Saturday, October 25, 2014 · 8:20 p.m.

First Things First wins tech makeover from Claris

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Cloud computing and information technology company Claris Networks recently announced that First Things First is the winner of $200,000 in technology services and support. 

This is the second year the Claris—which has offices in Chattanooga, Nashville and Knoxville—has done the Cloud Giveaway, but the first time leaders have focused on the Chattanooga community. 

“We are thrilled to partner with First Things First,” Larry Bodie, CEO of Claris Networks, said in a prepared statement. “They run that organization with the highest degree of excellence, and it’s easy to see how it has influenced the community profoundly.”

He also said that this tech upgrade will provide the 13-person nonprofit with the same technology infrastructure and support as companies with hundreds of people.

Last year's winner was Knoxville-based Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee. 

The other finalists for this year's contest were Chattanooga’s Kids on the Block, Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, First Things First, Girls Inc. of Chattanooga, Hamilton County Chattanooga Project Access and Re:Start—The Center for Adult Education.

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