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CPD Committed to Open Data through Police Data Initiative Commitment

By Berke For Mayor | May 5, 2016

In May of 2014, Mayor Andy Berke signed an executive order establishing an Open Data Policy for the City of Chattanooga. Since that time, the City has taken a number of steps as directed by Mayor Berke’s order, including creating an open data portal as well as participating in the White House’s Police Data Initiative.…

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Mayor Berke Challenges Businesses and Organizations to be Family Friendly

By Berke For Mayor | April 27, 2016

On April 27, Mayor Andy Berke launched his Family Friendly Workplace Challenge along with the first businesses and organizations signed on to take the Challenge. Berke announced the Challenge on Monday night during his third State of the City Address. During a press conference today at the Edney Center for Innovation, Tennessee American Water and…

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State of the City Address (April 25, 2016)

By Berke For Mayor | April 26, 2016

For the last two weeks, we have seen some of the worst acts imaginable by a small group of young men determined to harm each other, often with the shooter one night becoming the target the next. And we have responded by putting every single officer on the street, from the chief on down, to…

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City Announces Additional New Safety Measures to Combat Violence

By Berke For Mayor | April 23, 2016

On April 22, the City of Chattanooga announced two new safety measures to combat violence: a partnership to add technology to enhance investigations and increase prosecution as well as a new community coalition to strengthen citywide efforts. Over the last two weeks, the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) has responded to an increase in gang-related violence…

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INNOVATION DISTRICTS: THE CHATTANOOGA STORY

By Berke For Mayor | April 11, 2016

By clustering talent, startups, established firms, nonprofits, research institutions and cultural assets, innovation districts encourage people to come together in places that can incubate creativity and serve as labs for forward-looking concepts and policies. Innovation districts help bridge gaps and build partnerships across sectors, creating larger ecosystems that foster heightened creativity and technological breakthroughs and…

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MAYOR ANDY BERKE SIGNS EXECUTIVE ORDER ESTABLISHING MAYOR’S TASK FORCE TO STRENGTHEN MINORITY-OWNED BUSINESSES

By Berke For Mayor | March 7, 2016

Today, Mayor Andy Berke signed an executive order establishing a community coalition to identify the challenges faced and propose solutions to strengthen minority-owned businesses in Chattanooga. This task force will pull together a group of businesses owners, community leaders, and economic development experts to develop an action plan and provide recommendations. On Wednesday, February 24,…

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Chattanooga’s ‘Layered’ Entrepreneurial Ecosystem is a Small-Town Recipe, Kauffman Foundation Study Shows

By Berke For Mayor | February 23, 2016

Chattanooga, Tenn.’s long history of collaboration and public-private partnerships paved the way for an entrepreneurial ecosystem that permeates the city’s economic development strategy, according to a research paper released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. The report, which outlines steps that provide implications for small cities around the country, identifies multiple layers of intertwined…

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Mayor’s Council Tackles Challenges for Women

By Berke For Mayor | January 25, 2016

Diana Bullock didn’t believe what she was hearing, so she decided to check things out herself. She got on a CARTA bus on Market Street recently and headed out to Hamilton Place mall, determined to find out just how long it would take someone to get there from downtown. “An hour and 49 minutes,” Bullock…

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Mayor Andy Berke Issues City Directive Regarding Hazing And Bullying

By Berke For Mayor | January 5, 2016

Mayor Andy Berke issued a mayoral directive on Tuesday to the Chattanooga Youth & Family Development (YFD) Department, directing leadership to proactively address any potential for hazing within city facilities and safeguard YFD students against such abuse. The order comes after three Ooltewah High basketball players were charged with the aggravated rape of a 15-year-old…

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From Chattanooga to the Moon – Mayor Berke Named 2015 Municipal Leader of the Year

By Berke For Mayor | December 29, 2015

On July 16, 2015 disaster struck Chattanooga, Tenn. That morning, a gunman opened fire on two military installations in the city. First at a recruitment center, then at a U.S. Navy Reserve post. Four marines and a sailor were killed. A Marine recruiter and police officer were also wounded during the attack. While the city…

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