EPB Teams Up with Society of Work to Collaborate, Drive Innovation

CHATTANOOGA, TN (August 28, 2017) EPB partners with Society of Work, a membership-based shared workspace, to drive innovation and partnership between EPB staff and the thriving startup and freelance community.

“This agreement reflects our commitment to supporting job creation which includes a specific focus on entrepreneurship,” said Hodgen Mainda, EPB’s vice president of community development. “We believe the give and take between EPB employees and the entrepreneurs at Society of Work will spark new ideas, opportunities and connections that will benefit our efforts and theirs.”

Society of Work, Chattanooga’s original coworking space, is now located on the sixth and seventh floors of The Edney Innovation Center where participants have access to shared desks, meeting rooms, a kitchen and invitations to events and networking. Through the partnership, about 25 members of EPB’s marketing and technical teams will have the opportunity to utilize the coworking space a couple times a month when getting off-site will benefit their work.

“EPB is setting a precedent for how other corporations in Chattanooga can more directly engage in the small business and entrepreneur community,” said Society of Work founder, Kelly Fitzgerald. “It’s especially rewarding to have EPB as a corporate partner because the Gig Internet service is an amazing asset that draws both freelancers and small businesses to Society of Work. Our members could often work from anywhere, but they choose Chattanooga, in part because of the Gig,” she said.

About Society of Work

Founded in 2013, Society of Work is Chattanooga’s premier coworking space. The membership-based shared office space creates a culture where things get done. People at Society of Work are here to build something great—startups, communities, freelance networks, and individual relationships. This woman owned and operated business has more than doubled in size since its launch, and continues to foster work space solutions for individuals and small companies. To learn more, visit societyofwork.com.

About EPB

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 more than 170,000 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. For more information, go to EPB.com


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