"East Chattanooga is rising. We’re going to use economic development to drive community development in a way that will benefit everyone.” — Mayor Andy Berke


The former Harriet Tubman housing site offers the City of Chattanooga and our many neighborhood partners a unique opportunity to unite economic development with community development in the heart of East Chattanooga. This page will provide an updated and detailed timeline regarding the City of Chattanooga’s ongoing work at the Tubman site.

What is a TIF?

Tax increment financing (TIF) is a tool used by municipal governments to stimulate economic development in a targeted geographical area. TIF's are used to finance redevelopment projects or other investments using the anticipation of future tax revenue resulting from new development. 


Below are the proposed TIF District Maps the City of Chattanooga presented in the application for Tax Increment Financing on and around the former Harriet Tubman site aka, the East Chattanooga RISING TIF.

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Due to the Chattanooga region’s rising COVID-19 cases, the late November Groundbreaking Event for Nippon Paint Automotive Americas was postponed. A number of representatives were scheduled to travel to Chattanooga from other states and countries.

Sometime in the first quarter of 2021, preferably Spring, Economic Development staff will work with the company to select another event date. In the meantime, construction has begun on the future LEED certified manufacturing facility.

Heavy equipment and fencing appeared on the site in December 2020 as civil engineering contractor SSOE begins moving dirt and soils to level and prepare the site for construction.