswagen invested $1 Billion in order to open a new plant in town to become their North American Manufacturing Headquarters. New businesses need additional technologists and technicians in the 2010s.

City leaders offered incentives to 10 finalists in an application process that had only 30 applicants in October 2012. The winner's package was $11,230 toward a new mortgage in town and another mortgage of $10,000 to help relocating professionals to dispose of houses or condominiums that they may own elsewhere.

Neighborhoods developed for accepting emigrating techies are historic districts. Plenty of attractions will keep new residents healthy, stimulated, and entertained.

This is all part of the program called Geek Move and foundation infrastructure includes a new gigabit fiber network that offers super speedy connections. Related projects should be upcoming to attract additional growth.

Revitalized Glenwoood, Bushtown, MLK, Orchard Knob

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Revitalized Neighboorhoods

In addition to several condominium projects completed in Downtown Chattanooga near the Tennessee Riverwalk, eight other neighborhoods are waiting for professionals to move in:

  • Bushtown
  • Ferger Place
  • Glenwood
  • Highland Park
  • Martin Luther King
  • Orchard Knob
  • Southside & Cowart Place
  • Southside Historic District - Jefferson Heights and Ft. Negley.

Southside, Highland Park, Ferger Place

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Top Attractions In Greater Chattanooga

  • National Medal of Honor Museum, Chattanooga, TN

    This is an important installation for remembering our US military veterans. Visitors are presented with Official Facts about the Medal of Honor and teachers and home-school parents can pick up lesson plans. Stories from our nation's veterans are available as well, but some of the vets speak on patriotic holidays at the museum. The associated cemetery, battle sites, and museums are must-see places. Home schoolers can learn Civil War history right here.

Lookout Mountain, Battle of Chattanooga/The American Civil War

Lookout Mountain overlooks Chattanooga and is a historic visitor's attraction.
Lookout Mountain overlooks Chattanooga and is a historic visitor's attraction. | Source
  • Prentice Cooper State Forest - See the Tennessee River Gorge, just 10 miles west of Chattanooga. Endangered plants and wildlife may be viewed in the park. Camping and a shooting range are available. Autumn Hunting dates are posted in the website.
  • Ruby Falls ZIPstream - The ZIPStream is located in the Ruby Falls Park and Caverns area and is a challenging and fun zip line activity.
  • Rock City - While traveling the Southeastern USA, you may see billboards and barn signs that declare "See Rock City!" This is it.
  • Theatre Centre- Community theater for all ages, with classes and a new production each year.

Visit the Railroad Museum

Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum The Chattanooga Choo Choo of classic Swing Era song is a rail line and train associated with the Tennessee Valley and Georgia Railroads. Visitors from both states have a stake in its history. For historic accommodations along a railroading theme, visit:

Glenn Miller Orchestra, The Nicholas Brothers, & Dorothy Dandridge

Chattanooga Choo Choo Locomotive

Located at Terminal Station, Chattanooga
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WWII Song Hit

The famous swing song was written by Harry Warren in music and Mack Gordon in lyrics for a big band number features in the WWII Era film called Sun Valley Serenade. It was performed by the popular Glenn Miller and His Orchestra.

On December 7, 1941 (the day of the Pearl Harbor Attack) the song reached Number One on the Billboard Best Sellers Chart for nine weeks. It won RCA's first Gold Record for a million copies sold by 1942.

Chattanooga Choo Choo - NW Georgia Railroads

19th Century: The Passage To the Trail Of Tears

Ross's Landing
Downtown Chattanooga
Chattanooga TN 37402

Phone: (423) 757-5196

Many people may think that the Trail of Tears began in North Carolina, a major location of the Cherokee Nation at the start of the Indian Removals. However, Ross's Landing in Chattanooga is the historic pedestrian link between revitalized Downtown Chattanooga and the Tennessee River.

The Passage commemorates the starting point of the infamous Trail of Tears, which took the Cherokee Nation and their Black adoptees to Oklahoma on foot during the coldest winter of the 19th Century. At least 4000 Cherokee individuals and many adopted Black members died on the trail fro the cold, hunger, and sickness. The Passage is a permanent outdoor exhibit that honors those people, furnished with installations that recognize all seven clans of Cherokee Nation.

The Passage at Ross's Landing features the Weeping Wall to remember the many anguished tears shed on the trail. Seven man-sized disks located at the venue contain the history of Cherokee Nation and its centuries of life in the Tennessee area. Seven 14-foot tall stainless steel sculptures of traditional Cherokee stickball players are being set up to face the Tennessee River as well.

The Passage: Cherokee Nation

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The Tennessee Riverwalk on the above map contains Ross's Landing and The Passage. It encompasses a length of 13 miles of paved paths that run along the scenic Tennessee River from the Chickamauga Dam past Chattanooga Community College, past various landmarks and businesses to Downtown Chattanooga.

