In 2020, we reached an important five-year milestone and launched a strategic planning process to hone and accelerate our next phase of work. Through a results-based process and sourcing broad stakeholder feedback, we re-evaluated our vision, mission, and goals. We sought to validate and clarify the key strategies that we believe are necessary to reach our goals from cradle to career. As a result, five updated bold goals and eight updated key strategies have been put forth by the Chattanooga 2.0 coalition for the next decade of work in Chattanooga-Hamilton County.


Chattanooga-Hamilton County enjoys a thriving and inclusive economy, where social and economic mobility is achievable because children, students, and families are equipped with the resources and supports needed to reach their full potential, cradle to career


To drive collaboration, measurement, and alignment of policy and practice to ensure all children and youth receive a quality education and career opportunities that help them realize their full potential

Collective impact

No one organization can do it alone. We are committed to working as an alliance for combined action to generate shared accountability for student and community outcomes.

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Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity

We embrace anti-racist, culturally competent, and inclusive strategies. We lead with equity. Every time.

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Continuous Learning

We learn from data, research, and community voice to improve our work. We fail fast and adapt.

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2030 GOALS:

What is a Thriving Wage?

Chattanooga 2.0 defines a Thriving Wage as the annual income needed for a single 18 to 25 year-old to live and contribute to a thriving economy in our county and is currently calculated at $32,000 or more annually.


United Way of Tennessee’s ALICE surviving wage +

savings and extra spending as a percentage of salary +

a realistic housing and utilities adjustment

As the rates of college-and-career readiness and postsecondary attainment increase, so too should the share of young adults earning a Thriving Wage in our community.

Theory of Action

The work of Chattanooga 2.0 is about impact — permanently changing the odds for children, students, and families in our community. This is how we get there.

2021-2030 Strategies

The new Chattanooga 2.0 strategic plan identifies eight strategies as key levers for change along the cradle-to-career continuum that we will work with partners to implement over the next 10 years.


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