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Front Page - Friday, September 6, 2019

United Way breaks ground on Guerry Hub for Social Innovation




The United Way of Greater Chattanooga has set aside a portion of its downtown office as a physical working and meeting space for a network of people and processes that will “drive innovation and collaboration among diverse sectors,” the organization says in a news release.

Called the John P. Guerry Hub for Social Innovation, the space will “move the needle on key indicators of education, health and wellbeing and family stability, create a culture shift in collaborative and collective impact and increase the effectiveness of the social sector,” the United Way added.

The goal of The Hub is to align community leaders, nonprofits and companies with each other and with the resources necessary to address the Chattanooga community’s most critical issues, says Lesley Scearce, CEO and president of the United Way of Greater Chattanooga.

“This space is meant to be a gift to the problem-solvers in our community – those who care about Greater Chattanooga and want to work with diverse people from various sectors in our community toward solutions that create collective impact.”

The Hub for Social Innovation is intended as a tribute to Guerry’s decades of United Way leadership, his dedication to his community and his work as a longtime philanthropist and advocate.

Donors who contributed to the Hub include the Guerry family, the Hamico Foundation, the Maclellan Foundation, Unum, Smart Furniture, Shaw, Coca-Cola, Helen Pregulman and the Decosimo family.

The United Way anticipates the space will open for use in the first quarter of 2020.

Source: United Way of

Greater Chattanooga