CLEVELAND, Tenn. — Looking forward to growth in Cleveland from Chattanooga’s Volkswagen plant and other spurs, city officials are considering hiring a planning consultant.
The City Council approved a resolution this week authorizing requests for qualifications and later, for proposals for five- and 10-year strategic plans.
“The basic paragraph is that the cost will be shared by the city and the county and that cost will be reduced with contributions from the Chamber, Cleveland Utilities and any other interested parties,” City Manager Janice Casteel said.
The Bradley County Commission has not been asked yet to vote on the resolution.
In late summer the Cleveland/Bradley Chamber of Commerce established a Growth Planning Task Force that includes city and county governments, utilities, schools, higher education and others. Council members also discussed developing a strategic plan at their fall planning retreat last week.
“The window of opportunity demands planning and strategic near-term and intermediate-term investments in transportation projects and programs; other infrastructure, public facilities and services; and housing to make ready for, and adapt to, the expected dramatic growth,” Community Development Director Greg Thomas reported to the council.
The deadline for companies to submit qualifications is noon Friday. A cost estimate for strategic planning has not been reported.
Randall Higgins covers news in Cleveland, Tenn., for the Times Free Press. He started work with the Chattanooga Times in 1977 and joined the staff of the Chattanooga Times Free Press when the Free Press and Times merged in 1999. Randall has covered Southeast Tennessee, Northwest Georgia and Alabama. He now covers Cleveland and Bradley County and the neighboring region. Randall is a Cleveland native. He has bachelor’s degree from Tennessee Technological University. His awards ...