The Last Word: What is Chattanooga 2.0?

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

Vision:

A community that ensures that all residents have meaningful opportunities to succeed in school, work, and lifeCall to action regarding the economic and moral imperative for change

Diverse coalition from across Hamilton County, including educators, parents, students, government, business, non-profit, philanthropic, civic and faith leaders

Community aspirations, and associated measures, for learning and life outcomes

Bold strategies for realizing these aspirations across early childhood, K-12, post-secondary education and workforce development

Actions and resources linked to these strategies

A sustained long-term effort, where the coalition supports and tracks Hamilton County’s progress over time

Implemented by partners across the entire community in the spirit of the “Chattanooga Way,” building on Chattanooga 1.0’s legacy of place-based economic revitalization

Chatt 2.0 is a multi-year journey.

How does the Chamber play a role?

The Chamber leads this workgroup focused on understanding how Chattanooga’s future-ready employees should be equipped. Our post-secondary education partners are active participants ready to shape educational programs to meet this demand.


Understand the current state
Approach: Extensive data gathering supported by external research to document the current state and the imperative for change

Result: Report on “A Bold Vision for our Future Workforce” & build awareness about current challenges and opportunities

July-December 2015


Define strategies & build movement
Approach: 100-day strategic planning effort incorporating broad community consensus around key priorities

Result: 3-5 recommended bold strategies for each step along education spectrum (Early childhood, K-12, Post-secondary) & prioritized strategies and high level implementation timing

March-June 2016


Mobilize our resources
Approach: Stand up implementation support structure, share proposed strategies with community members & initiative owners prepare more detailed plans translating strategies into action

Result: Defined ongoing governance structure to oversee Chatt 2.0 implementation & action plans linked with strategies including key milestones, owners, timing, and impact

June-August 2016


Implement & sustain changes
Approach: Establish steering committee to track key milestones vs. targets

Result: Changes implemented through coordinated efforts of key partners responsible for each initiative (to include quick wins and longer-term initiatives & assessment of implementation and outcomes vs. targeted objectives

July 2016-ongoing

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