Chattizen Beta

About Chattizen

Chattizen is a citizen’s guide to local government in Chattanooga, Tenn.

Low voter turnout has become a common, yet unfortunate, refrain in our elections. Yet local government plays an important role in determining the quality of life here.

One of the reasons for this disconnect is the lack of basic information about local government. We created these tools and resources to help you navigate important public institutions.

With Chattizen, you can find out how your tax dollars are spent or learn how local government works in Chattanooga and Hamilton County. We also have a calendar of public events and a blog to stay up-to-date on this project.

We welcome your feedback to make Chattizen better. Send us an email, follow us on Twitter and Facebook, or fork our tools on Github.

Chattizen is funded with a grant from the Benwood Foundation.

Project team

David Morton is a writer and reporter for

Daniel Ryan does Web development and consulting with dryan.

Paul Rustand runs the design firm Widgets & Stone.


  • Ann Coulter
  • Tom Griscom
  • John Hawbaker
  • Danny Fell
  • Paul Grove
  • Rick Hitchcock
  • BettyeLynn Smith