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  • Walker County Continues to Improve High School Graduation Rate9/19/19

    According to figures released this week, LaFayette High had a 4-year graduation rate of 84.9 percent and Ridgeland High had a graduation rate of 91.5 percent. Superintendent Damon Raines said The Walker County system is performing above the state-wide graduation rate of 82-percent.

    Source: WQCH

  • Food City expands LaFayette store in North Georgia9/18/19

    The Food City in LaFayette, Georgia, is marking the completion of an 8,000-square-foot expansion.

    Source: Times Free Press

  • Dalton State Adds Engineering Technology Degree9/10/19

    Dalton State's new engineering technology degree will provide students with both the industrial and mechanical engineering skills needed to fill several industry jobs in Northwest Georgia.

    Source: Dalton State College

  • Volkswagen to unveil newest Chattanooga-built SUV next month 9/5/19

    The Atlas Cross Sport, Volkswagen's newest sport utility vehicle, will be globally unveiled in Chattanooga next month.

    Source: Times Free Press

  • Rossville ramps up revitalization efforts; new Downtown Development Authority starting9/4/19

    Rossville is launching a Downtown Development Authority to explore new ways to grow the city and engage community members.

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    Source: Times Free Press

  • $4 million development to boost economic growth in North Georgia9/4/19

    Armour Commercial Real Estate, the Catoosa County Economic Development Authority and city of Ringgold broke ground on the second phase of a development in north Georgia Thursday morning, Aug. 29.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Ringgold expanding medical corridor; Tennessee Oncology, other developments planned for center 8/29/19

    Along Battlefield Parkway west of Interstate 75 , a medical corridor of offices and clinics is quickly developing.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • GNTC alum Ryan Fincher wins the Medallion for Excellence at the WorldSkills Welding Competition in Kazan, Russia 8/27/19

    WorldSkills Kazan 2019 took place Aug. 22-27 and brought together 1,354 competitors from 63 countries and regions.


    Source: GNTC

  • Spencer Hogg Joins N.W. GA Joint Development Authority8/19/19

    Spencer Hogg joined the Northwest Georgia Joint Development Authority as the Economic Development Project Manager.


    Source: The Summerville News

  • Education, Government Leaders Help Launch Catoosa College and Career Program8/19/19

    Catoosa County’s first “From HERE to CAREER! Academy” pathways in the fields of Industrial Systems Technology, Mechatronics, and Robotics begin now. Sixteen Catoosa County students, representing all three high schools in Catoosa County, will begin the 2019-2020 school year in dual enrollment to develop technical and professional skills for jobs in our region.


    Source: GNTC

  • Workforce development program impacted more than 1,500 across Northwest Georgia 8/18/19

    The agency serves residents of 15 counties including Bartow, Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, Fannin, Floyd, Gilmer, Gordon, Haralson, Murray, Paulding, Pickens, Polk, Walker and Whitfield. The Rapid Response Dislocation program served almost 900 residents who were impacted by layoffs or closures during the period from July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. One of the primary functions of the Workforce Development program is to provide opportunities for retraining of workers who have lost jobs through no fault of their own.

    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Boynton students win at Northwest Regional Tech Competition1/29/19

    Three students from Boynton Elementary School in Catoosa County recently won the Northwest Regional Tech Competition held at Georgia Highlands College in Rome, Ga. Catoosa County had more than 60 competitors there to be judged.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union expands with Food City, opens new branch in Fort Oglethorpe1/29/19

    The new credit union office is part of a the new $10 million Food City supermarket on Highway 41 in Fort Oglethorpe.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Huge conservation project paves way to caving, hiking and more in North Georgia1/21/19

    Nearly 2,400 acres on Lookout Mountain and into Johnson's Crook in Dade County, Georgia, have been preserved and will be managed by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy Inc. as the new Charles B. Henson Preserve at Johnson's Crook.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Career fair registration now open1/18/19

    Registration is now open for businesses wanting to participate in this year’s career fair at Dalton State. The registration deadline is Friday, March 15.


    Source: Dalton State College

  • Hamilton Medical Center recognized for quality medical excellence, patient safety1/15/19

    CareChex®, an information service of Quantros, Inc., has ranked Hamilton Medical Center (HMC) in the top 10 percent in the nation in seven categories for 2018.


    Source: Hamilton Medical Center

  • Chattanooga will be home to Volkswagen's first electric vehicle manufacturing facility in North America1/14/19

    Scott Keogh, Volkswagen Group of America's chief executive, said plans are to make an electric vehicle, a crossover, in Chattanooga in 2022-23, investing $800 million and hiring 1,000 workers.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Whitfield to hold seven community forums in Walker County in February1/3/19

    Walker County Commissioner Shannon Whitfield will host a series of seven community forums in February to discuss what’s working well today, along with goals and opportunities for the future.


