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Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke. Photo by Tim Barber/Times Free Press
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -

Brace for a big jump in the use of words like "committee," "task force" and "action plan."

Mayor Andy Berke's Chattanooga Forward initiative has released the first of six reports to the Berke Administration, publishing a 21-page document that calls for the creation of six new committees, an executive committee and a new board to lead a public-private partnership in promoting Internet technology and entrepreneurship.

"Perhaps the greatest weakness associated with local efforts to ramp up and promote our advances into the innovation economy is the lack of an effective and adequately resourced entity to lead and manage our efforts," members of the task force on Internet technology and entrepreneurship initiative. "All efforts thus far have been largely reactive, ad hoc, and driven by disconnected opportunities or crises. The potentially broad and deep benefits of a coordinated technology, gig, and entrepreneurship strategy are too great to leave to chance."

In its recommendations, the group called for concentrating innovative efforts in certain districts, while simultaneously working to ensure access to digital tools for all citizens.

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