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It’s Up To All of Us

By Andy Berke | July 22, 2020

We’ve been enduring a different kind of life under COVID-19 for five months now and unfortunately, the virus is continuing to rapidly spread throughout the Chattanooga area. I want to thank the Chattanooga residents and businesses for working hard to help slow the spread. We must continue to do more.  This is why the City…

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By Andy Berke | July 9, 2020

I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful holiday weekend. While we may not have enjoyed the festive large gatherings that usually accompany the Fourth of July, I hope that you and your family were able to spend some time reflecting on the values that make our country so special: responsibility, sacrifice, and determination in the face of adversity. We’re certainly going to need those qualities as we adjust to life under the COVID-19 virus. …

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“Chattanooga Mayor Berke seeks mask mandate power as COVID-19 deaths rise”

By Andy Berke | June 26, 2020

By Sarah Grace Taylor As Chattanooga continues to climb national ranks for COVID-19 spread, Mayor Andy Berke is asking the state for the authority to mandate masks in public and to extend an executive order allowing virtual public meetings. During a virtual press conference Friday, Berke said he is looking for ways to curtail the…

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“A Southern mayor had careful plans to reopen the city. His governor had other ideas.”

By Andy Berke | May 1, 2020

By Ben Kesslen and Phil McCausland Andy Berke, the mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was scheduled to visit New York City in mid-March to speak about the immense economic growth of his small Southern city. The flood of the coronavirus into the United States, however, caused Berke to cancel the trip and — with an ongoing dearth of…

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Gov. Bill Lee’s TennCare block grant plan is no cure

By Andy Berke | October 15, 2019

In 2007, while running for office for the first time, I heard from a Marion County man named Terry who told me that his family was having trouble getting quality, affordable health care. He said that was the most important issue to him, and asked me to fight for him. Today, Tennesseans’ health care is…

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East Chattanooga Is Rising

By Andy Berke | September 23, 2019

“This is about more than just a big economic development deal — this opens a new chapter in the story of this historic neighborhood.”— Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke In 2013, the administration of newly-elected Mayor Andy Berke began working with the Chattanooga Housing Authority to buy the Harriet Tubman Housing site — a property which had suffered…

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Investing In Our Most Important Assets: Chattanooga’s Families

By Andy Berke | September 10, 2019

Early-childhood education is not only a priority of Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke it’s a passion. “I have two daughters and their worst days are my worst days,” Mayor Berke said. “Educators help give children a head start and parents a peace of mind.” Since his inauguration in 2013, Mayor Berke has continued to make early learning a…

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“Neighboroots” Seeks to Tell Chattanooga’s Stories Through Art and Performance

By Andy Berke | August 13, 2019

“Each neighborhood has a story to tell.” This week, Mayor Andy Berke was joined by District 8 Councilman Anthony Byrd as they addressed neighborhood leaders and community members at Carver Youth and Family Development Center about the importance of neighborhoods. “There are good guys and heroes, but there are also villains. There are great stories of accomplishment. There are…

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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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