What makes a city great?

Chattanooga Downtown

When Susan Stamberg, a reporter for National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” began researching the topic, she found a lot of materials about cities you might expect to make such a list: Amsterdam, London, Chicago, Paris, Chattanooga… Chattanooga? When she asked people about great smaller cities, she said, “Chattanooga just kept coming up.”

With the economic development, natural beauty, recreational opportunities, and cultural offerings that Chattanooga has to offer, it’s no wonder the city’s becoming known as one of the world’s best places to live—and study. And UTC faculty members and students continue to 
be active in the city’s rebirth, spelling opportunity for everyone.

Check out some of the most recent stories about Chattanooga.

Pig out on Moon Pies and Little Debbie Snack Cakes.

Quench your thirst with a Coca Cola. See Rock City. Ride the Incline, the world’s steepest passenger railway. And yes, that is the Chattanooga Choo-Choo.

Of course, you can do all these in Chattanooga—and a whole lot more.

Chattanooga Lookouts

Nestled next to downtown Chattanooga, the UTC campus has perfect access to the thriving business environment necessary to support real world learning experiences. But when class is over, you won’t have far to go to climb, glide, hike, camp, tube, float, explore, shop, eat, kick back and generally have a blast!

The Walnut Street Bridge, the world’s longest pedestrian walkway, is a favorite spot for cycling, jogging, and strolling with friends, and the bridge connects the local art district and the River Walk to Chattanooga’s North Shore, with restaurants, shops, and Coolidge Park. Ride the hand-built carousel, scale the climbing wall, and get soaked in the interactive fountain.

A short drive can take you to some of the best rock climbing, mountain biking, and whitewater rafting in the country. Kayak the Ocoee River where the 1996 Olympic course is still running or—if that’s too difficult—float quietly down the Hiwassee. Hang glide off Lookout Mountain, hike the trails on Signal, or jet ski at Chickamauga Lake.

A full schedule of symphony and opera performances in the restored Tivoli Theater, outdoor concerts at Miller Plaza and Coolidge Park, theater, ballet, art, and festivals are available.

Whatever your interests—from Native American heritage and Civil War history to the glass-spires of the Tennessee Aquarium and the nightlife at Jack’s Alley—you’ll find it in Chattanooga. Check out what’s going on in Chattanooga.

Job Prospects

Market St Bridge

The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce is at the forefront of economic development in the region. A comprehensive study identified the region’s existing industrial and service strengths and has determined several areas of tremendous opportunity. UTC officials have been involved in every step of the process and our faculty are responding with curriculum innovations to ensure UTC graduates are well prepared to enter the emerging career market. Learn more about career opportunities and economic development in Chattanooga and the surrounding region.