Our History

The Creative Coast is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization supported by The City of Savannah and SEDA. We exist to nurture the members of our community engaged in creative or innovative endeavors and to cultivate an environment in which they can thrive.

The Creative Coast was founded in 1997 by a group of volunteers as CBETA (Coastal Business & Technology Alliance of Savannah). In 2004, under the leadership of Chris Miller, the name changed to The Creative Coast Initiative. Still under Chris Miller’s leadership in 2007 the name was changed to The Creative Coast Alliance. During the time period of 2008 – 2010 The Creative Coast Alliance was under the guidance of SEDA (Savannah Economic Development Authority). In 2010 Jake Hodesh became the Executive Director and transitioned the organization from The Creative Coast Alliance to The Creative Coast. In 2013, The Creative Coast transitioned to a 501(c)3 non-profit organization from a 501(c)6 organization.

Three years later The Creative Coast has a stronger foundation and understanding of the community it serves with an autonomous independent board of directors and funding through the City of Savannah and SEDA. Programs and events have been developed to better meet the needs of the creative community that is Savannah. By focusing on creative entrepreneurialism, technology, new media, art, music, and food culture we are helping support and shape the future of Savannah.

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