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November 17, 2011

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The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce has organized a public meeting that is very significant to the entire Tri-State region. This Thursday, Nov. 17,  5:30 - 7:30 p.m., you are invited to gather at the Chattanoogan Hotel to hear from the three finalist teams of experts looking to lead the regional growth-planning process. The teams are comprised of expert firms within the fields of community engagement, various types of planning, financial analysis, data collection and establishing community metrics.

Each bidding team will make a presentation, with the citizen feedback gathered after the presentations. This is a long-range growth process for a significant portion of the Southeast region. While Chattanooga and the surrounding region have enjoyed some success in attracting global firms, the work of smart, sustainable growth planning in our infrastructure, transportation and the necessities of the flow of commerce must begin.

In a press statement, Tom Edd Wilson, President of the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce said, “In my mind, the regional planning process is about job growth. We’re competing against the whole world to retain and recruit employers. Coming together as a team on economic development will give us a tremendous advantage in making the most of our economic opportunities while preserving the quality of life that makes us so attractive to the companies we already have.”

It’s also about the quality of life here in our region. Planning on a regional scale such as this affects almost every part of daily life—and it’s not just up to elected types for a clear vision forward.

Regional Growth Planning Meeting: Nov. 17,  5:30 - 7:30 p.m., The Chattanoogan Hotel, 1201 S. Broad St.

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November 17, 2011

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