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The Chattanooga Region is in It for the Long Haul 

The new Freight Hub database underscores the Greater Chattanooga Region’s logistics know-how. 

By Kevin Litwin on August 29, 2022

Chattanooga TN
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Greater Chattanooga and its many logistics advantages have earned the nickname “The Silicon Valley of Freight,” and that reputation will grow even more with the development of a Greater Chattanooga Freight Hub database.

Cleveland State Community College (CSCC), along with Georgia Tech and Chattanooga-based Thrive Regional Partnership, are collaborating to create an always-updated freight database.

The project is designed to better understand freight capacity limits along with the best multimodal hauling options and other transportation-related issues in the tri-state area of Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama.

CSCC was chosen because it offers a logistics and supply chain management degree program, so its student technicians will maintain the Freight Hub database.

The project is also designed to connect more students to career opportunities in the transportation industry.

Thrive officials say one in eight people in Greater Chattanooga works in the transportation sector. The tri-state region is blessed with access to major interstate corridors, Class I freight rail services, river barge shipping and air assets.

The local transportation network serves many key industries and corporate headquarters such as Covenant Transport, Kenco and U.S. Xpress. Inc. magazine identified 13 companies in Greater Chattanooga that are among the nation’s fastest-growing firms, and eight of those companies are involved with logistics.

And it’s no surprise because a third of the U.S. population (131 million people) lives within a day’s drive of the region.

If you’d like to learn more about the Greater Chattanooga area, check out the latest edition of Chattanooga Region Economic Development.

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