published Friday, May 17th, 2013

Chattanooga mayor: Safety, youth, jobs key priorities

Mayor Andy Berke
Mayor Andy Berke

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke today cited three priorities as the city’s new chief executive, calling for gains in public safety, youth development and economic and community development.

“We need to see a government that delivers these in the most effective way,” said Berke in remarks at the Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Chattanooga graduation.

Berke said youth development is “the best investment we can make.” He said it’s also central to improving public safety.

“For too long in our community, we have pointed fingers rather than raising hands and asking ‘Who is responsible for educating our kids?’” he said. “Today, I raise my hand as mayor and say the city is ready to do its part.”

The former state senator also challenged others to “raise your hand and take responsibility in our community.”

See full story in Saturday’s Times Free Press.

about Mike Pare...

Mike Pare, the deputy Business editor at the Chattanooga Times Free Press, has worked at the paper for 27 years. In addition to editing, Mike also writes Business stories and covers Volkswagen, economic development and manufacturing in Chattanooga and the surrounding area. In the past he also has covered higher education. Mike, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., received a bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida Atlantic University. he worked at the Rome News-Tribune before ...

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