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Monday, August 4, 2008

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Chattanooga: Details, A Renewal Story, Cultural Offerings

Notable Chattanoogans

Arthur Golden - Author
Bessie Smith - Blues Singer
John Meacham - Editor
Leslie Jordan - Actor
Reggie White - NFL Player
Roland Hayes - Tenor
Samuel L. Jackson - Actor
Usher - R & B Singer

Chattanooga, Tennessee, the site of NASAA Assembly 2008 in September, has been touted by The New York Times as "the undiscovered gem of Tennessee, where old-school Southern manners and grand Victorian mansions meet a thoroughly modern, eco-friendly Tennessee riverfront." Chattanooga, the fourth-largest city in Tennessee, is home to 155,554 residents with estimated reports of the metropolitan area population close to 500,000. Situated in the southeast corner of the state near Georgia, the Chattanooga area is home to more than 300 kinds of trees and 900 wildflowers, more than any location on the earth except central China.

In the early 1980s Chattanooga was beset by economic hardship, social tension and urban decline. The city has since received national recognition for the revitalization of its downtown and riverfront and has been cited in textbooks as a model for citizen involvement in community planning and decision making. Arts and culture have played a big role in the revitalization of Chattanooga. The following are just a few of the fine cultural offerings Chattanooga has to experience:

For more information about what to do when you are in Chattanooga for NASAA's Assembly 2008 visit www.chattanoogafun.com/