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:
Collection 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
Economic impact analysis and modeling
Budgetary and operational reviews
Assessment of community conditions
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
“Empower organizations to better serve community needs.”
“Providing independent evaluations and research to inform decision making that impacts the way communities think, live, work, and interact.”
Meet The Board
Retired, Hamilton County Government, Executive Assistant
Edna Varner, EdD Governance
Senior Advisor, Public Education Foundation-Chattanooga
Jim Catanzaro, PhD
Past President, Chattanooga
State Community College
Ben Wygal, PhD
Assistant to the President,
Southern Adventist University
Benjamin Pitts, JD
Herman Walldorf Commercial
Donna McConnico, Secretary
Signal Centers, Inc.
Erskine Oglesby, Jr.
Dave Buck, PhD
Chattanooga Autism Center
Suzy Anthony, Treasurer
United Way of Greater Chattanooga
Community Resource Specialist , ArcTN
Mary Tanner, PhD
Dean Emeritus, Independent Consultant, UT Chattanooga