Town and gown should grow closer in downtown Chattanooga, officials said Tuesday, as they broke ground on a new $70 million University of Tennessee at Chattanooga dormitory on the campus' western edge.
"This development is the first step," said Kim White, president and CEO of River City Co., the nonprofit company whose mission is downtown development, as she joined UTC Chancellor Steve Angle and other officials for an afternoon groundbreaking ceremony at Vine and Houston streets.
She recalled her first meeting with Angle, who was picked in February 2013 to lead UTC.
"Chancellor Angle, will you help me get students downtown?" White asked, to which she said Angle replied, "Will you help me get the community on campus?"