Moving to a new city can be a stressful experience, but a group of community leaders hopes a new monthly meet-up will make the transition for Chattanooga newcomers a bit easier.

ChattaNewbies is a partnership between River City Co., the Edney Innovation Center, Causeway, Society of Work and Lamp Post Properties. The collective will offer monthly meet-ups at various locations to help introduce new residents to what the city has to offer.

The next meet-up is scheduled for Feb. 22 at Odd Story Brewing Co. It will be hosted by Chattanooga Sports Leagues, a local intramural sports and social organization.


Guests are encouraged to mingle with locals, ask questions, and make new friends and connections during the 90-minute happy hour-style event.

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Each month’s meet-up will also offer a theme. This month’s theme is “play,” highlighting CSL’s recreational sports and social events. Newbies can sign up for a variety of sports at the event, including kickball, softball and soccer.

“When moving to a new city, it can be tough to leave your favorite coffee shop, let alone all your friends behind,” said Meagan Shinn, program manager for River City Co. “Our organizations came together to launch ChattaNewbies to welcome new faces, while also introducing themto the community that we love.”

Two trial meet-ups have already occurred: a kickoff in Miller Plaza in December and a January meet-up at the Tomorrow Building.

The February event is now open for registration, and guests will enjoy free beer from the brewery.

Registration can be made here.

“Newbies can be anyone who has moved here in the past year or so,” Shinn said. “Whether you’re fresh meat or moved back to Chattanooga after some time away, we want to meet you and get you plugged into the city.”‘s parent company is Lamp Post Group, but editorial decisions for this publication are made independently of Lamp Post Group.