    Source: Walker County Government

  • Ringgold commemorates downtown revitalization with plaque1/2/19

    The city of Ringgold celebrated the completion of its decade-long streetscape improvement project last month with a commemorative plaque.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Celebrating a Year of Wellness with Harbin Clinic12/30/18

    Harbin Clinic is celebrating another year of complete care for Northwest Georgia after hosting a myriad of community events impacting thousands of people of all ages.


    Source: Coosa Valley News

  • Unemployment rate drops in Catoosa County to 17-year low of only 2.8 percent12/27/18

    Unemployment in Catoosa County, Georgia, dropped last month to its lowest level since the summer of 2001.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Catoosa Development Authority approves property tax break for Dunkin' Donuts bakery12/27/18

    After a double check on whether the company held up its end of the agreement, the Development Authority of Catoosa County voted Thursday to give BMG Bakery a $40,000 tax break. The authority and the bakery, which supplies Dunkin' Donuts, agreed in August 2017 to a property tax abatement plan, as long as the bakery hit performance goals.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Zoning changes could bring more urban-style homes to LaFayette, Georgia12/19/18

    LaFayette's decision-makers are considering changes to the city's zoning ordinance that would allow for more pedestrian-friendly, urban-style development in designated areas.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Dalton State’s School of STM Partners with MFG Chemical12/13/18

    Dalton State College’s School of Science, Technology, and Mathematics has received a major gift from MFG Chemical as part of a multi-year partnership with the company. The gift will provide support for chemistry students and support the acquisition and maintenance of laboratory equipment in Dalton State’s chemistry program.


    Source: Dalton State College

  • Walker County, City of Lafayette Bring Home Awards from Northwest Georgia’s Historic High Country Travel Association12/10/18

    “Walker Rocks” was recognized for best marketing campaign among tourism promotion efforts. The City of Lafayette’s Honeybee Festival was chosen by the association for “Best Event”. Mayor Andy Arnold was named “Tourism Advocate of the Year.”


    Source: WQCH

  • Hoping for growth, Dade County approves $500,000 land purchase for reservoir12/6/18

    The Dade County Commission approved an intergovernmental agreement with the county's Water and Sewer Authority, signing off on the purchase of 61 acres on Sells Lane. Officials plan to build a reservoir there.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Radiation therapy services return to North Georgia12/4/18

    CHI Memorial Hospital-Georgia announced Tuesday that radiation therapy services will resume at the hospital's Battlefield Parkway location in Ringgold.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Second inland port to be added in North Georgia12/3/18

    Four months after the Georgia Ports Authority opened a $24 million inland just north of Chatsworth, Georgia, the port authority said Monday it is adding a second inland port in North Georgia in Gainesville along with a new $15 million automotive distribution facility.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Preliminary agreement in place for North Georgia transportation sales tax11/29/18

    The managers of the Catoosa County, Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe local governments believe they have hammered out a deal to split sales tax revenue for transportation projects.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe students design site plan for dog park11/28/18

    The city of Fort Oglethorpe has finally locked down the design for its soon-coming dog park thanks to the ingenuity of students from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High. Since October, students from the school's Architecture I and Advanced Architecture classes have been working to design a site plan for the 2-acre park that will sit in front of Fort Oglethorpe City Hall.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Toyo Tire plant expands in North Georgia, adds 150 jobs11/20/18

    One of Japan's biggest tire manufacturers will invest another $138 million and add 150 more jobs at its North American production facility in Bartow County. Toyo Tire North America announced it is planning a two-phase expansion that would ultimately increase its employment in Georgia to 2,100 workers.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Chattanooga State launches effort to increase apprenticeship programs11/16/18

    Trying to fill worker shortages in the area, Chattanooga State is launching an effort to spur more apprenticeship programs and unveiled one on Friday in industrial maintenance mechatronics. Community college officials said they're also looking at apprenticeship initiatives in such non-industrial fields as trucking and logistics and health care.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • VW Chattanooga is 'first choice' to make electric vehicles, official says11/15/18

    A top Volkswagen brand official said today that Chattanooga's VW production plant is "first choice" to assemble electric vehicles in the North American market, according to Bloomberg.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Lyerly Awarded $150,000 wastewater treatment grant11/8/18

    Lyerly, Georgia, was awarded a $130,000 Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) loan by the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority (GEFA) board of directors. This project will improve efficiency and reduce operational and maintenance costs while improving wastewater treatment.


