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Deb Socia to Retire from the Enterprise Center in Chattanooga

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Deb Socia to Retire from the Enterprise Center in Chattanooga

Chattanooga’s Enterprise Center’s Executive Director, Deb Socia, announced her plans to retire later this year following five successful years of service. Socia has been instrumental in leading a statewide initiative to bridge the digital divide and has immensely contributed to entrepreneurial development in the state.

Pioneer of Digital Equity and Broadband Adoption

Before her arrival in Chattanooga in 2019, Deb Socia served as a teacher and principal in Boston, focusing on digital equity and broadband adoption. She took up the role of the Enterprise Center’s fourth head, a position previously established by Former Chattanooga Mayor and U.S. Senator Bob Corker in 2002 to endorse innovation and technology enhancement within the city.

Acknowledging her Work and Achievements

“Deb’s passion for people and her tireless work to bring access and resources to communities has been a driving force behind the Enterprise Center’s impact, partnerships, and growth,” said Sydney Crisp, the Enterprise Center Board Chair, while appreciating Socia’s leadership, especially during the uncertainties of the pandemic. A search for a successor has already commenced.

Developing Internet Accessibility and Skills

Socia’s efforts have resulted in bringing the ‘Tech Goes Home’ program to Tennessee, subsequently expanding broadband access and digital skills for countless residents. Moreover, her guidance helped implement HCS EdConnect, which was fashioned by Hamilton County Schools and EPB to provide internet access to over 17,000 students and their families. Under her watch, the ‘Tech Goes Home Tennessee’ initiative has graduated over 11,000 individuals, equipping them with the skills and laptops necessary for participating in the digital economy.

Confidence in the Future

Despite stepping down, Socia maintained confidence in the progress of the center. “As I step back, I’ve never been more certain that the infrastructure is in place to continue this work and help residents across all our communities experience more equitable access to resources,” explained Socia, adding she believes the team will carry on successfully.

Post Retirement Plans

After her retirement, Socia plans to stay in Chattanooga, attributing her decision to the network of mentors, colleagues, and friends she has developed during her tenure. In her words, Chattanooga feels like her home. Her legacy of advancing digital equity will remain as enduring inspiration and guidance for the team she leaves behind.

Source: HERE News Network | Author: HERE News

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