A 40-year regional growth planning effort encompassing 15 counties in the Chattanooga area is taking a step forward, officials said today.
Three groups competing to oversee the initiative have been identified and officials will pick one after a Nov. 17 public meeting.
The competing teams are:
Officials aim to start the planning process in the first part of 2012.
"Our goal is to create a kind of business plan for the region," said Hamilton County Mayor Jim Coppinger.
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