    Source: Walker County Government

  • Georgia offers best business climate of all states, Tennessee makes top 511/5/18

    For the sixth consecutive year, Georgia has been ranked by site selectors and business leaders as the state with the best business climate in America, according to Site Selection magazine.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Solar panels for Dade County High School11/2/18

    Three solar arrays were installed on the roof of Dade County High School in August of this year at a total cost of $107,000, with $50,000 paid for through a grant. The solar panels should save the school system $7,000 a year in energy costs and $173,000 over 25 years.


    Source: Discover Dade

  • Northwest Georgia unemployment down in September11/1/18

    Northwest Georgia’s unemployment rate fell in September while other critical measures all trended in the right direction, Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Food City opening new Rossville store11/1/18

    Food City will open its newest Chattanooga area store on Wednesday in Rossville, Ga.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Wright School of Business opens office in downtown accelerator10/31/18

    Dalton State College's C. Lamar and Ann Wright School of Business recently added another way students can gain real-world work experience before graduation. They now have a downtown office in the Dalton Innovation Accelerator.


    Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

  • Stephanie Scearce named Vice President of Economic Development at GNTC10/25/18

    Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) has named Stephanie Scearce of Woodstock the new vice president of Economic Development. She will be actively involved in the recruitment of new business and the expansion of existing businesses within the college’s nine county service area and will serve as a local point of contact for Georgia Quick Start.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Catoosa County Employee Health Clinic pays for itself in first year10/24/18

    Over the past year, the clinic, which offers free health care for the county's 500 employees and their families, has seen a total of 1,598 office visits, with 980 prescriptions dispensed during that time, records show.

    Source: Times Free Press

  • Mountain View rolls out new Ringgold dealership10/23/18

    Mountain View Auto Group on Tuesday officially opened a new Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram dealership in Ringgold, Georgia.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • CBL sells Fort Oglethorpe center for $16.5 million10/18/18

    CBL Properties today announced that it has sold Parkway Plaza, a community center located in Fort Oglethorpe, for $16.5 million.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Number of high school graduates on the rise in Walker, Catoosa counties10/17/18

    Walker County Schools’ graduation rate rose in 2018 from 85.4% to 88%. When Georgia first began calculating the rate in 2012, Walker County Schools' graduation rate sat at 69.4%.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • FreightWaves shifts into expansion with plans to add 260 new jobs10/12/18

    Chattanooga-based FreightWaves, a transportation and logistics data and content startup, today rolled out a major expansion with plans to create 260 new jobs.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Hamilton holds topping off celebration for world-class children’s institute10/10/18

    Hamilton Health Care System held a topping-off celebration for the Anna Shaw Children’s Institute in Dalton on Tuesday, Oct. 16. Construction is expected to be completed by March 2019.


    Source: Hamilton Health Care

  • Publix opens grocery, pharmacy in Ringgold Wednesday10/5/18

    Publix Super Markets opened its first store in Ringgold, Georgia at 7 a.m. on Oct. 10.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • VW Chattanooga to hire upwards of 1,000 more workers, add third shift starting next year10/5/18

    Volkswagen's Chattanooga plant plans to add a third shift, and potentially hire upwards of 1,000 more workers, as it readies to make the five-seat version of its Atlas SUV next year.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • United starts Chattanooga-Washington nonstop flights10/4/18

    United Airlines started nonstop flights Thursday, Oct. 4, from Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to Washington Dulles International Airport.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Fairyland Elementary School prepares for aquaponics lab10/3/18

    Fairyland Elementary School, a unit of Walker County Schools, is ironing out the final details as it prepares to begin installing a one-of-a-kind aquaponics system for its students.Principal Jeremy Roerdink believes the lab will create STEM opportunities for students as they learn to manage the symbiotic environment, in which the plants will filter the water for the fish and the fish will provide food for the plants through excrement.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Dalton adds jobs along with two new plants9/27/18

    Dalton, Georgia, has landed an expansion by an existing flooring maker along with a planned plant by a company new to the area in a pair of multimillion- dollar projects. Each project will go on a new, 70-acre, privately funded industrial park.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Battlefield Outdoors wins Walker Rocks challenge9/22/18

    David Bridges, owner of Battlefield Outdoors, won a $5,000 grant at the first Walker Rocks Start-up Challenge pitch competition held Thursday, Sept. 20, at the Walker County Civic Center. The Walker Rocks Start-up Challenge is a pitch competition designed to help a recreational, travel or hospitality business get started or expand in Walker County, building on the momentum created by the launch of Walker Rocks this summer.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Walker graduation rates up, above state average9/22/18

