The National Journal continued its coverage of Chattanooga Thursday with a post on the city's challenges in providing jobs as it continues to market itself as an emerging hub for technology and manufacturing.
The post, titled "MoonPie Dreams and Startup Wishes," is part of a weeklong series the magazine has offered on the city and the perception of its growth over the years.
An identical post ran on Atlantic Cities Friday, titled "Why Chattanooga Doesn't Need Facebook."
"Chattanooga still faces challenges, especially when it comes to finding decent jobs for its less-skilled workers," the post's author, Nancy Cook, writes. "The city's poverty rate remains higher than the statewide average, and those without college degrees say they feel left behind by efforts to become a tech hub or revitalize downtown."
Cook also says the city's business leaders have made up for any difficulties experienced by workers who are bouncing back from the recession by offering relentless enthusiasm—and at one point describes Chattanooga being like "a quirky college town where people feel comfortable dreaming big."
"These practical benchmarks are not enough to dampen the enthusiasm among the city's well-educated or well-heeled residents, and that may be the biggest force pushing for the Chattanooga economy—people's attitudes," Cook writes.
Nooga.com reached out to Cook via Twitter to ask for comment on her experiences and observations while visiting Chattanooga, but Cook said she'd "prefer to let the stories speak for themselves."
Earlier in the week, Cook posted stories on both the National Journal and Atlantic Cities about Mayor Andy Berke and the city's growing tech ambition, the impact of the Tennessee River on downtown's economic resurgence and cracks that may exist in the city's job market.
Cook also offered a gallery of Instagram photos she took on her visit.
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