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Why Artists Are Buying into Chattanooga

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This story appears in the November 2011 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »
Special Report
State of the Creative Nation
Creative entrepreneurs are building new businesses while reinvigorating cities and towns across the country. We checked around to see who's creating what, and how this growing creative class contributes to economies small and large.

Chattanooga, Tenn., may be most famous for its choo-choo, but it's another engine entirely that's fueling much of the Southern city's renaissance. A number of initiatives have attracted and retained Chattanooga's working artists, helping them buy property, learn basics and work with like-minded creative entrepreneurs.

"One of the great things about Chattanooga is that we are a city that really understands partnerships and collaboration," says Helen Davis Johnson, co-founder of CreateHere, a 4-year-old nonprofit that promotes , entrepreneurism and the arts.

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