Newsletter

May 2010


Ochs Center Research Details Chattanooga Region Strengths and Challenges

In a December speech to the Downtown Rotary Club, Ochs Center CEO David Eichenthal used four numbers to describe Chattanooga's "singular success" as a turnaround city and the challenges that continue to face the city in the areas of poverty, prenatal care and education.

Read the full speech

Read the Times Free Press editorial  


Ochs Center Analysis of Local Visioning Effort

In April 2010, Chattanooga STAND released an Ochs Center report examining more than 26,000 responses to the STAND questionnaire. The report highlighted public concern about the region's human capital challenges in the areas of education, jobs and crime.

Read the report.  

Read the Times Free Press article. 


Survey Finds One in Five Hamilton County Kindergartners Lacked Pre-Kindergarten Programs

A first-ever survey of 2,363 parents registering children for kindergarten found that nearly 20% of children were beginning school without any past participation in child care or preschool programs. Children most at risk were more than twice as likely not to have participated in pre-school programs designed to increase school readiness. The survey, funded by the Community Foundation, found that participation rates were lowest for children between birth and age three.

Read the report.  

Read the Times Free Press article. 

Read an op-ed in the Times Free Press. 


Governor, Education Commissioner Highlight Need for Community Support at Race to the Top Summit

Working with HCDE, the Ochs Center facilitated a Race to the Top Summit to bring together civic, business and elected leaders to discuss the implications of the new First to the Top law and the award of $500 million to Tennessee under the Race to the Top Initiative. Based on earlier research, the Ochs Center is also working with HCDE, the Benwood Foundation and the Public Education Foundation on efforts to improve teacher recruitment, hiring and preparation, as well as supporting continuing efforts at improving student performance under the Benwood Initiative.

Read the Chattaratti article.

Read the Times Free Press article.


Ochs Continues Focus on Food with Study on Access Finding Residents of Low Income Neighborhoods Pay More

A December 2009 study by the Ochs Center found that residents of some parts of Hamilton County without grocery stores pay prices thirty percent higher than the county average. As a result of the report, members of the General Assembly have introduced a Food Desert Relief Act to create financial incentives to locate in underserved neighborhoods. An earlier Ochs Center report on local food production and consumption was highlighted as the Benwood Foundation announced its new initiative, Gaining Ground, designed to spur consumption of locally grown food.

Read the report.

Read the Times Free Press article.

Read the Times Free Press article.


First-Ever Study Focused on Tennessee Metro Areas Highlights Role in State Economy

Metropolitan Tennessee is the Ochs Centers first-ever analysis of the role of the state's ten metropolitan areas in jobs, human capital and state tax revenue. Praise from local and national leaders: Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton Jr. Said the study's "findings sharply underscore the need to make sure that Memphis is positioned to be as competitive as possible in all of these economic drivers: college attainment, workforce development, talent retention, and small business growth." Nashville Mayor Karl Dean noted that, "the study highlights how metropolitan areas cut across urban, suburban and rural areas. By working together, we can ensure the strength of metropolitan areas and the long term prosperity of all state residents." Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program Deputy Director Amy Liu said that, "Metropolitan Tennessee comes at an optimal moment. State leaders should heed this report's findings."

Read the report.

Read the Times Free Press article.  


Public Performance Measurement and Reporting Network Annual Conference in Chattanooga

The Ochs Center co-hosted the annual Public Performance and Reporting Network Conference, along with PPMRN based in Rutgers University in Newark, NJ. The conference brought together professionals in government and nonprofits in the field of performance measurement.


In Georgia, Ochs Study Details Job Benefits of Energy Efficiency

As part of a series of studies examining economic and financial issues related to the construction of new coal-fired power plants in the Southeast United States, the Ochs Center analysis found that the implementation of energy efficiency initiatives in 43 Georgia counties would create the equivalent of $3.1 billion in economic activity and 17,000 years of employment.

Read the report. 

Read the Journal Constitution story. 

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