    Walker County high schools’ graduation rates are well above the state graduation rate, according to a report released Thursday, Sept. 20, by the Georgia Department of Education. The 2018 graduation rate for Ridgeland High is 90.8 percent and at Lafayette High, the rate is 84.53 percent. The Walker County School System’s combined rate of 87.99 percent is over 6 percentage points above this year’s statewide graduation rate in Georgia.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Unemployment in Georgia falls below U.S. average for first time in 11 years9/20/18

    Unemployment in Georgia fell to its lowest level in more than 17 years last month – 3.8 percent – dipping below the national average jobless rate for the first time since before the Great Recession hit in 2007.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • NW GA Counties Receive Transportation Grant9/20/18

    The latest round of Georgia Department of Transportation contract awards include nearly $30 million worth of projects in Northwest Georgia counties.


    Source: Coosa Valley News

  • Dalton Solar8/18

    Solar company Hanwha Q CELLS Korea is creating 500 jobs in Whitfield County with a new $150-million solar module manufacturing facility.


    Source: Georgia Trend Magazine

  • Georgia Power and TVA named to Site Selection magazine’s list of top utilities for economic development9/10/18

    Site Selection magazine has named the Tennessee Valley Authority as well as Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Company, among the top 10 utilities in economic development for 2018.


    Source: Site Selection Magazine

  • Finalists selected for Walker Rocks startup challenge9/10/18

    During September $5,000 will be on the line when three local entrepreneurs compete in the first ever Walker Rocks Start-up Challenge. The Walker Rocks Start-up Challenge is a pitch competition designed to help a recreational, travel or hospitality business get started or expand in Walker County, building on the momentum created by the launch of Walker Rocks this summer.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Catoosa County reconsidering fire services agreement following new ISO rating8/29/18

    Following a significant improvement in its fire insurance rating, Catoosa County is looking to update or terminate its interlocal agreement with Fort Oglethorpe for fire protection services.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Chopper based at Redmond will transport patients to closest appropriate hospital9/2/18

    The new Air Methods Air Life helicopter medical transport based at Redmond Regional Medical Center is partnered with Redmond for its space requirements and staffing, but not officially aligned with any hospital in the region.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • VW plant, Chattanooga may benefit by NAFTA deal, economist says8/29/18

    Chattanooga's Volkswagen plant and the region could gain from a tentative trade deal with Mexico by attracting more supplier part production, a University of Tennessee economist says.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Chattanooga area employers add nearly 10,000 jobs in the past year8/23/18

    Chattanooga area employers added 9,836 new jobs over the past year, cutting the non-seasonally-adjusted unemployment rate in the 6-county Chattanooga metropolitan area last month to 4 percent.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Shaw among best sales companies8/21/18

    Shaw Industries Group, Inc. has been recognized as one of the best companies to sell for by Selling Power magazine.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Dade Water and Sewer receives $4.8 million loan from USDA8/21/18

    State Director for Rural Development Joyce White announced that USDA is investing $9.1 million to help rebuild and improve Georgia’s rural water infrastructure. The Dade County Water & Sewer Authority and the City of Cave Spring, Floyd County, Georgia are receiving funding.


    Source: Discover Dade

  • Buyer sought for historic Dalton depot at 110 Depot St.8/21/18

    The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation and the city of Dalton are looking for a preservation-minded buyer to purchase and rehabilitate the Dalton depot at 110 Depot St.


    Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

  • Hamilton Health Care System receives Leadership Excellence awards8/16/18

    Vizient MidSouth recently recognized Hamilton Health Care System (HHCS) with the Leadership Excellence award. HHCS has received this award for three years in a row and is the only hospital to do so, as well as the only hospital to score in the top quartile in each evaluated focus areas.


    Source: Hamilton Health Care System

  • Donation helps Ridgeland High School students get career-ready8/15/18

    Last week, the nonprofit CHI Memorial health care center donated three electrocardiogram machines and their accompanying supplies to Ridgeland High School through Walker County Schools.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Dalton State adds Sustainability degree8/14/18

    A bachelor’s degree in environmental and sustainability studies was approved Tuesday by the Board of Regents. It is Dalton State’s 25th four-year degree.


    Source: Dalton State College

  • Inaugural year of Walker Launch takes off8/14/18

    Walker County Schools and GNTC are providing students from Lafayette and Ridgeland High Schools the opportunity to earn dual enrollment college credit with Walker Launch.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Dade County leads Northwest Georgia in 3rd grade reading scores8/8/18

    Dade County School System was making headlines as the 2018 Georgia Milestones scores were released and Dade led the way in Northwest Georgia for third grade reading scores.


