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New York Times Highlights Chattanooga for 2x in Nine Months

With Chattanooga’s desirable location equidistant between Nashville, Atlanta, and Knoxville, Gig City has gotten “passing through” traffic for decades. But with accolades rolling in and Chattanooga pulling in global businesses, it is no longer merely a pit stop, but a destination.

For the second time in less than a year,  The New York Times has featured the growth, strengths, and quality of life in Chattanooga. This week, a Times reporter spent 36 hours enjoying the recreation, food scenes, and natural beauty the Scenic City has to offer. Last August, Chattanooga dominated the front page of the Times in an article about the strength of the “Dynamo of Dixie” in attracting international corporations like Volkswagen, Southeast Mahindra, and Wacker.

“As the leader of a Top 1% Chattanooga real estate team, it has been a privilege to ‘sell’ this great city for 30 years. As a lifelong Chattanooga with four generations of my family here, it’s gratifying for the world to see what I’ve known all along…there’s no place like Chattanooga. There’s no place like home!” says Todd Henon

Originally published in The New York Times on May 24, 2018

By Colleen Creamer

“Nestled against the Tennessee River in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Chattanooga, Tenn., has transformed itself in recent decades from an unassuming town to a hyper clean, high-tech (“Gig City” was the first in the United States to offer gigabit internet speeds), outdoorsy family destination that offers hiking trails, rock climbing, museums, one of the finest educational aquariums in the world, and innumerable food and entertainment venues.

Families can share experiences that lean more toward kayaking and mountain biking than meeting Mickey or riding Space Mountain, though the region has a number of its own natural rides (white-water rafting on the nearby Ocoee River, for example, and Lookout Mountain Hang Gliding school is just 20 minutes away). The region “where cotton meets corn” is evident in Chattanooga’s straddling of two cultures: the mountain communities of Southern Appalachia to the north and the cotton-growing states to the south. Nearly geeky in its optimism — and all the better for it — Chattanooga is a breath of fresh air.”

Read the full New York Times article.

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