The Buzz is one of Footprint’s strategies for investing in people who work in the areas of creative culture, environment, social justice, and learning.

It is a multi-day city site visit that brings together a diverse group of people to learn from and about another city as well each other. Traveling by bus, we visit cities in our region and use the bus as a classroom-on-wheels.

What makes The Buzz special is the unique combination of site visits, learning opportunities, and time for connection. The Buzz builds relationships – those established or strengthened as a result of getting out of town and spending time in thoughtful discussion with a group of Chattanoogans. We see the cities we visit as backdrops for relationship building and learning. And we strive to make sure the agenda is as diverse and thought provoking as the group attending.

With The Buzz, we seek to highlight stories about the city from local historians, grass roots organizations, community advocates, and other leaders.


Those invited to participate in The Buzz include a mix of Footprint grantees, potential grantees, and influencers - they are representatives of grassroots organizations and advocacy groups, civic leaders, community organizers, local activists, clergy, city employees, artists, and more.

Themes and Cities

2016, Sense of Place, Asheville NC
2017, Opportunity & Inclusion, Louisville KY
2018, Opportunity & Inclusion, Cincinnati OH
2019, Race & Equity, Montgomery AL

Planning Team

Lisa Pinckney, Footprint Foundation
Jeff Cannon, Tucker Build
Rondell Crier, Studio Everything
Martina Guilfoil, Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise
Caleb Ludwick, 26Tools
Daniela Peterson, Trust for Public Land