Making waves and whiskey: FreightWaves and Chattanooga Whiskey tie for Chattanooga Chamber's annual Spirit of Innovation Award

Contributed photo by Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce / Chattanooga Whiskey

The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce and a volunteer-led committee recently honored both Chattanooga Whiskey and FreightWaves as 2019 Spirit of Innovation Award recipients, the second tie in the award's nearly 20-year history.

The Chattanooga Chamber champions member businesses and promotes regional economic growth. Our mission demands we lead efforts which create a healthy business climate, including promoting and celebrating innovative business practices.

Innovation drives the financial success and global competitiveness of local industry. By highlighting successfully implemented innovations, we celebrate what makes the Chattanooga region an ideal place to build businesses, products and processes of the future.

The Spirit of Innovation Award applauds local innovation that drives economic growth, positive impact and a resilient economy. A volunteer-led committee of community business and tech leaders selects Spirit of Innovation Award finalists who meet these criteria:

* The company or organization maintains a meaningful presence in the Chattanooga region through company headquarters or the innovation being developed here.