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Active voters make democracy healthy

By Andy Berke | September 4, 2018

I joined members of our Mayor’s Youth Council last week for a discussion about voting, sponsored by Let America Vote. The statistics about voting in Tennessee are grim: We ranked 40th in the nation for voter registration and 50th for turnout in the last midterm elections. During early voting in the recent August primaries, Hamilton…

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City settles with GE Power to pay $6 million back to taxpayers

By Berke For Mayor | February 3, 2017

February 3, 2017 — Today Mayor Berke and Mayor Coppinger announced an agreement reached with GE Power to pay back $6 million to the City of Chattanooga and Hamilton County related to tax breaks awarded during the Littlefield Administration in 2012. A little over a year ago GE bought Alstom’s power operations and later announced…

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Mayor Berke announces plans to clean up old Lupton City Mill Site

By Berke For Mayor | January 6, 2017

January 6, 2017 — Today Mayor Berke and Councilman Jerry Mitchell were joined by residents of the Lupton City neighborhood to announce the cleanup of the old Dixie Yarn Factory Mill. Lupton City was once a thriving mill town built by John T Lupton in 1920. The mill closed in 2009, and was sold to…

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Mayor Berke pledges $1 million from city for new children’s hospital

By Berke For Mayor | December 22, 2016

December 22, 2017 — Mayor Berke announced today that the City of Chattanooga would be pledging $1 million over four years to help build a new Children’s Hospital at Erlanger in honor of the victims of the Woodmore Bus Crash and their families. “On November 20, 2016 the staff here were asked to care for…

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Grand Opening of New Chattanooga Family Justice Center

By Berke For Mayor | October 26, 2016

October 26, 2017 — Today, Mayor Berke was joined by Councilwoman Carol Berz and community partners to cut the ribbon for a new Family Justice Center (FJC) in Chattanooga. The FJC serves as a one-stop center for free services for victims of domestic violence. In the past, services for victims of domestic violence were scattered…

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Chattanooga Open Data Report Shows Growth in Use, Available Data

By Berke For Mayor | September 27, 2016

Today, the City of Chattanooga released the 2016 Open Data Report, which reflects on the City’s progress and looks to the future on ensuring transparency and accessibility of public data online. Under an Executive Order issued in 2014, Mayor Andy Berke increased transparency in city government through development of an open data policy and creation…

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Chattanooga Launches One of First Electric Vehicle Ride Share Programs in U.S.

By Berke For Mayor | September 14, 2016

Twenty-six years after the Chattanooga Area Regional Transportation Authority debuted one of the country’s first all-electric downtown shuttle services, Chattanooga will soon become one of the first cities in the nation with an electric vehicle ride share program. Within the next couple of weeks, 20 Nissan Leafs will be stationed in various parking facilities in…

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Chattanooga Launches Website to Guide Convicts through Expungement, Voting

By Berke For Mayor | September 13, 2016

The city of Chattanooga on Monday launched a website aimed at helping people with criminal histories regain the right to vote and expunge their records. The website,, provides information on the expungement and voting restoration processes. Anyone convicted of a felony in Tennessee after 1981 is ineligible to vote, according to state law, but…

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PODCAST: The Future of Our Miller Park District

By Berke For Mayor | September 10, 2016

The future of Chattanooga’s city center will look very different. By 2018 the number of people residing in our downtown will have doubled and the public spaces that we take for granted will be completely transformed. In today’s episode we sit down with Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Landscape Architect Wes Michaels, & City of Chattanooga’s…

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Mayor Berke Convenes Family Friendly Workplace Challenge Summit

By Berke For Mayor | September 9, 2016

Today, Mayor Andy Berke and participants of the Family Friendly Workplace Challenge convened a Summit to recognize businesses — both large and small — committed to working families. Businesses that accepted the Challenge spent the summer months engaging their employees and reviewing policies before implementing a strategy to support working families and then sharing their…

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