Looking to the future

CLEVELAND, Tenn. -- The first step toward the year 2035 is to reach some common ground among local governments -- Bradley County, Cleveland and Charleston.

That's what Greg Dale of the consulting firm McBride, Dale, Clarion Group told a group meeting Thursday evening to hear a progress report on long-range growth in the area.

The consulting group is helping the community toward a strategic plan that "tries to identify the common goals that each of the jurisdictions can agree to and the actions each of the jurisdictions can take, either in common or on their own, in pursuit of those common goals," Mr. Dale said.

Bradley County is expected to grow about 2 percent a year over the next two decades, the consultants said. By 2035, that will add the equivalent of Cleveland's present population of 37,000.