WHO WE ARE
River City Company is Downtown Chattanooga's economic development company. We lead the charge for positive and sustainable economic growth in downtown Chattanooga while protecting past investments.
For over 25 years, River City Company, a private non-profit, has worked in partnership with local government, the private sector, and the philanthropic sector to support Downtown Chattanooga.
Because a vigorous downtown is a prerequisite for a healthier city, we’re working to keep downtown Chattanooga working as the economic, social and cultural centerpiece of the entire Chattanooga region.
River City Company's Board of Directors represents the community at large with City and County Mayors, representatives from Chattanooga City Council and Hamilton County Commission and numerous community leaders. The Board of Directors provides an invaluable knowledgebase to help us determine the best use of our $3.2 million annual budget.
HISTORY OF RIVER CITY COMPANY
River City Company has played an integral role in the redevelopment and revitalization of Downtown Chattanooga. Created as a private non-profit in 1986 to implement a 20-year twenty-two mile blueprint for Chattanooga's riverfront and downtown development, the non-profit was originally capitalized with $12 million from local foundations and financial institutions.
By working with local government, the private sector, and the philanthropic sector, River City Company supported and developed specific real estate projects in Downtown Chattanooga. From the fulfillment of the initial recommendations of the Moccasin Bend Task Force for the development of the Tennessee Riverwalk, to the development of the Tennessee Aquarium, the redevelopment of the Kirkman High School site, fulfillment of the 21st Century Waterfront Plan and the Majestic Theater, River City Company has been most successful as a public purpose development company.
The Planning and Design Center, a department within River City Company, not only facilitated the planning and design of many of these major real estate development projects, but gave citizens a voice by engaging them in the planning process.