READ THE SPEECH: Mayor Berke lists new programs, new goals in State of City address
UPDATE: Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke listed new programs and laid out bold new goals in his State of the City address.
At the Chattanooga Convention Center Thursday night, he declared victory over homelessness among Chattanooga's veterans, and next announced plans to take aim at homelessness in all neighborhoods, pledging to earmark funds in the budget to hire navigators and case managers to get those struggling most, into homes.
To aid students and families, he highlighted a new partnership called 'Handle with Care' in which teachers and administrators would be "read-in" when police are called to a child's house so they can understand and help.
Mayor Berke also addressed school safety.
"Starting now, the Chattanooga Police Department will ensure that every school in our city without an SRO and each early learning center has a specific police liaison with direct ownership for that school's safety and security," Mayor Berke said.
Hoping to promote economic security, Berke proposed Chattanooga Dream, a new coalition to study improving economic mobility and increasing wages.
Berke also demonstrated how neighborhood investment is going beyond downtown.
You can read the mayor's full speech below:
PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke will give the State of the City address on Thursday, April 18, 2019.
The address is expected to tell us where we are as a city and plans for improvement.
Facebook posts on the City of Chattanooga’s page suggest he could talk about economic advancements to have more people reach the middle class within 50 years. He may also address ways to get Chattanoogans healthier and keep the environment clean.
During his address last year, Mayor Berke had four targets. He wanted to establish an affordable housing fund of a million dollars. Those funds would be used to supplement federal funds, tax incentives, grants and private sector partnerships. The mayor also addressed developing the Innovation District. The goal was to keep the momentum of the technology moving into downtown. He is expected to give an update on all of those goals on Thursday.
The mayor’s address will begin at 5:30 pm at the Chattanooga Convention Center.