Chattanooga, TN (January 3, 2017) – Hodgen Mainda has joined EPB as Executive Director of Community Development effective January 3. In his new position, Mainda will continue and build on EPB’s community development efforts while leading government relations at the state level.
According to David Wade, president & CEO of EPB, Mainda’s depth of relevant experience will serve EPB well. “Hodgen has a substantial track record for working in both community and business development as well as government affairs,” Wade said. “Through his engagement he has also developed a very strong network at all levels.”
“Since coming to Chattanooga 8 years ago, I’ve made it my personal mission to support the growth and development of this community,” Mainda said. “I can’t think of a better way to do that than joining EPB where my efforts will be joined with an organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life in the local area.”
In his previous position, Mainda served as vice president for Noon Development and River Branch Strategies. Through appointment by Governor Bill Haslam, he serves on the Tennessee Education Lottery Board of Directors. He also serves as a board member for other non-profit organizations including Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Memorial Hospital Foundation, United Way of Greater Chattanooga, and UTC College of Business advisory board. He is an active member of the downtown Chattanooga Rotary Club and a graduate of Leadership Chattanooga (class of 2010). In 2014, Mainda was a co-recipient of YPAC’s Young Professional of the Year Award. Chatter magazine has recognized him as one of the 20 Under 40 individuals who are making a mark in our community.
A native of Nairobi, Kenya, he moved to Tennessee in 1997 to pursue his higher education and then moved to Chattanooga when he landed a job here. He is married to Amber and they have two small children.
Established as an independent board of the City of Chattanooga in 1935, EPB is a municipally-owned utility that provides electric power and fiber optic communications services as a means of promoting economic development and enhancing quality of life across the local area.
EPB serves nearly 180,000 homes and businesses in a 600 square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia.
In 2010, EPB became the first provider in the United States to deliver up to 1 Gig (1,000 mbps) internet speeds utilizing a community-wide fiber optic network that provides access to every home and business in its service area. In 2015, EPB became the first (and to date) only American ISP to make up to 10 Gig (10,000 mbps) internet speeds accessible to all of its residential and commercial customers as a standard offer.
EPB has also utilized its community-wide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced and highly automated smart grid power management system in the nation. In recognition of EPB’s groundbreaking infrastructure, the Department of Energy and Oak Ridge National Laboratory are utilizing EPB’s smart grid as a national model for researching and developing best practices. EPB is also the first major power distribution utility to earn the USGBC’s PEER certification for having a highly automated, modernized electric power grid.