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FY2015 BUDGET IS FOCUSED ON KEY COMMUNITY PRIORITIES

Mayor Andy Berke’s FY2015 budget, to be presented to City Council this afternoon, reflects a government relentlessly focused on the priorities of its residents; safer streets, stronger neighborhoods, growing economy, smarter students & stronger families and a high performing government. These priorities have been elevated with an eye toward effectiveness. “Through a new budgeting approach,…

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Our Growing Local Economy

Each job created in Chattanooga has the potential to change someone’s story. That’s why this week has been so important for our community. Chattanooga’s jobless rate is the lowest it’s been in six years. The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development reports the jobless rate fell to 5.6 percent in the Chattanooga metro area, a 0.9 percent…

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Chattanooga Forward: Public Meeting

Over the past few months six task forces have been investigating the topics that make our city unique: Entertainment & Attractions, Downtown, Housing, Arts & Culture, Tech, Gig, & Entrepreneurship, and Sports & Outdoors.  Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts and ideas that will move Chattanooga Forward. You will have a chance to…

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Chattanooga Forward: Public Meeting

Over the past few months six task forces have been investigating the topics that make our city unique: Entertainment & Attractions, Downtown, Housing, Arts & Culture, Tech, Gig, & Entrepreneurship, and Sports & Outdoors.  Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts and ideas that will move Chattanooga Forward. You will have a chance to…

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Chattanooga’s super-fast publicly owned Internet

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) Chattanooga, Tenn., may not be the first place that springs to mind when it comes to cutting-edge technology. But thanks to its ultra-high-speed Internet, the city has established itself as a center for innovation — and an encouraging example for those frustrated with slow speeds and high costs from private broadband providers.…

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Bike to Work Day 2014

Over the past few months six task forces have been investigating the topics that make our city unique: Entertainment & Attractions, Downtown, Housing, Arts & Culture, Tech, Gig, & Entrepreneurship, and Sports & Outdoors.  Now it’s your turn to share your thoughts and ideas that will move Chattanooga Forward. You will have a chance to…

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CHATTANOOGA FORWARD: Public Meetings

Last week I experienced firsthand what makes Chattanooga a great community.  In the first Chattanooga Forward public forum over 200 people came out to share their thoughts and participate in “dot”-ocracy. By using dots to vote on specific task force initiatives, people from all walks of life and from all parts of our city took…

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Votes in for Chattanooga Forward: Residents pick priorities at mayor’s forum

The colorful stickers circled the idea written on a large, lined sheet of paper at Thursday night’s public forum. “Enhance transportation and parking options downtown,” it was stated in a black, permanent marker. Those stickers represented each time someone voted for one of the multiple suggestions that ranged from improving downtown to enhancing entertainment options…

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City Hall to launch small business incentive program

The city of Chattanooga plans to launch a new program that will provide financial incentives to small businesses that expand their workforces. Mayor Andy Berke’s administration announced details of the program at a roundtable discussion at the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce Thursday morning. Berke said that since he came into office, City Hall has…

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Price Of Freedom: Homeless Veterans – One Man’s Story

In Mayor Andy Berke’s State of The City Address last month he set a goal to end chronic veteran homelessness in Chattanooga by the end of 2016. During the speech Mayor Berke illustrated the need to end veteran homelessness in Chattanooga by telling the story of Vietnam Veteran Norman Williams. Norman served in the Air…

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