    Source: Discover Dade

  • SPLOST/LOST collections up; revenue up for 20188/8/18

    Good financial news for Dade County with SPLOST and LOST collections on the rise and an overage in Revenue for the 2017 fiscal year.


    Source: Discover Dade

  • Publix still eyeing early September for grand opening of new Fort Oglethorpe location8/8/18

    After months of planning and construction, Publix is eyeing early September for the grand opening of its new Fort Oglethorpe location on Battlefield Parkway.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • New medical wing to decrease wait times at North Georgia Healthcare Center8/8/18

    North Georgia Healthcare Center has added a new medical wing to its facility in its efforts to reduce wait times for local patients. With residents pouring in from Catoosa, Walker, Whitfield, Dade and Chattooga counties, the Ringgold-based nonprofit health care center sees approximately 13,000 visitors each year.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Foreign investment creates over 14,000 jobs in rural Georgia8/7/18

    Governor Nathan Deal says industries around the world continue to pick Georgia thanks to the state’s business-friendly environment. Deal says 80 percent of the projects that came into the state last year were located outside of metro Atlanta and created over 14,000 jobs in rural areas.


    Source: Coosa Valley News

  • Number of area workers hits all-time high8/5/18

    The number of employed residents in Northwest Georgia grew to more than 409,000, an all-time high, in June.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Summerville is one of six cities selected for Smithsonian program8/3/18

    Summerville has been selected as one of the six communities to host a Smithsonian Institution program called Crossroads: Change in Rural American, a Museum on Main Street. The exhibition will tour Georgia some time in 2019-2020.


    Source: The Summerville News

  • Delta Air Lines Foundation issues grants totaling $350K to nine Aviation Maintenance training programs, including Georgia Northwestern Technical College7/31/18

    Five colleges in the Technical College System of Georgia will receive a grant of $50,000, respectively, including Georgia Northwestern Technical College. Another four colleges outside Georgia will receive $25,000 grants.


    Source: Delta Air Lines

  • Georgia jet fuel tax halted 7/30/18

    Republican Gov. Nathan Deal issued an executive order ending collection of the state's 4 percent sales tax on jet fuel beginning Aug. 1.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Hyundai dealership opens in Ringgold7/26/18

    Mountain View Auto Group has opened a new Hyundai dealership in Ringgold, Ga., with the aim of becoming the brand's No. 1 store in the Chattanooga area.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Dade County BOE rolls back millage rate7/24/18

    The Dade County School System is rolling back the millage rate to 15.070. With the rollback rate, the school system would be collecting a little more property taxes than last year, but the individual millage rate used to assess taxes for homeowners would be going down for school taxes.


    Source: Discover Dade

  • Chinese hardwood flooring firm to open $30 million plant in Calhoun, Georgia7/23/18

    A Chinese hardwood flooring manufacturer plans to open its first American production facility in Calhoun, Georgia and hire 100 workers.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • GNTC Alum Ryan Fincher invited to welding competition in Beijing, China7/23/18

    As a GNTC student, Fincher won the gold medal in the Welding Competition at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in 2017.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Northwest Georgia inland port to open Aug. 17/10/18

    The Appalachian Regional Port, designed as a freight pickup and drop-off gateway for trucks and trains, plans to open Aug. 1.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Local Foundation wins state art grant7/9/18

    The Paradise Garden Foundation learned Monday it was one of the 132 recipients of the Partner, Project and Arts Education grants from the Georgia Department of Economic Development’s Georgia Council for the Arts (GCA) for fiscal year 2019.


    Source: The Summerville News

  • Georgia DOT Board Member Jerry Shearin applauds ongoing projects in Chattooga, Dade and Walker Counties7/5/18

    State Transportation Board Member Jerry Shearin, who represents Congressional District 14, applauds the department’s efforts on improving roadways in Chattooga, Dade and Walker counties.


    Source: The Summerville News

  • Georgia Northwestern’s Eagle soars to bronze at nationals7/3/18

    Chattooga County, Georgia native Taylor Eagle grabbed Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s best finish in the National SkillsUSA Competition held in Louisville, Kentucky.


    Source: The Summerville News

  • New technology at North Georgia hospital fights drug blood resistant infections7/5/18

    Hamilton Medical Center is one of the first in the region to implement a new technology to fight resistant blood infections.


