Berke Bulletin: February 8, 2019

February 11, 2019

Friends, What makes a neighborhood great? For some people, it’s having a nice park within walking distance of their home. Other people appreciate the locally-owned shops and restaurants that are unique to their part of town. Almost everyone values the connections that come when their neighborhoods are safe and social interactions are easy. Building stronger…

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Berke Bulletin: February 1, 2019

February 1, 2019

Friends, While big development projects downtown tend to get a lot of attention, I know how much the investments we make in neighborhoods throughout Chattanooga matter. That’s why I wanted to make sure you saw a few recent stories about what we’re doing to build stronger neighborhoods, starting with this piece in NOOGAToday about some…

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Berke Bulletin: January 16, 2019

January 16, 2019

Friends, Keeping Chattanooga safe requires outstanding police work — but also so much more. Civic organizations, churches, local businesses, and residents have to work together to prevent crime and help those who have run afoul of the law come back into our community safely and productively. This approach to crime reduction keeps getting results. For…

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Berke Bulletin: January 7, 2019

January 7, 2019

Dear Friends, Martin Luther King Jr once said: “If I cannot do great things, I can do small things in a great way.”  Every day, all across Chattanooga, people like you are doing so many great things to move our city forward. It might be picking up litter in your streets and parks, it might…

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Berke Bulletin: December 19, 2018

December 19, 2018

Friends, Stronger support for our youth, families, and senior citizens. More job readiness, education, and workforce development programs. Greater investment in public health, affordable housing, and social services. Improved infrastructure, especially paved roads, new sidewalks, and more bike lanes. These are among the top recommendations we heard from you, the public, about your priorities for…

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Berke Bulletin: December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018

Friends, Last Thanksgiving, I was downtown when I was approached by a man named Chris. He was a veteran who had served our country in the armed forces but had experienced homelessness. He told me that the help and hard work by City of Chattanooga staff had made it possible for him to move into…

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Berke Bulletin: November 26, 2018

November 26, 2018

Friends, I hope you had a terrific Thanksgiving. While our attention now turns to holiday shopping — and I know you’ll join me in shopping local again this year! — we shouldn’t forget how difficult this season can be for many people and families who are in need. Our office’s mission is to break down…

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Berke Bulletin: November 21, 2018

November 20, 2018

Friends, This week began with one of my favorite Chattanooga traditions — the community-wide potluck called Gratefull Chattanooga. When it began five years ago and was known as One Table, it drew a few hundred people to Miller Plaza for an afternoon of great food and fellowship. This past Monday, literally thousands of people from…

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