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Berke's State of the City address

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke bragged about lower unemployment, homeless vets now with housing, and taking city services to the doorstep with police and fire officers at his state of the city address, this evening.

"Today, we take stock of the challenges we face and the remarkable way Chattanoogans have responded over the last year and the new hurdles we will overcome to make our families stronger, our neighborhoods safer, and our city more prosperous."

Using personal stories of city residents he's met, Berke announced four new initiatives his office is promoting:

A compact between the police and UTC "address" sexual assault on campus.
A mayor's council on women chaired by Councilwoman Carol Berz  and State Representative Joann Favors.
A deal with EPB to provide high-speed Internet to families of children on reduced or free lunch at  $26.99 a month.

"Our low income families will have a faster connection than Park Avenue billionaires at a fraction of the cost."

"We know these jobs are coming. We must break down the barriers that keep local residents in every neighborhood from taking advantage of all of these opportunities."

That was in reference to a task force the city is forming with Volkswagen to make sure Chattanoogans are first in line for local automotive industry jobs.

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