    Source: WRCB-TV

  • Physicians graduate from Floyd’s Family Medicine residency program7/1/18

    Eight physicians recently graduated from Floyd’s Family Medicine Residency Program.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Forbes names Coosa Valley Credit Union best credit union in Georgia6/29/18

    Coosa Valley Credit Union (CVCU) took the top spot in Georgia on Forbes’ inaugural “Best-in-State” credit union list. CVCU is one of only three credit unions in Georgia to be recognized by Forbes.


    Source: Coosa Valley News

  • Local employers add 8,747 jobs in the past 12 months6/27/18

    Chattanooga area employers added 8,747 jobs in the metro region over the past year.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • New clinics expand medical offerings in Ringgold6/27/18

    Two new walk-in clinics have been added to the ensemble of medical facilities in Ringgold.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Full-service cancer care returns to Northwest Georgia: CHI Memorial upgrading, reopening Parkway facility6/27/18

    On Monday, June 25, 2018, The Georgia Department of Community Health announced its approval of CHI Memorial Hospital Georgia’s certificate of need application to provide full-service cancer services with new equipment at CHI Memorial Parkway in Ringgold, GA.



    Source: CHI Memorial Health

  • Catoosa County to make addressing easier for 911 Department6/20/18

    Catoosa County officials have adjusted the Unified Development Code (UDC) with an ordinance that will make the naming and addressing of streets more efficient.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Walker Rocks invites all to “come play.” Project promotes recreation as a commercial engine6/19/18

    The Walker County Chamber of Commerce and county government are launching a joint initiative to promote Walker County’s many and varied recreational offerings to a broad market.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Ruby Falls unveils first phase of $20 million expansion6/22/18

    Ruby Falls on Lookout Mountain unveiled the first phase of a 10-year, $20 million expansion Friday that tourism officials said will enhance the guest experience. Ruby Falls announced they are also hiring 200 more employees this summer to meet guest demands.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Chattanooga Airport stays on record-breaking path6/18/18

    Chattanooga Airport officials are looking at better tapping the North Georgia and North Alabama markets as Lovell Field stays on course to pass last year's record-breaking passenger traffic.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Water Board gets $450,000 loan for reservoir6/18/18

    At its regular June meeting on Friday, the board of directors for the Dade Water Authority learned it had just been approved for a $450,000 loan to buy land for a proposed reservoir on Lookout Creek. The money is from GEFA, the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority, the state agency that helps water companies such as Dade’s pay for big infrastructure projects such as this one.


    Source: Dade Planet

  • Fort Oglethorpe working to create new GIS database6/6/18

    The city of Fort Oglethorpe recently reached an agreement with an engineering firm to help create a new Geographic Information System (GIS) database to help with efficiency within the city’s utilities infrastructure.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Northwest Georgia unemployment rate falls5/31/18

    Georgia Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said Thursday that the Northwest Georgia region saw a drop in the unemployment rate and a decrease in initial unemployment claims in April. The jobless rate fell to 3.6 percent, a drop of .5 percent over the past month.


    Source: Coosa Valley News

  • Korean solar company bringing 500-plus jobs to Dalton; plant to be built in Carbondale Business Park5/30/18

    Hanwha Q Cells Korea officials hope a new solar module manufacturing plant in the Carbondale Business Park, which will create more than 500 jobs and bring a total investment of $150 million, will begin operations during the first quarter of 2019, a local economic development official said.


    Source: Dalton Daily Citizen

  • Rock City buys 83-year-old Sky Harbor Court on Lookout Mountain5/29/18

    Rock City has purchased the Sky Harbor Court on Lookout Mountain, rebranding the property as the Lookout Mountain RiverView Inn.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • GNTC Youth Academy has summer jobs for youth5/24/18

    The Youth Success Academy program of Georgia Northwestern Technical College is accepting applications May 29-June 15 for its summer program, with orientation sessions June 20 and 21. The Youth Success Academy coordinates with diverse employers in the area to find young people jobs in areas that interest them. The idea is to get young people some work experience so they're more attractive to employers.


    Source: Dade Planet

  • Water Board applies for GEFA loan to guarantee Dade's great lake project5/22/18

    Dade County and its water company are going forward with plans to procure land for the eventual purpose of building a reservoir on Lookout Creek.


    Source: Dade Planet

  • New privately developed commerce park planned for Bartow County5/20/18

    Mark Harris of H and H Realty said he expects to break ground on the new Interstate Commerce Park off Cass-White Road in Bartow County sometime during the month of June.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Chattooga County wins new $19 million plant5/18/18

    Chattooga County, Georgia, has won a new $19 million microfiber production plant. "It was the best place for the expansion. They had better tax incentives and were easy to work with," said Will Dendy, a partner in Dixie Color Inc., which is setting up the newly formed Dixie Specialty Fibers Inc. factory that will employ 100 people.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Dalton State adds health and wellness degree5/16/18

    With the approval of a bachelor’s of science in health and wellness by the Board of Regents on Tuesday, Dalton State College now offers 24 degrees.


