Downtown Chattanooga

Find out why you should live, play & work downtown!

Sponsored by River City Company
July 30, 2013
Meet Our VP of Planning & Development: Jim Williamson
Meet Our VP of Planning & Development: Jim Williamson

Taking point on River City Company projects, Jim leads the charge for quality downtown advancement with an emphasis on smart urban design and sustainability that can only come from his architecture and project management history. A resident of Chattanooga since 1995, Jim is currently working on the project he feels will be one of his greatest professional accomplishments, The Block, which will open in October. In addition to The Block, you have Jim to thank for all the new wayfinding signage downtown as he took the time to make sure this new installation will be a lasting beautification and functional tool for downtown.


A foodie at heart, Jim is the main chef in his home which includes his wife Lydia and three boys ages 5, 10 and 13. Before the boys, Jim and Lydia took at 16 country European trip and returned with a full suitcase of Belgian beer where his love affair with the libation began. Although he would love to open a restaurant, Jim is pretty sure he will stick with planning and development and use that architecture degree he received from the University of Tennessee Knoxville.


You can see Jim cruising around downtown on his bike, stopping in one of our many local restaurants to eat and grabbing some fresh, local produce at The Chattanooga Market to include in his cooking for the week. He also likes to catch a show at Rhythm & Brews or one of the free series like Nightfall or Riverfront Nights, and he may sneak off to the Chattanooga Billiard Club to have a cigar every now and then.


In regards to Downtown Chattanooga’s future, Jim advocates for some of the “holes or gaps” in the built environment to be filled with quality developments but does not want to see the amazing quality and energy of Chattanooga change. In his words with Chattanooga, you get a great place to live and raise a family but you don’t have to give up any of the “big city” stuff that people love.