Four Communities from the Tristate Region to Participate in Creative Placemaking Program
Chattanooga, Tennessee - December 11, 2017 - The Thrive Regional Partnership and the Lyndhurst Foundation are pleased to announce the four participating communities in round two of the Thriving Communities Initiative. The program combines design-thinking and creative placemaking principles, and will launch in January, 2018. The selected volunteer teams from Athens, Decatur, and Whitwell, Tennessee, and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia were announced at the Thrive Regional Partnership's annual celebration luncheon on Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The 10-month program, facilitated by local Chattanooga firm Bridge Innovate, will introduce a design thinking process for these teams to develop economic growth strategies that utilize and build upon their local arts and culture assets. Upon successful completion of the course, each participating community will be eligible to receive up to $20,000 in funding from the Lyndhurst Foundation to implement a tangible arts and culture project identified through the course.
Whitwell is located in Marion County, Tennessee, approximately 24 miles northwest of Chattanooga. It is part of the Chattanooga, Tennessee-Georgia Metropolitan Statistical Area. It is situated in the southwestern Sequatchie Valley at the base of the Cumberland Plateau. The Sequatchie River passes just east of the city, and forms a portion of its southern boundary.
The city became renowned for the Paper Clips Project, a Holocaust memorial and educational project, which was carried out by children of the local middle school starting in 1998. A subsequent documentary was made about the children's achievement. This project started because students at the local middle school wanted to visually grasp how much six million was.
"Gorgeous scenery, access to a variety of outdoor activities, clean air, low taxes, progressive planning, and compassionate people make it a privilege to live in Whitwell and serve on the commission."Linda Hooper - Whitwell Mayor
"Do it today or regret it tomorrow."Jim Nunley - Vice Mayor
"Whitwell is centrally located in the Sequatchie Valley and provides a great opportunity to enjoy all the attractions the city has to offer while also being a short drive to Foster and Ruby Falls, Rock City and the night life of Chattanooga."Todd Mistrot - City Manager