    Source: Daily Citizen-News

  • Robot Test Drive4/30/18

    Hamilton Medical Center recently hosted a “test drive” event for the da Vinci Surgical Robot. Hamilton Medical Center is Northwest Georgia’s leader in robotic surgery with more than 1,500 robotic surgeries performed. Hamilton Medical Center is Northwest Georgia’s leader in robotic surgery with more than 1,500 robotic surgeries performed.


    Source: Hamilton Medical Center

  • GNTC and the Herz Foundation Partner to Train German Apprentices4/30/18

    Three German apprentices are currently part of the advanced manufacturing workforce in the northwest Georgia region as part of a partnership between Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) and the Joachim Herz Stiftung Foundation.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Government officials try to spur investment in Rossville area4/19/18

    The U.S. Department of Treasury designated Rossville as an "opportunity zone" on April 9. Investors will get a discount on their federal tax bills when they help develop the area.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Food City is building 3 new supermarkets in North Georgia4/19/18

    Food City chief executive Steve Smith said Wednesday that three stores the grocery chain is building in Northwest Georgia – Ringgold, Dalton, and Walker County – are part of up to $60 million that Food City is now plowing into the Chattanooga market.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Looking to hire 15 CNAs4/14/18

    The Georgia Department of Labor will help Lookout Mountain Community Services hire up to 15 employees. The event will be held April 30 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the LaFayette Career Center, 200 West Villanow Street, LaFayette. LMCS is looking to hire employees with CNAs or who have had experience working with individuals with intellectual or developmental disabilities.


    Source: The Summerville News

  • Dade School System gets accolades for state accreditation and annual audit4/13/18

    Dade County School Superintendent Dr. Jan Harris presented the school system’s certificate of accreditation from AdvancED at the April 9 Board of Education meeting. 


    Source: Discover Dade

  • Hilton hotel to anchor McLemore Cove resort in Walker County4/10/18

    A $100 million resort planned atop Lookout Mountain in Walker County, Ga., will be anchored by a Hilton's Curio Collection hotel.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Ports projects mean thousands of jobs across state and in Northwest Georgia4/9/18

    Georgia is turning dirt all the way from Murray County in the mountains to Chatham County on the coast in an effort to mine additional business and jobs for the state.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Health Information key for Dalton State, GNTC Agreement4/2/18

    Dalton State College (DSC) and Georgia Northwestern Technical College (GNTC) recently entered into a formal articulation agreement involving Health Information Management. Graduates of the Health Information Management Technology program at GNTC now can transfer seamlessly to Dalton State College.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Bobcats go gold at SkillsUSA Georgia3/27/18

    Georgia Northwestern Technical College students won 17 medals at the 2018 SkillsUSA state competition; 10 gold, 4 silver, and 3 bronze.


    Source: Dade Planet

  • Governor’s vision for Georgia Northwestern Tech showing progress3/19/18

    GNTC's Whitfield Murray Campus continues to grow. Upon completion, the 80,000-square foot facility will be able to accommodate up to 4,000 students. 


    Source: Time Free Press

  • Hamilton Medical Center recognized for quality medical excellence, patient safety3/15/18

    Hamilton Medical Center recently received recognition for quality medical excellence and patient safety from CareChex. 


    Source: Hamilton Health

  • TVA to save $20 million a year from new $1 billion bond issue3/5/18

    The Tennessee Valley Authority expects to save more than $20 million a year in interest expenses over the next couple of years from a $1 billion bond issue priced Monday.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport lands more New York service3/5/18

    Delta Air Lines will start daily nonstop flights between Chattanooga and New York City in July. 


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Trion Authority OKs $10 million bond deal 3/1/18

    At the first meeting of the newly created Trion Industrial Development Authority, the board endorsed a resolution authorizing a $10-million bond issue to pay for the relocation of a Walker County company, Dixie Specialty Fiber, Inc., into the Trion Industrial Park. 


    Source: The Summerville News

  • Wire Tech planning to triple space in West Rome2/21/18

    Business is booming for Summerville-based Wire Tech which is received a grading permit for a 40,000 square foot expansion of its facility at 11 Westside Industrial Boulevard in Rome.


