an Urban Renaissance Series Book
The History of a Renaissance

An elegant, comprehensive documentation of the city's Phoenix-like rise from the smog of industry and the strife of civil rights to the vibrant urban center it is today.

Over 300 full-color pages (9" x 12"), beautifully hard-bound, and containing over 1,000 photos.

Written by Beth Ellen Roberts
    "If you stand next to Chattanooga's Hunter Museum on a bluff overlooking the Tennessee River on a sunny spring weekend afternoon, you can see walkers and bicyclists coming and going on the city's Riverwalk, a 10-mile path along the river that anchors an extensive greenway system. You can see tourists in the Bluff View Arts District taking photos of themselves in front of the museum mansion, sitting under a shady pergola at the Bluff View Inn's bocce court, enjoying a latte or a croissant in a garden terrace, shopping for art glass or watercolors, and looking at sculptures ranging from the whimsical Tom Otterness "Free Money" in front of the museum to Leonard Baskin's emotionally powerful "Prodigal Son" in the River Gallery Sculpture Garden..."
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Introduction by Senator Bob Corker
    "The God-given amenities, culture and quality of life Chattanooga offers make it a world-class city. I love coming home from Washington on a Friday afternoon and going out to a great dinner with my wife Lizzie, or hiking up the back of Lookout Mountain with our dogs, or riding our bikes on the River Walk as people are out barbecuing with their families and fishing off the piers. We just love the sense of community... the Introduction

Photo Journal
Chattanooga's Heroic Drive contains over 1,000 photographs, many of which are found in the photo-journal section of the book, providing a tour through the city as it is today.
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Profiles in Excellence test

Profiles are presented chronologically in order of their establishment in Chattanooga.
YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga
    Promoting Health in Spirit, Mind and Body
Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce
    Many Companies - One Voice
Chattem Chemicals, Inc.
    "Doing What's Right"
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
    We Shall Achieve
Unum Group
    Identifying Needs, Offering Solutions
Erlanger Health System
    We Practice What We Teach
Baylor School
    Excellence in Education
Girls Preparatory School
    No Limits—Prepared for Life
Stein Construction Company
    Service Beyond the Contract
The Bright School
    Celebrating a Child's Natural Delight in Learning
Lawson Electric
    Lighting the Way
Tennessee Valley Authority
    The Nation's Largest Public Power Company
    Enhancing the Quality of Life for 75 Years
Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union
    People Helping People
BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
    Sense of Place, Sense of Purpose
Horizon Wine and Spirits
    Expanding Our Horizons Since 1947
Memorial Health Care System
    Inspired Medicine
WTVC NewsChannel9
    A Half-Century of Entering Lives and Living Rooms
Derthick, Henley & Wilkerson
    Commitment to Design
EMJ Corporation
    Building Excellence Coast to Coast
Signal Energy, Inc.
    A Trusted Partner from Concept to Completion
Allied Arts of Greater Chattanooga
    The Arts Are for All!
Parkridge Medical Center
    A Continuum of Care
Creswell Richardson
    Powering Industry
Blood Assurance
    "It's About Life"
Lamar Dunn & Associates
    Engineering Excellence
U.S. Xpress Enterprises
    Answering the challenges of today, anticipating the needs of tomorrow.
    A company that embodies faith-based values
Siskin Hospital for Physical Rehabilitation
    Caring People. Changing Lives.
P&C Construction, Inc.
    Exceptional People, Exceptional Service
Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects, pllc
    Improving the Quality of Life Through Design
Luken Holdings
    Excellence and Integrity in Everything We Do
    Water Quality Solutions Worldwide
The Chattanoogan
    Where Natural Beauty Meets Urban Energy
Doubletree Hotel Chattanooga
    The Complete Package

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  Chattanooga has emerged as one a handful of medium sized cities regularly cited worldwide as among the most progressive in planning and shaping its future. Almost unique among its peer communities, its arts, business and industry work hand-in-hand for the good of the city and each of its valued citizens.

    Nestled snugly between a scenic river and majestic mountains, Chattanooga has long had a prime geographic position on the national landscape. Its location, resources and diverse population drew business and industry early in America's western expansion; however, along with the blessings of business came a plethora of social and environmental issues that, without vision and leadership, could have plunged the city into the depths of despair so deep it might have survived only as a dark footnote to the industrial irresponsibility of a bygone era.

    The transition of this Smoky Mountain city was neither quick nor magic. It is the result of dedication, foresight and leadership with both the financial and political clout, not to mention stamina, to make things happen. From building bridges to luring Volkswagen manufacturing to Chattanooga, this is most assuredly...

              the History of a Renaissance.