Three local cities have been chosen by Thrive 2055 to take part in its Thriving Communities program, which seeks to use arts and culture to drive economic growth.
Chatsworth, Cohutta and Dalton — along with Rossville, Ducktown, Ala., and Cleveland, Ducktown and South Pittsburg in Tennessee — were chosen for the program.
“We are thrilled at the overwhelming response received by communities interested in leveraging their arts and culture for heightened prosperity,” said Bridgett Massengill, executive director of Thrive 2055 in a press release. “The participants see this as a way to learn what resources are available and collaborate with neighboring towns across the region with successful projects and a common love for their communities and the arts.”
Thrive 2055 brings together government officials, business leaders and officials with nonprofit agencies in Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama to plan for the future of the greater Chattanooga region.
Each community will form a group of citizens to take part in a three-month course to create economic development strategies utilizing their arts and culture assets. Each community will be eligible to receive up to $20,000 from the Lyndhurst Foundation to implement a project identified through the course.
The eight communities were chosen through a competitive process by community ...