July 2013 – Andy Berke
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A recovery for the middle class

With his visit to Chattanooga, President Obama could not have picked a better place to highlight the economic recovery already in place and the need for all of us to work together to bolster the middle class. The president’s plan ignites a needed discussion on how we spur a renaissance in manufacturing, make strategic investments…

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First 100 Days in Office

For 100 days now, Mayor Andy Berke has been preparing.  Operating out of his third-floor corner office in City Hall, Berke’s first three months as mayor have seen him laying groundwork for the remaining 1,300 days in his term. He has assembled his team and established his priorities.  In one week, he presents his first…

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Mayor Andy Berke announces change to police take-home car policy

This morning, Mayor Andy Berke held a press conference to announce changes to the police and fire department’s Take-Home Car Policy. The new policy will no longer charge officers who live outside the city limits for the miles accrued within the city limits. This revises an unpopular policy implemented several years ago that charged any…

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Now Is Our Time

  Today, 94 days later, I’d like to return to the subject of my Inauguration: where we are in the Chattanooga story. You know this narrative better than most. Our arc from the dirtiest city in America to the home of Volkswagen, the gig, and a vibrant downtown is a study in community transformation. Since…

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Mayor Andy Berke summarizes early days in office

Nearly 100 days into his term as mayor, Andy Berke addressed hundreds of Rotary Club members over lunch Thursday at the Chattanooga Convention and Trade Center, touting his work and challenging the group to support his goals. “We are transforming the culture of government,” Berke said. “City government is morphing from an institution based on…

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First Burgers with Berke

On a typical day, Mayor Andy Berke eats lunch at his desk or in a meeting.  On Tuesday, he sat down to a burger at Armando’s Restaurant on Lee Highway, along with 50 constituents, supporters and patrons of the restaurant. It was the mayor’s first Burgers with Berke event, a new initiative in which he…

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Burger with Berke

During my time in the legislature, I tried to think about how every decision I made would effect the people back home. I learned the importance of staying connected to the people who elected me to represent their values. I want to make sure I have the chance to hear directly from you – your…

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Public Safety Council holds first meeting

“As we look at what’s going on in our city, it makes all the sense in the world to be meeting together, talking together on a regular basis and, most importantly, cooperating so that the priorities we have are what we can share and make the most impact on,” Berke said.  The meeting came one…

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