    Source: Northwest Georgia News

  • Georgia Trend recognizes Chickamauga as “Live, Work, Play” City 2/16/18

    One of Walker County’s four cities was recently recognized by Georgia Trend magazine with a Live, Work, Play award. The Live, Work, Play award highlights a city’s efforts to improve or add local amenities, maintain a strong workforce to keep the local economy flowing and exhibit a friendly, yet conscious community.


    Source: Walker County Government

  • Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport lands $4 million grant to redevelop former National Guard site2/20/18

    Air maintenance firm West Star Aviation is eyeing additional expansion at Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport to increase its footprint and employment.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Preliminary 2020 US Census Work Starts This Month2/15/18

    Northwest Georgia cities and counties are beginning the process of comparing their residential address lists to those the Census Bureau plans to use to count and survey the U.S. population in 2020. The address check process will continue into 2019, as the Census provides feedback on corrections that the local governments have submitted. 


    Source: Dade Planet

  • Mohawk Industries earnings top $1 billion for the first time2/9/18

    The world's biggest floorcovering manufacturer said Friday its net income rose 5 percent in the fourth quarter from a year ago and the company expects sales and profits to continue to grow in the first quarter of 2018.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Summerville: Safest City in Georgia 2/2/18

    Summerville is the safest city in Georgia once again, according to a national home security vendor. Officials credit residents and the police department for keeping crime low.


    Source: The Summerville News

  • Trion nears deal with solar firm2/1/18

    The Trion Town Council agreed to a deal in principle to lease 10-12 acres adjacent to its industrial park to United Renewable Energy, LLC, of Alpharetta which plans to build a “solar farm” with up to 6,800 panels on the property and sell the energy to Georgia Power.


    Source: The Summerville News

  • Shaw Industries buys Scotland-based carpet tile maker2/1/18

    Dalton, GA-based Shaw Industries Group, Inc. is expanding its global presence in carpet tile with the purchase of Scotland-based Sanquhar Tile Services (STS).


    Source: Times Free Press

  • SPLOST to improve sewer services in Catoosa County1/31/18

    Both Ringgold and Fort Oglethorpe city councils unanimously voted last week to accept an agreement between the two cities and Catoosa County that will divvy up the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax and help improve sewer services throughout the county.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Fort Oglethorpe chosen for 'Thriving Communities' initiative1/24/18

    Fort Oglethorpe city leaders and volunteers have begun brainstorming how they can best preserve and promote the city's natural charm with the help of $20,000 and forward-thinking design professionals.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Summerville receives award from state municipal association1/23/18

    On Jan. 21, the city of Summerville received a 2018 Live, Work, Play City Award presented by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), in conjunction with Georgia Trend magazine, during GMA’s annual Mayors’ Day conference in Atlanta.


    Source: WZQZ-AM 1100

  • West Star deal to aid Chattanooga airport expansion1/20/18

    Aircraft maintenance venture West Star Aviation expects to add between 50 and 75 more workers this year at its Chattanooga Metropolitan Airport facilities to handle growth, said company spokeswoman Debi Cunningham. West Star already employs 68 people at the airport, she said. 

    Source: Times Free Press

  • Dade County building new reservoir1/9/18

    Dade County leaders are taking steps to build a water reserve for future use which includes a reservoir. The Dade County Commission agreed to put down $50,000 in earnest money for a 70-acre parcel that could be used as the reservoir location.


    Source: WDEF

  • Erlanger Health System has settled with Walker County1/9/18

    Commissioner Shannon Whitfield said Walker County will pay the Chattanooga hospital $8.7 million over three years. The hospital, in turn, has relented on the demand that Walker County also pay interest and attorney fees. That will save Walker County taxpayers around $580,000.


    Source: WQCH

  • 10.8-million dollars in new residential construction coming to West LaFayette1/9/18

    Over a year of planning has resulted in “the West LaFayette transformation plan,” which became the guiding document for the housing investment now planned.


    Source: WQCH

  • TVA cuts coal use 1/6/18

    The Tennessee Valley Authority shut down its oldest fossil fuel plant still in operation this week as part of the utility's ongoing shift away from coal-fired generation.


    Source: Times Free Press

  • Georgia sets records in employment during 20171/18/18

    State Labor Commissioner Mark Butler said today that 2017 was a banner year for job creation, employment and work force gains in Georgia. Over the year, Georgia created more than 83,000 new jobs, employed thousands more residents, grew a much larger work force, and drove unemployment down 1.1 percent.


    Source: Coosa Valley News

  • Walker County seeking buyers for Rossville industrial site1/19/18

    The Walker County Development Authority (WCDA) is putting the former Coats American property up for sale.


    Source: WDEF