Viget’s Newest Office Location: Chattanooga, TN
As we approach Viget’s 20th anniversary, we’re excited to announce our newest expansion, to Chattanooga, Tennessee. We think Chattanooga is a Viget kind of town, and we're excited to be a part of the community.
In just a few months, we’ll be celebrating 20 years since Viget first opened its doors just outside of Washington, D.C. Since then, we’ve opened our first remote office in Durham, North Carolina (2007) and expanded out west to Boulder, Colorado (2010). Each new office has given us access to new talent, diversified our culture, and provided new communities to invest in. As we approach Viget’s 20th anniversary, we’re excited to announce our newest expansion, to Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Conventional wisdom in our industry is to open sales offices in major markets with access to larger clients. We think the best clients prioritize the talent, cohesion, and dependability of a proven project team over the location of a salesperson. By focusing on smaller U.S. markets that offer a great quality of life and lower cost of living, we’re able to achieve our long-term growth plans in a more predictable, sustainable way.
Chattanooga is a great place to live, work, and build a team. The city has embraced tech and innovation, becoming one of the first cities with access to gigabit internet and a smart grid, laying the groundwork to become one of America’s smartest cities. It has all the ingredients needed for a sustainable creative tech community: solid infrastructure, great dining and entertainment options, countless outdoor activities, welcoming neighborhoods to live in, and a supportive entrepreneurial culture among both digital and traditional businesses.
Earlier this year, as we evaluated locations, I had the pleasure of meeting with Chattanooga’s Mayor, Andy Berke. I was immediately impressed with his vision and leadership, and happy to hear his goal of bringing more creative tech companies like Viget to the area.
"Chattanooga is a city of creators, and with assets like having the fastest, cheapest, most pervasive internet in the country we're able to attract diverse and talented companies like Viget," Berke said.
We agree, and we couldn’t think of a better place to continue to innovate, learn, and grow for years to come than Chattanooga.
Zach Robbins and Curt Arledge have started the adventure by putting their young families’ roots down as we set up an office. Today, they’re based out of The Edney Innovation Center at Society of Work while they get acclimated to the community. We’re lucky to have lots of friends there already, including Carbon Five, Sasha Group (a Vayner X company), Humanaut, and Simple Focus.
It’s no coincidence that Chattanooga mixes the topography and outdoor scene of Boulder with the burgeoning tech scene of Durham’s startup community and Research Triangle Park (RTP). Over the next couple of years, we hope to grow our fourth office to 25 of the best digital professionals in the industry. But for us, growth isn’t a goal in its own right – it’s the result of other things going well. Things like finding and hiring great people, working with interesting and challenging clients, growing our skills and influence, and being active, supportive members of the communities we’re in.
We think Chattanooga is a Viget kind of town, and we're excited to be a part of the community.