Chattanooga works with Tennessee's three other biggest cities in effort to safely restart economy amid COVID-19

Mayor Jim Coppinger, left, and Mayor Andy Berke chat before a press conference at the McDaniel Building on Friday, March 13, 2020, in Chattanooga, Tenn. / Staff photo by C.B. Schmelter

Chattanooga is partnering with Nashville, Memphis and Knoxville to help weather the financial impact of the COVID-19 outbreak across the state.

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke announced Thursday the formation of an economic recovery task force led by mayors of the state's four major cities.

According to a release from Berke's office, Memphis Mayor Jim Strickland, Nashville Mayor John Cooper, Knoxville Mayor Indya Kincannon and Berke have formed the Tennessee Major Metros Economic Restart Task Force to plan and coordinate the restoration of business activity suspended due to the virus.

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"We have a global pandemic across the world that has led to economic devastation," Berke said in a news conference late Thursday. "I know that Chattanoogans want to be safe and healthy.