The trail is decorated with stainless steel sculptures to view.. Several other parks are located across the river on the other side of the Jon Ross Bridge (Route 8); and the Walnut Street Bridge, a National Historic Place, is located just east of Route 8.

To the northwest of The Passage is the Williams Island Archaeology Site, where Archaeologists have studied a Mississippian-era Native American village from around 1600 AD. There is also a working farm on the island, owned by the state government.The island is located at the entrance to the Tennessee River Gorge, with many cruises available on the river.

Famous Brands With Headquarters in Chattanooga

  • ALTOIDS - The Curiously Strong Mint by Wrigley's, a part of Mars, Incorporated (candies). Phone 1-800-WRIGLEY.
  • - Major distribution center, larger than 17 football fields and ready to expand by 11 more. Warehouse at 7200 Discovery Drive, 37421 Chattanooga TN.
  • Blue Cross/Blue Shied of Tennessee - Insurance.
  • Coca-Cola - The first bottling plant is located here.
  • Covenant Transport - Large trucking company.
  • Double Cola - Also a good cola product. Located at 537 Market Street, Suite 100 Chattanooga, Tennessee 37402
  • Life Care Centers of America - Elder care and nursing homes.
  • Little Debbie Snack Cakes - McKee Foods at 1001 Airport Road #403; Chattanooga TN.
  • Pilgrim's Pride - Chicken processing.
  • UNUM - Largest disability insurance company in the world.
  • Volkswagen - North American manufacturing headquarters. Visit 7351 Volkswagen Drive, Chattanooga TN or call (423) 894-7311 for job and career information.

Local Job Market: Jobs Doubled 2012 - 2015


  • 02/26/2015: 16,300+ Jobs advertised
  • 10/07/2012: 8,900 Job listings for Chattanooga.

Highest Demand Jobs:

  1. Dentists, Assistants, Endodontists
  2. Engineers - Nuclear Power, Electrical, IT, Process, Safety, Systems.
  3. Truck Drivers
  4. Insurance Sales Agents, especially life insurance sales.
  5. Technicians and Technologists - various fields.
  6. Registered Nurses (RN licensed)
  7. Sales Representatives
  8. Physical Therapists
  9. Dental Hygienists
  10. Occupational Therapists

Companies Advertising the Most Jobs

  1. Adecco - Engineers and Technicians
  2. Life Care Centers of America
  3. Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, McDonald's - Full-time and part-time
  4. CVS/Pharmacy - Pharmacy Technicians and Customer Service
  5. Memorial Healthcare System
  6. CTG Healthcare - Many IT positions.
  7. Volkswagen
  8. Integrity Staffing
  9. Catholic Health Initiatives
  10. Unum - Disability Insurance
  11. Fastaff Travel Nursing
  12. Schneider National - Trucking
  13. SunAmerica Financial Group
  14. Mollen Immunization Clinics
  15. Medical Staffing Network
  16. Community Health Systems
  17. US Xpress - Trucking
  18. HCA - Healthcare
  19. Ryder - Trucking
  20. USR Healthcare
  21. Lampe Company
  22. Bankers Life and Casualty Company

Chattanooga Chamber Of Commerce Data

The Chamber of Commerce tells us that the following companies are the largest employers, by number of employees, in the city, all easily reached in or near Downtown Chattanooga.

  1. BlueCross and BlueShield of TN - Large Insurance operation with nearly 5,000 workers
  2. Hamilton County Department of Education - About 4,400 employees
  3. Erlanger Health System
  4. Tennessee Valley Authority
  5. McKee Foods Corporation
  6. Memorial Health Care System
  7. Unum - Insurance and Financial Products
  8. City of Chattanooga - City government jobs
  9. CIGNA HealthCare
  10. Pilgrim‘s Pride Corporation
  11. Hamilton County Government
  12. Convergys
  13. Astec Industries
  14. Parkridge Medical Center
  15. Roper Corporation
  16. US Xpress Enterprises Inc.
  17. The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

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    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      I hope the program works, breakfastpop; I would not want to see any more mortgage money wasted in our country! Geek Move sounds more realistic, since there are good STEM and especially tech jobs open in Chattanooga. The people of USA certainly need some positive things happening in employment and I hope this is one of them and only the first of many. Thanks for visiting and I hope you are well!

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      breakfastpop 5 years ago

      This hub is really a public service message. I applaud you for your fine research and the potential it has to help somebody get a new lease on life. Voted up, useful, interesting and awesome.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 5 years ago from USA. Member of Asgardia, the first space nation, since October 2016

      That should be at the "Welcome to Gig City" link. I'll add a couple words there to clarify.

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      Mark G Weller 5 years ago from Lake Charles, LA.

      This is very interesting and useful information. I did not see how/where to apply for the incentives?