Leaders Champion South Broad Redevelopment Projects 

In the last several days more than 150 business and community leaders have signed an ad supporting the South Broad Redevelopment that also includes a new stadium, business and elected officials announced today.  

“We need a new gleaming gateway to Chattanooga that welcomes people,” said Christy Gillenwater, President and CEO, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce. “It’s time to talk realistically about how we appear at first glance when people approach downtown from I-24.” 

“We asked our top investors where they stood on this important project. An overwhelming majority are eager to show their full support,” she said. “As more people begin to understand the many benefits for the entire community, we invite them to sign on as well.”

Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger welcomed the support from business leaders. 

“There comes a time when leaders need to stand for progress, this is now that time,” Coppinger said.

“This is a moment after years of effort where all things have come together in support not only for an anchor for the South Broad Street Development but massive economic development. We currently have businessmen and women who are already committed to invest $200 million in new development on this site,” Coppinger said. 

“The reluctance of some to support this project is bewildering, but I suspect they also would have rejected our effort to redevelop downtown with the Tennessee Aquarium or the wise decision to purchase what we now know as Enterprise South, home to thousands of jobs. This project will also house businesses, retail stores, restaurants and homes. It is the next chapter in the evolving story of Hamilton County and it needs to happen now before this moment slips away,” Coppinger said.

Mayor Tim Kelly agreed.

“I am grateful for the support of Chattanooga’s business community, which clearly recognizes what an incredible opportunity we have before us to revitalize the rusting eyesore currently serving as our city’s western gateway,” Kelly said.  

“The bottom line is this is a great deal for the people of Chattanooga and Hamilton County that will generate tens of millions of dollars in tax revenue to support our schools and civic infrastructure, all without using one penny of existing tax dollars. I was in business for years, and let me tell you, deals like this don’t come around every day – the time to move is now,” Kelly said.

As part of an annual legislative survey, the Chattanooga Chamber asked about support to keep the Lookouts in Chattanooga. A resounding majority – 78 percent – said yes, Gillenwater said. 

SouthBroad.info offers a place where people can add their names to the growing list of leaders who support moving forward, as well as providing facts about all of the potential projects, an economic impact study, and renderings, Gillenwater said.  

Barry Ruffalo, President and CEO, Astec Industries, Inc., said his family has been driving past the site for vacations since he was 6 years old – on their way from Wisconsin to Florida.

“The dilapidated state of the site and its buildings has been burned into my memory for years.  I’m in favor of doing something about it that would not only look better but would also have so many positive benefits for the city,” Ruffalo said. 

Gillenwater said she is inviting our community to speak up in support. 

“We enjoy a history of working in partnership to make great things happen here in Chattanooga and Hamilton County and we’re excited about these possibilities,” Gillenwater said.

“Most of us have had that moment that Barry Ruffalo talked about – where we drive into town from I-24, look left at the beautiful expanse of river, then look to our right and wonder why that property has yet to be redeveloped – especially with a city as prosperous and forward-looking as Chattanooga,” Gillenwater said.  

“The South Broad Redevelopment project is a dream that has been decades in the making and now this is finally being realized – Chattanooga revitalized from the Riverfront to Lookout Mountain.”   

 Some 140 acres with river views will transform industrial sites into pedestrian and picnic areas, conveniently situated next to new office spaces, where businesses will invest, and welcoming spaces where people will enjoy walkable shopping and entertainment. One of the focal points is a world-class entertainment venue, where baseball will be played, the new home for our beloved Lookouts.   

The multi-use outdoor venue can host family events, business gatherings, concerts, high school sports teams, holiday events and parties, community health/fitness programs. When the multi-use stadium is not in use for events, it will be open to the public as a park where people can walk the concourse, picnic outdoors and enjoy the fresh air.   

“The South Broad Redevelopment promises to position us as a global model for placemaking,” Gillenwater said. “For many years, the City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County, and many of our community residents and leaders have worked in partnership to transform our community into one of America’s Best Towns. Our Riverfront, Tennessee Riverwalk, and Enterprise South, have rightfully garnered acclaim and emulation over those years.”  

“Now is the time for this project,” she said.  

“The potential prosperity spurred by this redevelopment has local business leaders championing Chattanooga’s next transformative moment. We must move ahead together in partnership to keep up with other communities who are planning ahead,” Gillenwater said.

Show your support, here.

Over 160 South Broad Champions and Counting

Julie Alcantara, Realtor

Michael Alston, Esq., Office Managing Partner, Husch Blackwell, LLP

Jeremy  Alumbaugh, CEO, Chattanooga Football Club

Steve Anderson, Senior VP of Administration & Investor Relations, Astec

Jeff Badgley, President International and Military, Miller Industries, Inc.

