Harr: The Chattanooga way: Leadership Tennessee embodies city's can-do spirit

photo Ross's landing and the Tennessee Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga.

photo Ron Harr

People from all over the globe come to Chattanooga to study our transformation from a city on the decline to the thriving tourist and manufacturing hotspot we are today.

So what's our secret? I believe it's in the way we collaborate - Chattanooga is different because we learned how to pull together to get big things done. We even refer to it as "The Chattanooga Way."

Gov. Bill Haslam recently cited this very model of problem-solving in his State of the State address, calling Tennessee's history of collaborative leadership a distinguishing quality that has allowed our state to leverage the strengths of every sector - public, private and nonprofit - for the common good.