The Collegedale Tomorrow Foundation has raised $6.3 million in donations towards construction of the Commons, which is slated to begin construction in early 2017. During this building period, we will be unable to occupy until the Grand Opening event TBA.
We are grateful to be supported by the following organizations: First Tennessee Foundation, EPB Fiber Optics, Mountain View Auto Group, Erlanger Health System, Tennessee Aquarium, Springer Mountain Farms and Chattanooga Coca-Cola Bottling.
The big sister of the Collegedale Market, the Chattanooga Market is the region’s largest producer-only marketplace. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit entity (Public Markets, Inc.), we were established to provide healthy, fresh produce, artisan foods, as well as locally-produced arts and craft wares to Chattanoogans and community visitors. We offer entrepreneurs who are hand-making, growing or otherwise creating their own goods a low-cost environment to start, grow and expand their business.
Through our weekly public markets, we encourage commerce, entertainment and trade in downtown Chattanooga, Collegedale and the surrounding region, and have become an icon for the city in terms of cultural diversity, tourism and economic impact. Frommer’s has named us as one of the Top Ten Best Public Markets in America, and Fox News selected our Chattanooga Oktoberfest® as one of the Best Family-Friendly Oktoberfests in the U.S.
Currently, we operate five weekly markets within Hamilton County. In addition, we conceptualized and operate Chattanooga WorkSpace – a facility which offers creative professionals private studios and collaboration space at the most affordable rates possible. We are expanding in 2016, and look forward to announcing these plans this spring.
At Chattanooga Market, we host a multitude of local charities throughout the season including, but not limited to, United Way Chattanooga, Erlanger Foundation, Austin Hatcher Foundation, Chambliss Children’s Home and Chattanooga Food Bank. In many cases we provide the platform for their annual fundraising efforts, which have become signature community events, held at Chattanooga Market. In 2014, our total charitable impact was over $200,000.
Governed by a Board of Directors, we have a staff of eight full-time employees and a seasonal support team of nearly three-dozen. We do not receive any local government funding, but primarily rely on the fees from our vendors, members and sponsors to fulfill our mission.