Frank Baker, Owner, Stone Source, Inc.

The Barclifts, Owners, Lakeshore Grille

Bob Bethel, Owner, 3-2 Capital, LLC

Allen Bible, President, Noon Health

John Blake, Specialists in Pain Management

Bryan Bledsoe, Managing Partner, Dwell Designed Construction

Tony Boals, Vice President, Wright Brothers Construction Company, Inc.

Kevin C. Boehm, Boehm, Real Estate and Investment Co.

Misty Bolt, Owner, Medicare Misty

Platt Boyd, Founder & CEO, Branch Technology

Ryan Breneman, CEO, Generation Property Management

Benjamin G. Brock, President & CEO, BROCK, LLC

Tripp Brown, Vice President, Brown Bros. Inc.

Erika Burnett, Executive Director, Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga

Logan Carmichael, Program Director, WFLI 96.1FM, WKWN 101.3FM/1420 AM, WJTW 106.1FM/ 1480AM

Emma Tracy, Carpenter Owner, TPRG, LLC

Jeannine Carpenter, Director of Research and Policy, Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga

Allen Carter, Athens Insurance

Tressa Cassetty  Administrator, QualityPRO Power Washing

Chanda Chambers, President & Owner, Chambers Welding

Karlene Claridy, Claridy Communications

Will Clegg, Partner, Henderson Hutcherson & McCullough, PLLC

Keith Clingan, GM/Partner, Abra Autobody & Glass

Mickey  Cloud, Executive Director, The Sasha Group, a VaynerX company

Brad Cobb, President, Bowers Automotive Group

Nic Cornelison, President, P&C Construction

Royce Cornelison, Chairman, CEO, P&C Construction

Steve Cox, President, Steam Logistics

David Curtis, Corporate Tax Associate, PlayCore

Jay Dale, Market President, First Horizon-Chattanooga

Daniel Deas                      

Thomas Decosimo, Managing Principle, Decosimo Corporate Finance

Kent DeReus, President, Perry Homes

David F. DeVaney, SIOR, CCIM, President, NAI Charter Real Estate Corp.

Gina Dhanani, COO & CMO, Double Cola Co.- USA

K.C. Dyer, Orthodontist, Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics of Chattanooga

Andrew Faw, President, Fulmer Concrete Construction

Jamey Flegel, Noon Real Estate

John Foy, Chairman, Noon Management, LLC

Eric Fuller, CEO, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

Thomas Gallant, Executive Vice President, Marion Environmental, Inc.

Briana Garza, Owner/Co-Founder, Chatt Taste Food Tour, LLC

Christy Gillenwater, President & CEO, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce

Jerod Gilley, Vice President, Construction Consultants

Malcolm Godwin, Chattanooga Home Inspector

Chris Goforth                   

Leslie Gower, CEO, AGC East Tennessee

David Grass, PE, Geotechnical Group Leader, S&ME, Inc.

Russell “Rusty” W. Gray               

Marion  Griscom                   

Tom Griscom

James M. Haley IV, Immediate Past Chair, Chattanooga Chamber               , Miller & Martin PLLC

Casey Hammontree, Partner, Resolute Capital Partners

Mike Harrell, Owner, Latitute Advisors, LLC

Randal Harrell, Market Executive, Synovus Bank

Nathan  Harwell EVP, Chief Legal Officer & Corporate Secretary, U.S. Xpress, Inc.

Johanna, Heywood, PE, PG, Chattanooga Office Principal, Environmental Group Leader, S&ME, Inc.

Scott Hibberts, General Manager, Reagan Outdoor Advertising

Wade Hinton, Hinton & Co.

Craig Holley, Regional Chairman, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Heath Hornsby, Branch Manager, Lansing Building Partners

Mary Beth Hudson, Executive Director, Smart Factory Institute

Matt Hullander, Owner/President, V2 Strategy

Steve Hunt, Owner/Principal Broker, Hunt Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Kerrie Hunter                   

Michael Hutchins, Managing Partner, Pursuit IQ

Hamp Johnston, President & CEO, RockPoint Bank, NA

Monica Maples Kinsey, Caravan Tribe, LLC

Shawn Kurrelmeier-Lee, Chief Reading Officer, Read 20

Paul Leath, Region Director of Operations, Chattanooga Gas

Robert Long, President & CEO, Bridges Consumer Healthcare

Jeff Lynn, Personal Line Advisor, Rock Creek Insurance

Tonya Lytle

Travis Lytle                     

Brandon Malone                    

Patricia Martinez, General Manager, The Chattanoogan Hotel- CURIO Collection by Hilton Ascent Hospitality Management Co., LLC

Michael Mathis, President – Chattanooga, Pinnacle Financial Partners

Adam McAnulty , Owner, Pedego Chattanooga

Kamrie McAnulty, Owner, Pedego Chattanooga

DeWayne B. McCamish, DDS MS

Matthew McGauley                 

Jim McKenzie, Market President, FirstBank

Jason Medeiros, President, Point General Contractors/ Chair of the Board AGC East Tennessee

Elaine Merritt, Executive Director, BNI

Will Miller, CEO, Miller Industries, Inc.

