Chattanooga lures geeks with cash

Chattanooga, the one-time industrial behemoth 120 miles north of Atlanta, is trying to become the geek capital of the Deep South.

A nonprofit is offering $11,250 in housing assistance to lure software engineers and other techies to town. There’s a catch, though: the new Chattanoogans must live in a revitalizing downtown neighborhood.

Chattanooga is already home to the nation’s fastest Internet service. City fathers also tout the region’s hiking, biking and hang-gliding amenities. Now, via the so-called GeekMove program, they want to create a cadre of smart and savvy technologists to help build a new economy along the banks of the Tennessee River.

Cities typically offer cash and tax breaks to companies that relocate. Chattanooga is going a step further by recruiting people with money.

Print and digital subscribers to the AJC have access to the full story.

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

X