Building the Smartest Community in the South

Stay Smart Hamilton

01 History

Helping a Smart City Stay Smart

Schools are closed through the end of the school year and summer programs may not look like they have in the past. As we all learn to carefully navigate forward in this new world, many parents are left to wonder how they can help their children at home, both emotionally and academically. That’s why Chattanooga 2.0 is working with Hamilton County Schools to help families Stay Home, Stay Safe, and STAY SMART.

Click to explore resources to support your family while you Stay Home. Stay Safe. STAY SMART.

02 The City

Hamilton County Fund for Digital Equity & Learning

With schools closed for the rest of the year and social distancing in place for the foreseeable future, there is a clear need for meaningful online learning for ALL students at all age levels in order to mitigate learning loss and prevent achievement gaps from widening further.

03 Jobs

Collective Impact

Chattanooga 2.0 is a community-led movement to write the next chapter in our future by transforming education and workforce opportunities in Hamilton County.

Our Collective Impact Coalition has 2 BOLD GOALS:

  • To double the percentage of graduates from Hamilton County Public Schools who obtain a postsecondary degree or credential with real market value, from 30% to 60% by 2025.
  • To increase the overall percentage of adults in Hamilton County with a college degree or technical training certificate from 38% today to 75% by 2025.

04 The Facts

With so many available jobs, we’re faced with a new charge.
It’s time to prepare our workforce for the years ahead.

Only 38% of Hamilton County residents have some type of postsecondary credential, but 55% of jobs posted by top the 10 employers require some form of postsecondary education.

Four out of ten students in Hamilton county live in poverty, which means there are focused supports needed for academic success.

Over 80% of the jobs paying a living wage ($35,000) in our area will require a postsecondary certificate or degree.

05 Our Data

When we improve in education, economic development is vastly different, allowing us to reach our potential as a city.

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Our goal is to reach 75% postsecondary educational attainment by 2025.

This means in 10 years, three of four of Hamilton County residents will graduate with a certificate, two-year degree, or four-year degree.

06 The Plan

Reaching this goal means commitment at every education level.

  • 100% of students need access to quality Pre-K programming

  • 90% of students will be reading on grade level by the end of 3rd grade

  • 100% of students need to complete career exploration portfolios by 8th grade

  • 1,000 summer jobs and internships for high school students

  • 90% of high school students will enroll in an industry certification or postsecondary program during high school or upon graduation

07 Stories

Every day, we’re seeing progress in the lives of kids across our city, as we take action in tangible ways.

New Report – Priority Areas and Strategies

Now is the time to invest in our people – with education and training – to ensure greater quality of life and opportunity for all – in every neighborhood and every family – as we build a bridge to the jobs of the future in Hamilton County. Read about this and more in our new report – download now.

Check out out latest video as well!


It doesn’t stop there. Visit our stories page, and read more about our new report.

08 Take Action

We want to make a degree or certification the reality for every student in Hamilton County, regardless of their background.

We’ve put Workstreams in place at every education level, to pinpoint actionable ways we can make a difference as a community.