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Chattanooga Eyes Using Hearing Officer to Fight Neighborhood Blight

By Berke For Mayor | September 8, 2016

Chattanooga may bring an administrative hearing officer on board this fall to combat neighborhood blight. The administrative hearing officer, as envisioned in a proposed ordinance coming before the City Council on Tuesday, can levy fines of up to $500 per code violation instead of the normal $50 environmental court fine. For properties where the owner does…

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Mayor Berke Announces Re-Election and Names Early Learning as a Top Priority

By Berke For Mayor | September 6, 2016

Tuesday afternoon, in front of a crowd of over 150 city residents, Andy Berke announced he would seek re-election as Mayor of Chattanooga. Joined on stage by his family and introduced by his wife, Monique, Berke cited several first term accomplishments but focused most of his speech on issues he would prioritize during a second…

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Fire Department to Hire More Firefighters with Federal Grant

By Berke For Mayor | September 1, 2016

The Chattanooga Fire Department is in the unique position of being able to hire additional firefighters soon, thanks to a federal grant. The Department of Homeland Security notified the fire department recently that the grant application of $1,840,356 from the Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant has been approved, which will allow…

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NYT: Chattanooga’s Innovation District Beckons to Young Entrepreneurs

By Berke For Mayor | August 16, 2016

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — From Boston to Seattle, cities across the country are vying to create technology hubs, spurring real estate developments to attract start-ups and young entrepreneurs. To the south, this smaller but thriving city is seeing returns on its effort to do the same. Chattanooga has leveraged its lightning-fast broadband connections to develop a…

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Mayors Berke and Coppinger Join to Establish Mayor’s Art Award

By Berke For Mayor | May 20, 2016

Today, Mayors Andy Berke and Jim Coppinger announced the creation of a new Mayor’s Art Award. A partnership with the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor’s Art Award will recognize businesses that support our area’s artist community. “Art expresses the unique identity of our city,” said Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. “Our collection of Public…

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Citizen Safety Coalition Launches Operation SAFETY, Releases Community Questionnaire

By Berke For Mayor | May 19, 2016

On April 22, Mayor Andy Berke established a Citizen Safety Coalition to find ways to engage individuals within neighborhoods to foster strong, stable relationships as well as recommend tactics for keeping young men and women out of trouble, especially during the summer months. Since that time, over 125 people have signed up to be a…

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Mayor Berke’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 Released to Public

By Berke For Mayor | May 17, 2016

This afternoon, during a City Council Budget and Finance Committee session, Mayor Berke’s Administration presented the first glimpse of the Fiscal Year 2017 City of Chattanooga budget. The estimated general fund revenue for fiscal year 2017 for the City of Chattanooga is $230,275,000 and the allocations within the budget, including over $3.5 million for paving,…

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Mayor Berke Keynotes Global Summit on Countering Violent Extremism

By Berke For Mayor | May 11, 2016

On May 11, 2016, Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke addressed a global delegation of leaders from cities and countries across the world regarding the July 16, 2015, terror attack and provided feedback on ways cities can establish their own strategies to counter violent extremism. The first annual Strong Cities Network Global Summit is currently being held…

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This City is Giving Super-Fast Internet to Poor Students

By Berke For Mayor | May 10, 2016

Homework is hard. Homework when you don’t have an internet connection can be impossible. Around 5 million homes with school-age children don’t have high speed internet, according to the Pew Research Center. In Chattanooga, Tennessee, 22.5% of residents live in poverty, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, and nearly 25,000 kids are on the public…

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New Avondale Youth & Family Center; $6 Million Capital Project will Strengthen East Chattanooga Area

By Berke For Mayor | May 6, 2016

In early May, a room full of community members joined Mayor Andy Berke as he announced the City of Chattanooga will be investing over $6 million into East Chattanooga through the building of a new Avondale Youth & Family Development (YFD) Center. The new center will be built from the ground up at the site…

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