Join Mayor Andy Berke as he delivers his State of the City address on April 25, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Chattanoogan Hotel.
Safety shouldn't end at the gates of our university. That's why the City of Chattanooga, CPD, and our Family Justice Center is partnering with UTC to better support and investigate crime on campus, specifically sexual assault and domestic violence.
A REVAMPED DEPARTMENT
Under new leadership, the Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) has been revamped to include a focus on community policing and deterrence strategies that address gang violence, juvenile offenders, and chronic offenders. Last year Chattanooga experienced 1,386 fewer crimes reported, which is an 11% decrease in crime citywide, and a robbery rate at a five year low.
DIVERSITY ON THE FORCE
The Chattanooga Police Department (CPD) has increased it's focus on diversity and inclusion. Through the Community Immersion Initiative, CPD provides cadets with valuable cultural and diversity experience to better address the needs of our citizens. And right now, CPD is working to recruit diverse officers to join the force.
Earlier this year, the City purchased 250 food vouchers to increase access to emergency food boxes for families struggling to put food on their table and helped raise over $7,000 (the equivalent of 28,000 meals) through the Food Bank’s “Give $5 Feed 20” campaign.
Smarter Students, Stronger Families
Partnering with EPB, we launched Netbridge to provide high speed internet at a low cost to families with children on free or reduced lunch. So far, over 1,100 public school students and their families now have access to 100Mbps internet in their home, at a price they can afford.
MAYOR'S YOUTH COUNCIL
Through the Mayor's Youth Council, area high school students share their ideas and their concerns about issues young people face today.
TECH GOES HOME
Through Tech Goes Home, we are working to address digital equity by providing residents with digital literacy training and access to hardware like Chromebooks at a reduced cost. Last year we expanded the initiative to reach 1,240 individuals (or 786 households).
Growing Our Local Economy
COUNCIL FOR WOMEN
Mayor Berke's Council for Women is working hard to create positive policy changes that advance the status of women and their families in Chattanooga and throughout the region.
As home to the first Innovation District in a mid-sized American city, Chattanooga is in full swing -- with companies flocking to the downtown core to be a part of our burgeoning tech sector.
In 2015, over 2,051 new jobs were created in Chattanooga and city-wide unemployment has dropped from 7.9% in 2013 to 5.4% today.
Higher Performing Government
In 2015, the City of Chattanooga launched a Public Works online tracker so residents can see in real-time where crews are clearing snow and which roads are closed.
Over the last year, the City has improved curbside recycling, increasing participation by 14.5% and collected recycling tonnage by 54.6%.
The Tivoli Foundation was formed to ensure the sustainability of the Tivoli Theatre and Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Auditorium, promoting them as vibrant attractions.
Tech Goes Home - http://www.chattanoogapulse.