River City Company has played an integral role in the redevelopment and revitalization of Downtown Chattanooga. Created as a private non-profit in 1986 to implement a 20-year twenty-two mile blueprint for Chattanooga's riverfront and downtown development, the non-profit was originally capitalized with $12 million from local foundations and financial institutions.

By working with local government, the private sector and the philanthropic sector, River City Company supported and developed specific real estate projects in Downtown Chattanooga.

From the fulfillment of the initial recommendations of the Moccasin Bend Task Force for the development of the Tennessee Riverwalk, to the development of the Tennessee Aquarium, the redevelopment of the Kirkman High School site, fulfillment of the 21st Century Waterfront Plan and the Majestic Theater, River City Company has been most successful as a public purpose development company.

The Planning and Design Center, a department within River City Company, not only facilitated the planning and design of many of these major real estate development projects but gave citizens a voice by engaging them in the planning process. 

River City Company was happy to be named a green|light business that focuses on operating as a responsible environmental steward.