Chrissy Mincy, Attorney, Mincy Law

Carolina Molloy, Owner, Adventure Sports Innovation

Patrick Molloy, Owner, Adventure Sports Innovation

Miguel Morales, Owner, 1885 Grill

Kenny Morgan, Founder, Goodstory

Glenn Morris, President/CEO, MM Container

Nick Murray, Owner, CertaPro Painters

Hugh Morrow, President & CEO, Ruby Falls and R&R Outdoor Advertising 

Ryan Naegele, Owner, Right at Home

Greg Nieckula, CO, MBA , Community Physician

Kym Ott, PlayCore

Mike Otterman, President & CEO, Lodge Cast Iron

Jonathan Oxford                            

David Parker, Chairman, CEO, Covenant Logistics

Larry S Parks, Chairman and CEO, T. U. Parks Construction Co.

David Paschall, CEO, Ntracts

Mitch Patel, President & CEO, Vision Hospitality

Tony Perry, CEO, A. Perry Homes

Matt Phillips                     

Todd Phillips, President, Noon Management, LLC

Roger Pickett, President, MurMaid Mattress, Inc.

John Picklesimer, Major Account Sales, RJ Young

Reggie Piercy, Vice President, Sandler Training

Jason Provonsha, CEO, Steam Logistics

Dave Puzan, Plant Manager, Buzzi Unicem USA

Janelle Reilly, Market CEO, CHI Memorial Hospital

John Riley, Chief Revenue Officer, Ntracts, Inc.

Tiffani Robinson                  

Josh Rogers, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Wholesale Supply Group

Barry Ruffalo, President & CEO, Astec

Emerson Russell, Owner, ERMC/Emerson Properties

Keith Sanford, President & CEO, Tennessee Aquarium

Kimberly Scafe, Accounting Manager, Spectrum Aquatics

Ryan Scafe, LTL Manager, Steam Logistics

Matt Schroeder, CEO/co-founder, Shelly Cove, LLC/Tidalwave Screen Printing

Henry Schulson, President & CEO, Creative Discovery Museum

Rick Schumacher, Director, SVB Financial Group

Catherine Seat                 

Rebekah Elkins Sharpe, Transparency Health

Jack Silberman, CEO,Silberman Group

Lucas Simington, PE, Construction Group Leader, S&ME, Inc.

Geoff Smith                      

John Sorrow, Regional Executive, McGriff Insurance

Gretta Spaulding, Regional Director of Sales, LBA, Larry Blumberg & Associates, Inc.

Britton Stansell, CEO & Founder, Bright Base Management

Jared Stehney, Vice President/General Manager, Cumulus Radio WGOW AM/FM, WSKZ, WOGT

Doug Stein, CEO, Black Creek, Stein Wood Products

Micah Stockett                

Andrew Stone, President, Black Creek

Piper Stromatt, Partner, Director of Design, Boutique Living by Curate

Rebecca Styles, President-Elect, Downtown Chamber Council

Kacey Swindell, Director of Sales & Marketing, MOXY Chattanooga Downtown

Nick Topping, President, Chattanooga Tractor and Equipment

Chas Torrence, Executive Vice President, EMJ Corp

Will Tutton, General Manager, Southeast Painters, Inc.

James Tyson, President & CEO, Tyson & Associates Construction Company Inc.

Reggie Vachon, Jr., Executive Vice President, Equitas Management Group

Alex Vaughn, Owner, River City Athletic Fields

Jim Vaughn, Market President, Truist

Mike Vaughn, Owner, River City Athletic Fields

Cathy Walker, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, Black Creek Club

The Rev. Ann Gammon Weeks, President Emeritus, South Broad Redevelopment Group

Tom White

Paul Wilkinson, Professional Engineer, Reflective Tennessee

Arch Willingham, President, T.U. Parks Construction Company

James Wingard, President & CEO, Wingard Quality Supply, LLC

Joseph Wingfield, President, Wingfield Scale Company, Inc.

Bobby Winnie, President, Quality Fence Company

Todd Womack, President & CEO, Bridge Public Affairs

Christopher Wood, Co-Owner, (Be)Caffeinated

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