About GCEP

The Greater Chattanooga Economic Partnership (GCEP) is a public-private, regional economic development partnership representing a 16-county region in Northeast Alabama, Northwest Georgia and Southeast Tennessee. GCEP focuses on building awareness of the region for business expansion and relocation. GCEP is an outgrowth of the Thrive 2055 regional planning effort and is managed through the Chattanooga Chamber Foundation in partnership with local economic development organizations throughout the region. We provide:

  • Site Selection – Facility and site evaluations. We excel because we offer a consultative approach that ensures we fully understand our clients’ critical business requirements from the beginning.
  • Workforce Support – Includes connecting clients with workforce training and hiring partners, including career centers, contract/temp firms, universities and community and technical colleges.
  • Incentive Support – Includes introductions to state economic development partners and may also include tax credits and workforce training support.
  • Community Visits – Arranging peer interviews with existing companies and contract firms as well as arranging site tours of potential properties, meetings with developers, workforce and government officials.


Our service territory includes:

  • DeKalb County, AL
  • Jackson County, AL
  • Catoosa County, GA
  • Dade County, GA
  • Murray County, GA
  • Walker County, GA
  • Whitfield County, GA
  • Bledsoe County, TN
  • Bradley County, TN
  • Hamilton County, TN
  • McMinn County, TN
  • Marion County, TN
  • Meigs County, TN
  • Polk County, TN
  • Rhea County, TN
  • Sequatchie County, TN



With generous support from our investors, the Chattanooga region has successfully supported numerous small businesses and entrepreneurs – as well as global companies like Volkswagen, Amazon and Google.

Our strong base of homegrown companies includes: 

  • Unum
  • Maples Industries
  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee
  • McKee Foods
  • CBL Properties
  • Shaw Industries
  • Lodge Manufacturing 

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