About The Chapter
About The Chapter
The Chattanooga PMI Chapter is composed of professionals from diverse industries who share the common goal to practice Project Management based on standards set forth by the Project Management Institute. We provide for the development of our members through Training, Monthly Programs, Networking, Community Volunteer Work, as well as knowledge and information sharing via our Website.
The History of Chattanooga PMI Chapter
In the late 1990s, a number of project managers in Chattanooga, TN began attending PMI meetings in Knoxville, TN, a neighboring city two hours north of Chattanooga. It was here, with the help of the East Tennessee PMI Chapter that some of the visiting project managers began a plan to start a PMI Chapter in Chattanooga, TN.
In October 2002, two of these project managers, Steve Corlew and Nancy Collins, formed a committee consisting of East Tennessee Board Members and local project managers from four large and prominent companies servicing the Chattanooga area: TVA; Provident Life & Accident; BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee and Shaw Industries. A loan or (seed money) in the amount of $300 was provided by the East TN chapter to setup a checking account, P.O. Box and begin the state incorporation process for the new Chattanooga chapter. In an effort to prosper and pay off the loan, Steve and Nancy arranged to co-sponsor a local PMP certification class; splitting the funding, plus returning the original seed money.
In March 2003, the PMP class was held along with the first program meeting of the Chattanooga PMI chapter with nearly 40 attendees. By June 2003, the new chapter had signed its 25th member and was granted a charter by the PMI in July 2003.
In 2012, we revised our charter adding the Southern Middle Tennessee Branch of the Chattanooga chapter, becoming the first in our region with an associated branch.
From 2004-2016, the Chattanooga PMI chapter grew to an average of 250+ members. 2017 has seen growth to 300 members with a goal to acheive 500 members.