Introducing theAmp

Introducing theAmp

On May 30, nearly 100 people gathered at the Selmer Farmers Market to brainstorm ideas for the future of McNairy County. The event was organized by TN Driving Innovation, a program of theCO that uses mobile labs to take workshops and tech education to 55 counties throughout the state of Tennessee. Big Table, Big Ideas, marked the launch of Driving Innovation’s third mobile lab, theAmp, which is designed to help rural communities amplify their local resources and strengthen connections between people and the places they share. 

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Looking Back on Five Years at theCO with Austin Thompson

Looking Back on Five Years at theCO with Austin Thompson

Five years ago, theCO was just starting out and not nearly as well-known. Austin Thompson, one of theCO’s earliest members, sat down to tell us how he got involved all those years ago and why he continues to stick around. Austin has two companies, Thompson Industries, where he does social media marketing and small business consulting, and Random Pieces of Wood, which he started while at theCO, where he crafts laser engraved gifts.

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Dev Catalyst Celebrates Another Great Trip to San Francisco

Dev Catalyst Celebrates Another Great Trip to San Francisco

A few months ago, over 200 students submitted their final projects from their Dev Catalyst coding classes to our competition. Out of those, 21 exceptional students were awarded an all expenses paid tech tour of San Francisco. The trip, which is the sixth of its nature, gives students the chance to visit some top companies in Silicon Valley and discover the vast career options available to those in tech. 

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Stuck on Sticker Mule

Stuck on Sticker Mule

A fun way for Jacksonians to rep their love for their city is with Our Jackson Home’s merchandise. Sayings such as “Jackson Grown,” “Stay 731,” and “West Tennessee is the best Tennessee” adorn apparel for all ages from onesies for the newest addition to soft sweatshirts that’ll keep grandma warm. The shop also features plenty of home items such as Jackson and West TN map prints, screen-printed totes, campfire mugs, and more.

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Are You Ready For 731Day?

Are You Ready For 731Day?

Founded in 2016 by Our Jackson Home, 731Day brings the community together every year on July 31st (7/31) to celebrate the beauty of Jackson and the people in it. Falling this year on a Wednesday is the fourth annual 731Day. Each one is unique from the last. 2017 featured a Night of Storytelling at theCO and last year marked Jackson’s very first Porchfest.

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How Coding is Becoming Necessary Across Industries

How Coding is Becoming Necessary Across Industries

When most people think of coding, they tend to also think about STEM fields, the tech industry and individuals who are academically inclined and highly experienced with computers and other technology. While coding is definitely still connected to these things, thinking that its only application is to highly specific technological fields couldn’t be further from the truth. Coding is becoming an increasingly necessary skill in virtually any industry since technology is becoming more and more integral to our society as the years go on.

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