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Diversity/Inclusion

Celebrating the unique perspectives of those we serve

Providing everyone with greater opportunities to thrive

Through mentoring and training opportunities, professional development, working relationships, community outreach and more, we strive to enhance the lives with those who reflect the richness and breadth of our entire community.

Students of EPB Institute of Technology at Tyner Academy use their computers at the new learning laboratory.

Mentoring today’s students become tomorrow’s leaders

Preparing the next generation for the careers of the future is a commitment we don’t take lightly. We developed the Future Ready Institute at Tyner Academy to help prepare students for careers in computer coding and information technology. We also teach valuable computer coding languages to high school girls to help prepare them for technology career opportunities. We help Hamilton County students explore new career opportunities through the STEP-UP paid summer internship program. We mentor ninth graders from the Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy to gain self-confidence and technical skills through the SPARK program. And, we work closely with the Urban League of Greater Chattanooga to help prepare students for job opportunities they may have never thought possible.

Giving working adults a jump on career advancement

Working adults can now get an extra boost towards a rewarding career opportunity with On-Ramp. Through this unique 9-month learning/mentoring program, participants receive both continuing education as well as the skills needed to work in customer service, technical support or field services. Participants receive life and technical skills at Chattanooga State Community College and before embarking on hands-on training at EPB. We also participate in INROADS, an internship program that gives college students of color opportunities for paid internships with the world’s leading innovators. And, through a partnership with Urban League of Greater Chattanooga and the City of Chattanooga, EPB participates in the Styles Hutchins Fellowship, which gives college undergraduates of color opportunities for career development.

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Supporting the efforts of local professional organizations

We’re affiliated with The American Association of Blacks in Energy, a national association of energy professionals founded and dedicated to ensure the input of African Americans and other minorities into the discussions and developments of energy policies regulations, R&D technologies, and environmental issues. We support LaPaz Chattanooga, an organization that promotes the inclusion of the Hispanic and Latinx community through programs that engage and empower. We work with the Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute to help increase the leadership capabilities and influence of women. And, we support the continuing pursuits of Chattanooga’s LGBT community in preventing discrimination and promoting inclusion.

Practicing what we teach through working relationships

It’s always been part of EPB’s mission to include all segments of our community in the company’s procurement efforts. In fact, on average EPB spends between $3 million and $6 million per year with participating minority and women-owned businesses. This includes businesses that are primarily owned by those of African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Alaska Native, Asian-American or Pacific Islander descent. We also pursue the benefits of a diverse corporate culture. EPB is committed to employing a workforce that is reflective and inclusive of the diverse communities we serve.

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Touching people’s lives through community outreach

We partner with many local organizations to enhance the quality of life for everyone we serve. For example, we sponsor local Latin Fest celebrations as well as Latin Leadership Awards and the annual Taquiza Taco Tour with LaPaz Chattanooga.

We also sponsor the Unity Performing Arts Foundation of Chattanooga, which works to detour inner city youth from violence with opportunities to hone their creative talents. EPB and our partners enlisted local artists of color for a community mural project along 10th Street entitled “The Soul of MLK.” And, we celebrated Juneteenth in 2020 by partnering with Keeody Art Gallery to feature the work of local young artists of color on the video walls outside our downtown headquarters.

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