ABOUT US

What We Do

The Ochs Center is the only organization in the Chattanooga region that provides a full array of research and data analysis services for local non-profit organizations and local government:

  • Collects and analysis of administrative data from government agencies or non-profit programs

  • Public policy and best practices research

  • Survey design and analysis

  • Roundtables and focus groups

  • Program evaluation

  • Economic impact analysis and modeling

  • Budgetary and operational reviews

  • Assessment of community conditions

 

History

The Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies began serving the Chattanooga community as the Metropolitan Council for Community Services in 1962. The Metropolitan Council was the community’s first non-governmental health and human services planning agency. Acting as the planning arm for the local United Way, the Metropolitan Council was instrumental in the development of numerous community based efforts to provide services to children and the poor.

In 2000, the Metropolitan Council became the Community Research Council (CRC). CRC provided data collection and analysis services to non-profit organizations and local government. In addition, CRC housed the Southeast Tennessee Neighborhood Information Service, which in 2004 produced a major study on literacy in Hamilton County.

CRC became the Ochs Center for Metropolitan Studies in August 2008, to better reflect an increasing focus on policy issues that affect both the Chattanooga region metropolitan areas nationally.

 

Vision, Mission, and Values

 

Vision: 

“Empower organizations to better serve community needs.”

Mission:

“Providing independent evaluations and research to inform decision making that impacts the way communities think, live, work, and interact.”

Values:

  • Accuracy
  • Collaboration
  • Objectivity
  • Ethical Practices
  • Equity
 
 

Meet The Board

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Jeannine Grogg, 
Chair

Retired, Hamilton County Government, Executive Assistant
 

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Edna Varner, EdD Governance

Senior Advisor, Public Education Foundation-Chattanooga

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Jim Catanzaro, PhD

Past President, Chattanooga
State Community College

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Ben Wygal, PhD

Assistant to the President,
Southern Adventist University

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Elder Whitt Welborn

Consultant, Washington D.C., Publishing

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Benjamin Pitts, JD
Vice Chair

Vice President,
Herman Walldorf Commercial
Real Estate

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Donna McConnico, Secretary

CEO,
Signal Centers, Inc.

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Erskine Oglesby, Jr.

Community Volunteer

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Brent Goldberg

Chief of Staff,
City of Chattanooga

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Suzy Anthony, Treasurer

Vice President, 
United Way of Greater Chattanooga

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Hal Baker

Community Resource Specialist , ArcTN

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Mary Tanner, PhD

Dean Emeritus, Independent Consultant, UT Chattanooga

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Dave Buck, PhD

Executive Director,
Chattanooga Autism Center

Meet the Team

Partnerships

Social Work Office of Research & Public
 
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Maryanne Cunningham
CEO
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Catherine Wershing
Intern
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Elizabeth DeGeorge
Communications Director
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Joyce Bridges
Consultant
 

Clients

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Sponsorships

 

The Ochs Center

1400 McCallie Avenue, STE 300

Chattanooga TN 37404

 

Or

PO Box 4160

Chattanooga, TN 37405

maryanne.cunningham1@gmail.com

865-924-5913

Changing the way

Chattanooga thinks.

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